Lost and found: Bob Welch's 'It's What Ya Don't Say'
I have a soft spot in my heart for '70s rockers who were forgotten in the '80s. Sometimes they are disparaged, but for Bob Welch it's what ya don't say that really hurts.
Bob Welch was an important part of '70s music as a member of Fleetwood Mac and providing some great singles in the late '70s with Ebony Eyes, Precious Love and Sentimental Lady. In the '80s, we forgot about Bob even though he put out solid singles like It's What Ya Don't Say that barely squeaked on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1982. The little seen video for It's What Ya Don't Say is a non-lip synched performance clip and shows Welch with permed hair, a much different look that his iconic album cover for his platinum-selling 1977 French Kiss album.
Before his solo success in the '70s, Welch was an integral member of Fleetwood Mac and if you listen to classic rock radio, you will recognize his lead-singing on the Fleetwood Mac classic album cut Hypnotized. In 1974, Welch was replaced in Mac by Lindsey Buckingham and was not invited by the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame to ceremonies inducting Fleetwood Mac in 1998. Although other early Mac members were invited and enshrined, Welch was snubbed despite that Mick Fleetwood has gone on record saying that Welch was the individual who was the glue to the band and kept them together during the '70s.
After his solo career flamed out in the '80s, Welch moved to Nashville to concentrate on songwriting. In 2012, Welch committed suicide in the aftermath of spinal surgery, pain and the fear of becoming an invalid.