"Bob Welch" (born August 31, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is a former member of Fleetwood Mac who had a brief successful solo career in the late 1970s. Singles included "Hot Love, Cold World," "Ebony Eyes", "Precious Love", and "Sentimental Lady"; also, "DanceShiva" is a club favorite.
Welch was born into a showbusiness family. His father, Robert Welch, was a producer on many hit films for Paramount Pictures in the 1940s and 1950s. His mother, Templeton, had been a singer and actress who worked with Orson Welles' Mercury Theater in Chicago, Illinois, and even appeared on a few episodes of The Honeymooners. As a youngster, Welch learned clarinet, switching to guitar in his early teens. He developed an interest in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock music. In the late 1960s he moved to Paris in order to attend the Sorbonne, but soon dropped out so he could pursue music full time.
Welch struggled with a variety of marginal bands until 1971, when he was invited to join Fleetwood Mac, then an erstwhile English blues band that had lost its two most prominent members, Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, within a few months. Along with fellow newcomer Christine McVie, Bob helpe...