Bob Welch, the former singer-guitarist with Fleetwood Mac who wrote and sang one of the group's best early Seventies songs, Hypnotized, has died. He was 66.
It is reported that Welch died tragically at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Paying tribute, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood told Reuters: "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."
Listen to Hypnotized: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3SqYMgKhsk
In a statement, Fleetwood's bandmate, Stevie Nicks, who joined the group after Welch's departure, said: "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."
Los Angeles-born Welch joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 and sang and played guitar on five albums: Future Games, Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery to Me and Heroes Are Hard to Find.
After leaving the band, Welch formed the trio Paris and then embarked on a solo career, enjoying Top 10 success with Sentimental Lady, a track that first appeared on the Bare Trees album.
Listen to the solo version of Sentimental Lady: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvdD1PJYsy0.