Bob Welch – R.I.P.

Instead of relying on wire service copy, The Miami Herald published Howard Cohen’s excellent obit to guitarist-singer Bob Welch, the Pete Best of Fleetwood Mac, in his words. Although he took advantage of Rumours‘ massive success by accepting the services of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and producer Lindsey Buckingham on his 1978 hit French Kiss, whose “Sentimental Lady” is as solid as the other period super hits that used the Mac in some way (John Stewart’s “Gold,” Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves in London,” and Kenny Loggins’ “Whenever I Call You ‘Friend‘”), he still couldn’t get the public to remember he led the band during its most fraught period: the interzone between the enfeeblement of bluesman Peter Green and the arrival of Buckingham-Nicks in 1975. The apparent suicide makes things more poignant. I guess I should check out Mystery to Me.

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