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Friday, June 8, 2012

RIP Bob Welch

Posted by on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I'm sure most of y'all with the slightest ear to the web has already heard former Fleetwood Mac's guitarist, Bob Welch, has passed away. Sadly, it was not from natural causes, rather it was by his own hand. He was only 65.

I'd reckon you could say Welch was something of a rock legend via his involvement with Fleetwood Mac. He was one of the group's guitar players as they shifted from a strict British Blues outfit to a more radio friendly version of '70s rock. You can hear him playing on the clutch of albums perhaps now kinda forgotten, Future Games, Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery To Me, and Heros Are Hard To Find. I say forgotten as they were all issued in the four years prior to the Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joining. THAT is the SUPERSTAR Fleetwood Mac most everyone is familiar with...Rumors and Fleetwood Mac. After he split from the Mac he had some solo success with "Sentimental Lady" along with a handful of later singles, but he couldn't maintain hits and slipped into semi-obscurity in the '80s.

While I like the records he made with the Mac, I know Welch best as guitarst in the Seven Souls, a multi-racial, group soul, group. Their "I Still Love You," from 1967, still remains a stand out track from a label, Okeh, which was PACKED with stand out jams. "I Still Love You" credits Welch as writer.

It's flip, "I'm No Stranger," is equally bad ass. Uh-huh, that is two sides of solid sophistication, so much so if Welch had quit THEN, in 1967, this single would still carry his weight as legend.


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The world lost a great talent today, Bob Welsh, a early member of Fleetwood Mac. RIP Bob Walsh, you will be missed. Thank you for all the music you gave us , ncluding one of my absolute favorites, " Sentimental Lady. My memory of you as fan and limited knowledge of the music industry, was that every band wanted you to be part of their band and you made your rounds never being tied down with one group. You were a purist, less concerned about the fame and money and more interested in the music. I always thought of you as special because when you would appear on stage with many of the bands you did, we all knew we were going to be getting the best that night in concert. I am sad to hear you no longer wanted to be here in this life but I know you are in a better place because you couldn't write the beautiful music you did and not be invited to sing with the angels. My prayers go out to all those that are hurting today for your unexpected loss and I hope they find good memories to get them through any pain they might be having. Thank you for all you left us which was a hugh contribution to music and so much of it that I love.
Posted by Tusense96761 on June 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
Man, that's a good song. Also, "Sentimental Lady" runs through my head so often that I'd forgotten who recorded it--it's just that song that plays in my head when I hear the word "sentimental."
Posted by ratzkywatzky on June 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM · Report this

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