On Saturday, I learned of the tragic end of Bob Welch. Three months ago, he had spinal surgery and was apparently told that he would not recover and would be an invalid. He apparently told friends that he did not want his wife of 27 years, Wendy, to bear the burden of caring for him. He was found dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest on Thursday, June 7. Welch was 66 and was survived only by his wife.
Bob Welch laid the groundwork for Fleetwood Mac’s rise to pop stardom via his replacements and friends Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham; however, his many contributions as a member of Fleetwood Mac for four years have largely been ignored. When the band was inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, Welch was not invited to the ceremonies. Others who served in the pre-Buckingham/Nicks' version of the band, however, were inducted.
It is thought that a lawsuit for back royalties several years previous was the catalyst for Welch to be snubbed by his former band mates. During his tenure, Welch contributed to five Fleetwood Mac albums: “Future Games,” “Bare Trees,” “Penguin,” “Mystery to Me,” and “Heroes are Hard to Find.” Welch inspired the titles of two of those albums, “Future Games” – as he penned the title cut, and “Mystery to Me” that was named after a line found in his song “Emerald Eyes.”
I have already featured his two best known songs with Mac, “Sentimental Lady” from “Bare Trees” and “Hypnotized” from “Mystery to Me.” For the purpose of extending your understanding of Bob’s contributions to Mac, here’s a classic from 1971 “Future Games.” His distinct guitar rhythm technique and octave runs are recognizable on this cut.
When Welch left the band, he went on to form the band Paris which recorded two albums. His next album, “French Kiss” was originally slated to be “Paris 3”; however, it became his first solo album and produced three hits “Sentimental Lady,” “Ebony Eyes,” and “Hot Love, Cold World.” While Welch released twelve albums (including compilations), he only had one other Top 40 Hit, “Precious Love” in 1979.
Mainstream Americans are probably more familiar with Welch’s solo material, but I wanted to feature one of his Fleetwood Mac contributions to emphasize his pivotal role in the band. The world mourns Bob’s passing.
RBTG’s 900th Post RetrospectLike I had reported with every other 100th post anniversary, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 51 declared followers of the blog – up from 41 in February 2012. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers. The statistics are listed below:
|Number of Pages Viewed||92,533|
|People Visiting 200+ Times||1,198|
|People Visiting 101-200 Times||483|
|People Visiting 51-100 Times||288|
|People Visiting 26-50 Times||255|
|Number of Visitor Countries Represented||155|
|Percentage of Visitors Referred from Search Engines||65.25%|
|Percentage of Visitors Referred from Other Sites||25.47%|
|Percentage of Visitors via Direct Access||9.30%|
The Top Ten ChartsAs one would find in music trade magazines, I have prepared some Top Ten Charts for "Reading between the Grooves."
The Top Ten Visitor CountriesThe rankings remain static when compared to the previous 800th Anniversary. New countries and territories added include the following: Åland Islands, Bahamas, Cameroon, French Guiana, and Madagascar.
The Top Ten Pages via Direct AccessWhile most people (4,392) have visited the home page for “Reading Between the Grooves,” others enter distinct pages through page specific links and via search engine returns. Two new pages joined the list –Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Up Above My Head.” This particular chart is slow moving as it is cumulative – newer features on this site will have to be really popular to catch up to the total direct access of these ten songs.
The Top Days by Total VisitsThis chart represents the days that encountered the most visits and the content that was featured on those particular days. Only two of the selections came from the last 100 posts and two days since February that had no associated content placed in the top ten.
The #1 and #4 days are anomalies as they represent two days that had intensive viewing of the entire blog by two new visitors. These two individuals spent a great deal of time on the blog and looked at hundreds of pages during one single weekend.
|1||SAT||16 JUL 2011||Nektar – Let it Grow||625|
|2||MON||30 APR 2012||No Post Made||281|
|3||TUE||05 JUN 2012||Michael Hedges – Aerial Boudaries||274|
|4||SUN||17 JUL 2011||Liberty ‘N Justice & Robert Fleischman – The Lord’s Prayer||271|
|5||FRI||20 APR 2012||Levon Helm’s Last Waltz||270|
|6||SAT||28 JAN 2012||Steely Dan: My Old School||267|
|7||WED||26 OCT 2011||John Zacherle: Dinner With Drac||264|
|8||MON||23 JAN 2012||Outkast vs Queen: Hey...We Will Rock you...Ya||262|
|9||THU||09 FEB 2012||The Brother’s Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23||259|
|10||SAT||04 MAR 2012||No Post Made||281|
The Top Days by New VisitorsThis chart represents the days that encountered the most visits by first time visitors and the content that was featured on those particular days. All but two of these songs are new to this chart and eight are not older than 100 posts.
|Rank||Day||Date||Associated Content||New Visitors|
|1||MON||30 APR 2012||No Post||203|
|2||SAT||11 FEB 2011||Johnny Guitar Watson – Real Mother for Ya||198|
|3||TUE||13 MAR 2012||Jeff Beck & The Jan Hammer Group – Freeway Jam||181|
|4||TUE||04 JUN 2012||Lisa Loeb – I Do||181|
|5||TUE||05 JUN 2012||Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries||174|
|6||SAT||09 JAN 2012||The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter||173|
|7||THU||07 JUN 2012||Journey – Anyway You Want It||171|
|8||MON||27 FEB 2012||Dramatics – In the Rain||170|
|9||FRI||09 MAR 2012||Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain||168|
|10||TUE||17 APR 2012||Return to Forever – No Mystery||168|
As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves and remember, this blog will be wrapping up with our 1,000th post on September 26, 2012. The countdown begins.