Bob Welch
American musician
Bob Welch
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".
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Wayne Cordeiro Raked In Six Figures As New Hope Pastor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Wayne Cordeiro, New Hope Church’s charismatic founding pastor, has collected hefty salaries in recent years, sometimes more than $300,000 a year, according to tax disclosure forms. Cordeiro made a combined $678,000 in 2007 and 2008 just as president of the Honolulu-based nonprofit New Hope International Ministries, according to Internal Revenue Service 990 forms. Cordeiro’s also the director of New Hope Christian Fellowship — the network of New Hope churches — and a former president and current board member of New Hope Christian Colleges, but salary information from those organizations is harder to track down because the IRS exempts churches from filing annual returns. And data from the Bureau of Conveyances show that Cordeiro and his wife Anna have owned lots of expensive real estate, including a $2.3 million unit in the Hokua luxury condo that they bought in 2006 and sold in 2011, and a $928,000 unit in the Koolani condo complex that they bought last year. The family also spends ...
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Suzy Hayman DeYoung: Posttraumatic Growth
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The kids here are scared. Countless children, from elementary school-age to teens, are refusing to sleep alone. 10-year old Brian will only sleep in his single mother's bed. 13-year-old Michael has wedged a golf club on one side of his bed and a samurai sword on the other. His mother tells me he sometimes slips one of the ceremonial daggers they have in their home under his pillow. When 7-year-old Alex recently heard a snow plow travel past his house, an occurrence previously ignored, he went into a state of hysterical panic. Jenny, 13, has made it clear to her parents that she does not feel safe in school. She goes, but she does not feel safe. Over the past two months, Newtown, Connecticut has become a town of scared children. I lived in New York City during 9-11. While my daughter, a first grader at the time, was aware that something bad had happened, I was able to keep much of the event at bay. Television was turned off; the incident was rarely, if ever, discussed at ...
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Bob Welch's Missing Music: The Fleetwood Mac Years
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
After ex-Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist Bob Welch died on June 7th by his own hand at his home in Nashville his boss in the early Seventies drummer and Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood paid tribute to Welch and his time in the group "He was a huge part of our history which
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Bob Welch, Pop Singer and Guitarist, Is Dead
NYTimes - over 4 years
Mr. Welch, a guitarist and singer with Fleetwood Mac for about four years, had hits as a solo artist with “Ebony Eyes” and “Sentimental Lady.”
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Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch commits suicide
CBS - Atlanta - over 4 years
Bob Welch, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 66 years old.
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Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch commits suicide
CBS - Atlanta - over 4 years
Bob Welch, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 66 years old.
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Correction: US-Obit-Fleetwood Mac-Welch story
Access Atlanta - over 4 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a June 7 story about the death of former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, The Associated Press erroneously listed the year that the band's song "Don't Stop" became the anthem for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign.
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RIP: Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac's transition guitarist, commits suicide
Creative Loafing - over 4 years
Bob Welch — largely responsible for prepping a young Fleetwood Mac for the success the band would enjoy without him in the late ’70s — committed suicide in his Nashville home yesterday, June 6. He was 66.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Bob Welch, former member of Fleetwood Mac, dead at 65 of self-inflicted gunshot wound
Cleveland - over 4 years
Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who went on to write songs and record several hits during a solo career, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including "Sentimental Lady" in 1977 and "Ebony Eyes" in 1978.
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Bob Welch will be missed, says Alice Cooper
AZCentral - Arizona's Home Page - over 4 years
Alice Cooper says he'll miss Bob Welch, a highlight of his Christmas Pudding concert in 2008. It's always a shock to me to hear of a fellow rocker leaving our realm in this manner," Cooper says. "I guess you never know what might be going on in someone's life."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Welch
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 66
    On June 7, 2012, at the age of 66, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home at around 12:15 p.m.
    More Details Hide Details He was found by his wife, Wendy, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest; a nine-page suicide note and love letter had been written to Wendy. According to her, Welch had undergone spinal surgery three months earlier, but doctors told him that he would not fully recover. He was in serious pain and he did not want his wife to have to care for an invalid. Also, she believes that the pain medication pregabalin (Lyrica), which he had been on for six weeks, may have contributed to his death.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    He released more CDs with Fuel Records in 2008, 2010, and 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Welch appeared as an avatar named BobWelch Magic in 2008 performing solo acoustic favorites and hits live for 30 minutes, in a show with Von Johin (musician/publisher Mike Lawson) and Cypress Rosewood (musician Tony Gerber) in the virtual world of Second Life streaming live over the internet into the Gibson Island virtual stage from Lawson's studio. He had been married since 1985 to Wendy Armistead Welch of Memphis, Tennessee. The couple resided in Nashville.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 57
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    Welch and Armistead were married in December 1985, and remained together as husband and wife and business partners until his death.
    More Details Hide Details They relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to maintain Welch's sobriety in 1986. Welch abstained from illegal drugs (including marijuana) for the rest of his life. Thereafter, he turned away from performing and recording and focused his attention on songwriting for others. In Phoenix, the Welches put together a short-lived group called Avenue M, who went on tour and recorded one song for a greatest hits compilation. They later moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1999, Welch released an experimental jazz/loop based album, Bob Welch Looks at Bop.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was not a good time." The day he got out of detox, he was introduced to Wendy Armistead (an employee of Michael Viner and Deborah Raffin) by Taryn Power (Tyrone Power's daughter) and Tony Sales at the Central (now the Viper Room).
  • 1980
    Age 34
    From 1980 to 1981, he hosted a music video program, Hollywood Heartbeat.
    More Details Hide Details Welch released solo albums into the early 1980s (The Other One, Man Overboard, Bob Welch, and Eye Contact) with decreasing success.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This album (ultimately certified platinum by RIAA) marked Welch's commercial apogee, peaking at #12 on the Billboard album chart in 1978. It yielded three hit singles: a revamped version of "Sentimental Lady" produced by Buckingham and McVie (#8), the rocker "Ebony Eyes" (#14; featuring Juice Newton on backing vocals) and "Hot Love, Cold World" (#31). Welch followed up French Kiss with 1979's Three Hearts, an album that replicated the rock/disco fusion of French Kiss. It peaked at #20 (earning a RIAA gold certification) and spawned the hit "Precious Love" (#19), while the follow-up single "Church" (#73) also charted.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 28
    Welch resigned from Fleetwood Mac in December 1974 and was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
    More Details Hide Details Of the Fleetwood Mac albums on which Welch appeared, American album sales totaled 500,000 units shipped between 1971 and 2000 for Future Games; 1 million units of Bare Trees between 1972 and 1988; and 500,000 units of Mystery to Me between 1973 and 1976, when it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The Buckingham–Nicks version of Fleetwood Mac achieved superstar status with the albums Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977), which shipped 5 million and 20 million units in the US alone, both reaching #1 in the US. (Rumours, which has shipped 40 million units worldwide, is one of the most successful sound recordings ever released.) Mick Fleetwood continued to manage Bob Welch's career into the 1980s. In 1994, Welch sued Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, band attorney and attorney Michael Shapiro and Warner Bros. Records for breach of contract related to underpayment of royalties. In 1978, Welch and the three band members signed a contract with Warner Bros. agreeing to an equal share of all royalties from their Fleetwood Mac albums. Welch alleged that the three subsequently had struck various deals with Warner Bros. that gave them higher royalty rates. Welch alleged that Fleetwood and the McVies had failed to inform him of the new, higher royalty rate, thus depriving him of his fair share of royalties. The breach of contract lawsuit was settled in 1996.
    In 1974, for the first time, Fleetwood Mac had only one guitarist, Welch, who took over lead guitarist duties.
    More Details Hide Details The quartet of Welch, Fleetwood, and the McVies represented the ninth line-up in the band's seven-year history. Warner Bros. made a new record deal with the band, which recorded and released the album Heroes Are Hard to Find on Reprise in September 1974. The album became the band's first to crack the Top 40 in the United States, reaching #34 on the Billboard album chart. The Heroes Are Hard to Find tour proved to be the last for Welch. The constant touring had taken its toll on him. His marriage was failing and he felt that he had hit the end of his creative road with the band. In a 1999 online question and answer session on the Fleetwood Mac fan site The Penguin, Welch also said he felt estranged from John and Christine McVie while he felt close to Fleetwood, with whom he asserted he was running the band in 1974.
  • 1973
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Mystery to Me contained the Welch song "Hypnotized", which got a lot of airplay on the radio in the United States. However, due to an aborted tour, Mystery to Me only reached #67 in the States, as that market was becoming increasingly important to the band, which was shipping albums in the respectable range of 250,000 units at the time. Internal stresses caused by line-up changes, touring and the failing marriage of Christine and John McVie (exacerbated by John's alcoholism), and an affair between Weston and Fleetwood's wife, Jenny Boyd, proved debilitating to the band. Fleetwood was devastated by his wife's revelation of the affair, and Weston was sacked from the band. Fleetwood's personal problems led to the cancellation of a planned tour in the United States. The band's manager, Clifford Davis, decided not to cancel the tour and claimed that he owned the name Fleetwood Mac. According to Welch, Davis sent letters to all the remaining Fleetwood Mac band members saying he was putting a new "star-quality, headlining act" together and offering them jobs in this new band. Welch said that he believed that Davis' gambit was ignored by them all. Without telling any of the band members, Davis then set up a tour with a new group of musicians, booking them into venues in the United States under the name "Fleetwood Mac" even though none of the new musicians had ever played with any previous incarnation of the band.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Before a concert on that year's US tour, Kirwan and Welch fought over tuning and Kirwan flew into a rage, smashing his guitar and refusing to go onstage. He reportedly smashed his head bloody on a wall in back of the stage, then moved into the sound booth to watch the show, where the band struggled without him as Welch tried to cover his guitar parts. After the fiasco of a show, he criticized the band. Fleetwood subsequently fired Kirwan, partly on the recommendation of Welch. The artistic direction of Fleetwood Mac essentially was left in the hands of Welch and Christine McVie. Over the next three albums Fleetwood Mac released, they constantly changed line-ups around the core of Mick Fleetwood, the McVies and Welch. Kirwan was replaced by Savoy Brown lead singer Dave Walker and Bob Weston on lead guitar. Both Walker and Weston appeared on Penguin, released in January 1973, cracking the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the U.S., reaching #49.
  • 1971
    Age 25
    In the summer of 1971, the remaining members of Fleetwood Mac held auditions at their retreat in England, Kiln House, while seeking a guitarist to replace Spencer.
    More Details Hide Details Judy Wong, a friend of the band who served at times as their secretary (the Kirwan-written song "Jewel-Eyed Judy" was dedicated to her), recommended her high school friend Welch to the band. Welch (who has been described as Wong's high school boyfriend) was living in Paris at the time. The band had a few meetings with Welch and decided to hire him without actually playing with him or listening to any of his recordings. Welch was given the role of rhythm guitar, backing up lead guitarist Danny Kirwan. It was felt that having an American in the band might extend Fleetwood Mac's appeal in the States. Welch eventually went to live in the band's communal home, a mansion called Benifold, which was located in Hampshire. (Using mobile equipment borrowed from The Rolling Stones, the band recorded three albums at Benifold: Bare Trees, Penguin and Mystery to Me.) The band's first album to feature Welch and McVie, Future Games, was recorded, however, at Advision Studios in London (as is cited on the back of the album jacket) and Bare Trees was recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in Wembley.
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 23
    The Seven Souls broke up in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Welch moved back to Paris and started a trio, Head West, which was not a success. Welch told People Magazine, in his 1979 interview, that the two years in Paris between 1969 and 1971 were spent "living on rice and beans and sleeping on the floor." During his time in Paris, Bob became friends with future CBS correspondent Ed Bradley, years later Ed came to Sunset Sound to hang out during the making of French Kiss.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 7
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bob's mother, Templeton Fox, had been a singer and actress who worked with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and appeared on TV and in movies from 1962 to 1979. As a youngster, Welch learned clarinet, switching to guitar in his early teens. He had received his first guitar at the age of eight. The young Welch developed an interest in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music. After graduating from high school, Welch eschewed attending Georgetown University, where he had been accepted, to move to Paris, professedly to attend the Sorbonne. Welch told People Magazine in a 1979 interview that, in Paris, "I mostly smoked hash with bearded guys five years older." He spent time "sitting in the Deux Magots café" rather than attending to his studies, and eventually returned to Southern California, where he studied French at UCLA.
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on August 31, 1945.
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