Robert Lawrence Welch Jr. (August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012) was an American musician who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He had a successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included “Hot Love, Cold World”, “Ebony Eyes”, “Precious Love”, “Hypnotized”, and his signature song, “Sentimental Lady”.
Welch had undergone spinal surgery three months prior to his death. Despite the surgery, doctors told him his prognosis for recovery was poor, and he would eventually become an invalid. He was still in considerable pain, despite taking the medication pregabalin (Lyrica) for six weeks. On June 7, 2012, around 6:00 am, Welch died by suicide, shooting himself in his Nashville home; his wife Wendy discovered his body. He left a nine-page suicide note and love letter for Wendy. He was 66 years old. Wendy died on November 28, 2016, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease, also aged 66. Bob and Wendy Welch are buried beside each other in Memphis, Tennessee.
An exhibit chronicling Bob Welch’s career opened at The Musicians Hall of Fame at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on August 27, 2018. Despite the lawsuit over a decade earlier, Fleetwood wrote a tribute for the exhibit. His estate has endowed a scholarship to support Belmont School of Music students.
French Kiss is the solo debut by former Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch. Released September 16, 1977. The songs, with the exception of “Sentimental Lady”, were intended for a projected third album by Welch’s previous band, Paris. However, the group fell apart in 1977 before recording could begin. So instead, Welch used these songs for his debut solo album.
For the most part, French Kiss presents a mix of hard rock guitar, disco-ish rhythms and sweeping strings. The big hits were “Ebony Eyes” (with backing vocals by Juice Newton), which peaked at number 14 in the US; and a revised version of “Sentimental Lady”, a song that Welch had originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac in 1972 for the album Bare Trees, which peaked at number 8. “Hot Love, Cold World” also became a minor hit, which peaked at number 31.
The album itself peaked at number 12 in the US and later went platinum. It is Welch’s best-selling album.
“Sentimental Lady” 2:52
“Easy to Fall” 3:31
“Hot Love, Cold World” 3:39
“Mystery Train” 3:07
“Lose My Heart” 1:55
“Ebony Eyes” 3:33
“Lose Your…” 0:45
“Dancin’ Eyes” 3:20
“Lose Your Heart” 3:16
Bob Welch – vocals, guitar, bass guitar Alvin Taylor – drums (except “Sentimental Lady”) Mick Fleetwood – drums on “Sentimental Lady” Christine McVie – background vocals on “Sentimental Lady”, “Easy To Fall” and “Lose Your Heart” Lindsey Buckingham – guitar and background vocals on “Sentimental Lady” Gene Page – string arrangements Juice Newton – background vocals on “Ebony Eyes”
This week on the Sounds of The 70s it’s “The Hits from this Week in 1978 & 1979” with Dan Varroney today at 7:00 am ET at http://www.radiomaxmusic.com. We’ll feature, Andy Gibb, A Taste of Honey, City Boy, Bob Welch, Cars, Robert Palmer Jackson Browne, Bill Labounty, Jefferson Starship, ELO, Cheap Trick, Eddie Rabbit, Heatwave, Eddie Money, John Stewart, Donna Summer, and so much more.
Tonight we’ll feature Steely Dan, The Four Seasons, Heart, Andrew Gold, Daniel Boone, Leo Sayer, James Taylor, Manfred Mann, Dave Mason, The Who, Bob Welch, Triumph, Jimmy Buffet, Kiss, Boz Scaggs, Supertramp, and much more. Join us at 7:00 pm!
Sounds of the Seventies Live with Dan Varroney tonight at 7:00 pm ET. This week it’s “Top Hits of the Seventies.” We’ll feature Dire Straits, Bee Gees, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Raspberries, Robert Palmer, Bob Welch, Boston, Chi-Lites, and John Paul Young.
Sounds of the Seventies with Dan Varroney. This week in honor of Valentine’s Day it’s “Love Songs of the Seventies.” We’ll feature great love songs from Bread, Paul Davis, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Partridge Family, Boz Scaggs, Bob Welch, Donna Summer, and the Doobie Brothers.
Aaron said Welch apparently had had health issues recently. He said a suicide note was left.
Fleetwood Mac’s career took off in the mid-1970s after Welch left the band. “Dreams” was a No. 1 hit in 1977 and “Don’t Stop” the same year. “Don’t Stop” later became the anthem for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. “Hold Me” was a hit in 1982, as was “Little Lies” in 1987.
Welch, a native of Los Angeles, scored his biggest hit with “Sentimental Lady,” which reached No. 8 on the Billboard chart. His other singles included “Hot Love, Cold World” in 1978 and “Precious Love” in 1979.