WELCH is best known as singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the immensely
successful rock band FLEETWOOD MAC-and for his own platinum solo albums and
top-ten hits such as SENTIMENTAL LADY and EBONY EYES from FRENCH KISS on
Bob started his career with a show band, the SEVEN SOULS, playing night clubs
around the country. Las Vegas lounges, and chic European resorts after
having a Top-20 hit on the L.A. R&B charts. While living in Europe , where
he was majoring in French at the Sorbonne, he was chosen to fill the guitar
spot in FLEETWOOD MAC. He flourished with the band as a songwriter and
guitarist, and wrote and sang 22 of the 50 songs on five albums.
Bob left FLEETWOOD MAC to form the group PARIS with SOUPY SALES' son, Hunt
Sales, and JETHRO TULL's bass player, Glenn Cornick.. After two albums with
PARIS, Bob's solo career took off in 1977 with a series of albums that
generated 8 top-ten singles. During this time, he appeared and often
guest-hosted on TV shows like DICK CLARK'S NEW AMERICAN BANDSTAND, DON
KIRSHNER'S ROCK CONCERT, SOLID GOLD and BERT SUGARMAN'S MIDNIGHT SPECIAL.
This lead to Bob hosting his own
pre-MTV syndicated weekly music variety TV series HOLLYWOOD HEARTBEAT for
Gold Key Media. His two-hour live TV musical special, "BOB WELCH AND
FRIENDS" was an MTV first. He continued on, recording more solo albums for
RCA Records, and the worldwide sales of Bob's FLEETWOOD MAC and solo career
record output continued to soar into the tens of millions.
During his career as a solo artist, Welch received numerous awards including
BILLBOARD'S "FAVORITE DEBUT ARTIST" AWARD and the NORTH AMERICAN ROCK
RADIO'S "#1 POP SINGLE NEW MALE ARTIST" AWARD, as well as playing in front
of the largest rock concert audience ever (over 300,000 people) at CAL JAM
Both RHINO RECORDS and CURB RECORDS have recently released collections of
Bob's solo material, and FLEETWOOD MAC has released a 25th anniversary boxed
set, "THE CHAIN," which includes some of Bob's work with that band, as well
as re-releasing on CD all his former recordings with FLEETWOOD MAC.
Bob helped found AFTRA'S "SINGERS NIGHT" at the famous BLUEBIRD CAFE, when
he served on the their Board of Directors. He is currently a member of
ASCAP (32 years), NSAI and is a voting member of NARAS. Bob's songs have
been cut by SAMMY HAGAR, POINTER SISTERS, BRUCE CHANNEL, DON NIX, and most
recently, by KENNY ROGERS. Bob has had his material used in HBO movies,
like "TOUGH AND DEADLY," and one of his compositions is featured in the
DREAMWORKS/STEVEN SPIELBERG production directed by CAMERON CROWE, "Almost
Bob has music compositions with various production music libraries such as
DSM Producers in New York.
As an endorsee of GIBSON guitars, Bob performs at guitar clinics at
different cities in the area, such as Chicago, Memphis, and Birmingham. Bob
was one of the first on-line interviews and one of the first endorsees for
COMPUSERVE'S MUSIC FORUM, Bob performed on the "FIRST VIRTUAL GUITAR LESSON"
on CD ROM in conjunction with Gibson guitars for COMPUSERVE MAGAZINE. He
continues to do the multiple interviews and rock bios for TV networks like
the DISNEY CHANNEL and the BBC.
Bob received an award from A.S.C.A.P commemorating over 25 years of
consecutive airplay for his compositions "SENTIMENTAL LADY and HYPNOTIZED"
In 1999 Bob released a new CD , "Bob Welch Looks At Bop", a tribute to the
"BE BOP" music of the 1940's. He also writes a column for the music
professionals website and magazine "ARTISTPRO.COM", and is an audio
consultant for A.M.D computers and for STEINBERG Gmbh, the audio production
Bob was featured in a July 2002 WALL STREET JOURNAL article spotlighting
"songwriting by e-mail collaboration."
Bob's song , "Sentimental Lady" is featured in the November 2002 release,
"ABOUT SCHMIDT," starring JACK NICHOLSON and KATHY BATES.
On July 8th 2003, One Way Records released Bob's latest CD; "Bob Welch;
His Fleetwood Mac Years And Beyond"
Bob has done several fundraisers at
the world famous Bluebird cafe in Nashville.
In 2006 "Fleetwood Mac Years And
Beyond 2" was released.