Robert Welch, 31 July 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA. Singer-songwriter Welch, the son of a movie producer and an actress, was raised in Hollywood. After studying as a French major at UCLA, Welch joined the R&B band Ivory Hudson And The Harlequins, who later changed their name to Seven Souls before breaking up in 1969 after failing to secure a recording contract. Welch was working in a Parisian R&B club in 1971 when he received an invitation to join Fleetwood Mac as their guitar player. He remained a member until December 1974 when the pressures of keeping the band afloat during its most turbulent era proved too great. During his stay he was quite prolific as a songwriter and wrote among others, the excellent Sentimental Lady for their Bare Trees and was credited with most of the material for Heroes Are Hard To Find.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac, Welch formed Paris with drummer Thom Mooney and bass player Glenn Cornick (ex-Jethro Tull), but left in 1977 to begin a solo career. Mick Fleetwood helped his former colleague secure a record contract and the resultant French Kiss spawned a US Top 10 hit in a re-working of Sentimental Lady and two further chart entries in Ebony Eyes and Hot Love, Cold World. Precious Love from Three Hearts reached the US Top 20 in 1979, but Welch was subsequently unable to repeat such success. He moved base to Phoenix, Arizona to work on film soundtracks before taking up residency in Nashville. He has continued to remain involved in music, and his first new album in over fifteen years, the jazz-orientated Looks At Bop, was released in 1999.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.