by Robert Wilkinson
A few weeks ago, the great Bob Welch took himself out of the game of life through a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Today we showcase some of his spectacular talent as a guitarist and songwriter.
From Wikipedia, “On June 7, 2012, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home at around 12:15 p.m. He was found by his wife with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest; a suicide note had been left behind. According to his wife, Welch had spinal surgery three months earlier and doctors had told him he would not get better, and he did not want her to have to care for an invalid.”
He was born August 31, 1945, giving him the same birthday, same year, as the great Van Morrison. So here are some memories, some hauntingly beautiful tunes, and a sad goodbye to a great talent.
“Future Games” was the first album he did with Fleetwood Mac in 1971. Here’s the title track which he wrote, “Future Games”
Here’s a live performance by Fleetwood Mac in 1972 on their German tour of “Future Games” set to stills. Also from “Future Games,” the studio version of Bob’s other composition on that great album, “Lay It All Down”
From the second album he did as lead guitarist with Fleetwood Mac in 1972, “Bare Trees,” one of his most famous compositions, the beautiful “Sentimental Lady” Here’s the studio version from his first solo album in 1977, “French Kiss,” of “Sentimental Lady” (He was backed on the album by Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham.)
Here’s the other tune he wrote on “Bare Trees,” “The Ghost”
From 1973’s “Penguin,” here’s the Bob Welch penned “Bright Fire”
From 1973’s “Mystery To Me,” the studio version of the haunting “Hypnotized”
Here’s Bob live with Mick Fleetwood in 1981 doing “Hypnotized.”
From the same show, another Bob Welch legendary composition from his post-Fleetwood Mac days, “Ebony Eyes.” His lead at the end really smokes!
From the 1978 Cal Jam live show, here’s Bob with Stevie Nicks doing “Ebony Eyes.”
Also from “Mystery to Me,” the studio versions of Bob’s compositions.
From “Heroes are Hard to Find,” Bob’s last album with Fleetwood Mac, a live performance from the Record Plant in 1974 of “Angel”
More from the studio album:
We’ll close this sad tribute with another play of his most famous tune set to a music video.
RIP Bob. Sorry you felt you had to check out so young at 66. I understand you not wanting to be an invalid, but your death is our loss.
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson