Friday, June 08, 2012

Bob Welch Has Died


Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who also had a solo career, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was 65.

I always felt sorry for Bob Welch because he left the band in 1974 I think. Right after he left Fleetwood Mac had their biggest fame and all their number one songs. When they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they didn't include him and he said it was because they didn't like him. Stevie Nicks did say nice things about him yesterday when she heard the news and he did have a fairly solid solo career and even had a song reach number 8.

23 comments:

Henriette said...

That reminds me of the fifth Beatle.

Blankverse said...

I can see him now. . .sitting with Pete Best and both just shaking their heads and laughing about how 'life's a bitch sometimes' but at least now they can have the coolest jam session around with Jimmy, Janis, Michael, Elvis, etc.

Blankverse said...

@Henriette, wasn't the 5th Beatle Brian Epstein? Or maybe even George Martin?

lucy said...

Blankverse, I think Pete Best is still alive.

Porcineum said...

He was here and warm.

Blankverse said...

My apologies/not enough caffeine yet: ) I mixed up Pete Best with Stu Sutcliffe, the original bass player.

AKM said...

I'll definitely be listening to BARE TREES and HEROES ARE HARD TO FIND today. Such amazing guitar work from that man, and a lovely voice as well. Sad. :-(

Henriette said...

@blankverse
The "fifth Beattle" is a long standing joke. McCartney said Brian Epstein (their manager) was the "fifth Beattle." George Harrison said there were two, Derek Taylor and Neil Aspinall. Neither of them are musicans, but long standing PR people.

Eddie Murphy did some wonderful bits about being the "fifth Beatle."

katsm0711 said...

My boyfriend wishes he was the fifth Beatle.

SueRH said...

Pete Best has been referred to as the fifth Beatle.

Porcineum said...

You know who the REAL 5th Beatle was? John Lennon's insecurity.

corode said...

I seem to remember vaguely, that he was asked to leave the band on account of the fact he was bumping uglies with the then Mrs Fleetwood.

AKM said...

No, Jennie Boyd Fleetwood had the affair with Bob Weston, not Bob Welch.

AKM said...

(Welch always said that he left because the touring was grueling, and the legal battle between management and the real Fleetwood Mac and the fake Fleetwood Mac that was going around at the time was too much to handle.)

corode said...

@AKM. Apologies, I must try and remember things 'clearly' as opposed to 'vaguely'.

pilly said...

9th grade Michael Cavers kissing my neck. Sentimental Lady playing on American Top 40. (KJR in Seattle?).

Bless him

I love how music sparks memories.

I hope he's found Peace

Sherry said...

Oh Philly! I could not remember the song. But I was in the 9th grade too. God you must be old.LOL!

Dead Angel said...

I was really saddened to hear he shot himself in the chest due to health reasons, it's just a horrible end and so traumatic for his poor wife who found him. I loved the last Fleetwood Mac album he was on and literally wore that bad boy out.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

RIP, dear man. So very sad about this.

tamarind said...

aw, poor guy....not an easy life for this one.
rest.in.peace.

AKM said...

@corode - I hope you didn't think I was being snarky. I'm just a big Mac nerd. Bob Weston, Bob Welch...easy names to confuse. :-)

pilly said...

I am! I had a dinosaur as a PET!!!!! Hahahaha

Henriette said...

Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best. I guess they could have two drummers, but that may have been awkward.