Guitarist and singer Bob Welch, who helped Fleetwood Mac transition from pure blues musicians into more lightweight pop artists, died on June 7 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 66.
Welch's most notable songs for Fleetwood Mac were "Sentimental Lady" from 1972's Bare Trees and "Emerald Eyes" from Mystery to Me, the following year. Welch's debut solo album, 1977's French Kiss, included the top-20 hit, "Ebony Eyes," along with a re-recorded "Sentimental Lady." He went on to record another five studio albums, but none matched the success of his solo debut.