I was sadden to hear about the death Bob Welch yesterday.  He was found by his wife in his Nashville home around noon  (June 7) from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Bob Welch was 65. He was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 through 1974, that's before they made it big. He was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham, but no doubt he help the group form their amazing sound. Unfortunately, when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Welch was not included.

"It basically comes down to the fact that they don't like me anymore," he told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland at the time. "I guess they can do what they want. I could understand it if I had been a sideman for a year. But I was an integral part of that band ... I put more of myself into that band than anything else I've ever done."

Stevie Nicks Told The Associated Press:

"The death of Bob Welch is devastating ... I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac. He was an amazing guitar player — he was funny, sweet — and he was smart. I am so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac — so, so sad ..."

His solo career is what I remember.  His album 'French Kiss' came out in 1977, featuring his hits ‘Sentimental Lady’ and 'Ebony Eyes.' I loved both those songs and I remember seeing the videos on The Midnight Special that aired on Friday nights hosted by Wolfman Jack.

Welch had reportedly been suffering health issues in recent years and left a suicide note.

I've always loved this song. And it's not just because I have very dark brown eyes...

This is the song most people remember.  Can you hear Christine McVie on the back up vocals? Hard to miss!

via Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch dead at 65 - NYPOST.com.