2012 – Bob Welch, an early member of rock band Fleetwood Mac died on This Day in Rock History! Bob was 66 when he apparently committed suicide at his home in Nashville with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and a suicide note.
Mick Fleetwood said that Welch’s suicide was “incredibly out of character.” “He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking,” he said.
“He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten … mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us,” Fleetwood said.
“If you look into our musical history, you’ll see a huge period that was completely ensconced in Bob’s work.”
He was invited to join Fleetwood Mac after the departure of founding members Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. He played guitar and was a vocalist with the band from 1971 to 1974, working on five of their early albums including 1971’s “Future Games,” 1972’s “Bare Trees” and 1973’s “Mystery to Me.”
Stevie Nicks released a statement, saying Welch’s death “devastating.”b”He was an amazing guitar player – he was funny, sweet – and he was smart – I’m so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac – so, so sad,” Nicks said.
Welch sued Fleetwood Mac for failure to pay royalties in 1994. Later he was excluded from FM’s induction in to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.