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Former Fleetwood Mac Member Bob Welch Dead at 65


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Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 65, the Associated Press reports. Welch was found dead by his wife in their Nashville home today just after noon. According to Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron, the musician had been dealing with health issues recently and left a suicide note.

 

 

Welch was a guitarist and vocalist in Fleetwood Mac from 1971 until 1974. He joined the group along with Christine and John McVie, and helped establish a more melodic direction for the band after the departure of guitarist Peter Green. He was the sole guitarist on Heroes Are Hard to Find, which was his last record with the band. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the group shortly after Welch's exit.

 

Welch went on to pursue a solo career, with Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood serving as his manager well into the Eighties. He scored a handful of hits, including "Sentimental Lady," a cut featuring backing vocals by Buckingham and Christine McVie, in 1977, and "Ebony Eyes" in 1978

 

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/former-fleetwood-mac-member-bob-welch-dead-at-65-20120607#ixzz1x9JJOLVX

 

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That`s just an absolute tragedy,I never would have thought that someone who could write such uplifting music would ever commit suicide,then again we don`t know what kind of health issues he had.He could`ve been terminally ill with cancer or some other terrible disease that caused excruciating pain or was robbing him of his mobility or independence.When I first heard Sentimental Lady,both with Fleetwood Mac and on his French Kiss album I was blown away by it and became an instant fan.He was a brilliant musician and an extremely gifted songwriter.At least his tortured soul is finally at rest.

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I thought he was terrific. Loved his 1971-74 FM albums, great guitar interaction with Danny Kirwan, and recently passed Bob Weston. Paris -- 1st album pretty heavy stuff, 2nd one, Big Towne was 10 years ahead of its time.

Solo records cool, some more than others.

 

Good songwriter, good guitarist -- a staunch Gibson guy using Les Pauls, SGs, 6/12 doubleneck, and even a RD Artist!

He lived in Nashville and had some association with Gibson.

 

Buried on the Bob Welch site was a story about how Gibson restored his totally hacked ES 345 which was butchered in the early 70s by a Fleetwood roadie or someone who presented themselves as a guitar repair expert.

 

Anyway, Godspeed, Bob Welch. You will be missed.

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