Bob Welch

Born Aug 31, 1945

Robert Lawrence "Bob" Welch, Jr. is an American musician. A former member of Fleetwood Mac, Welch had a briefly successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included "Hot Love, Cold World", "Ebony Eyes", "Precious Love", and "Sentimental Lady".… Read More

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  • Bob Welch, Pop Singer And Guitarist, Is Dead
    NYTimes - Jun 12, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Welch.


1945 Birth Born on August 31, 1945.
1953 7 Years Old He also worked as a TV producer, responsible for the 25th Annual Academy Awards TV special in 1953 and The Thin Man TV series in 1958–59. … Read More


1969 23 Years Old …  The Seven Souls broke up in 1969. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Bob Welch struggled with a variety of marginal bands until 1971, when he was invited to join Fleetwood Mac, then an erstwhile British blues band that had lost two of its three front-line members, Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, within a few months. Along with fellow newcomer Christine McVie, a keyboardist/singer-songwriter (formerly of the British blues band Chicken Shack, and newly married to Fleetwood Mac founding bassist John McVie), Welch helped to steer the band in a more melodic direction, particularly after lead guitarist/singer-songwriter Danny Kirwan left the band in 1972.
1972 26 Years Old The end for Kirwan came in August 1972, during an American tour, when he stormed off stage in a violent rage after arguing with Welch. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old Walker's style did not mesh with Fleetwood Mac and he was dismissed and did not appear on Mac's second album of 1973, Mystery to Me, which was released six months after Penguin. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, for the first time, Fleetwood Mac had only one guitarist, Welch, who took over lead guitarist duties. … Read More


1977 31 Years Old In September 1977, Welch released his first solo album, French Kiss (originally to have been called Paris 3), a mainstream pop collection featuring contributions from Fleetwood, Buckingham and Christine McVie. … Read More
1980 34 Years Old From 1980 to 1981, he hosted a music video program, Hollywood Heartbeat. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old 1 More Event
During this period, he partied with nouveau hard rock band Guns N' Roses (who rehearsed in his garage) and developed a short lived cocaine and heroin addiction for less than a year before being hospitalized in the spring of 1985; according to Welch in 1999, "I was being a very bad boy, very decadent, very cynical, VERY stoned. … Read More


2003 57 Years Old He followed this up in 2003, with His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond, which contained new recordings of songs he originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac, as well as some solo hits.


2006 60 Years Old In 2006, he released His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond 2, which mixed a half-dozen new compositions, along with a similar number of his Mac/solo remakes.
2008 62 Years Old He released more CDs with Fuel Records in 2008, 2010, and 2011. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 7, 2012, at the age of 66, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home at around 12:15 p.m. … Read More
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