Welch, a Los Angeles native, was asked to join the band in 1971 with the hope that he would increase their appeal in the United States. In the two years that followed, the band released a pair of albums, Future Games and Bare Trees, the latter of which featured the Welch-penned hit single “Sentimental Lady”. However, inner band conflict resulted in a revolving door lineup, and during one particularly bizarre incident, manager Clifford Davis claimed he owned the band’s name and told fans a “new” Fleetwood Mac — sans Bob Welch and John McVie — would tour the U.S.
Believing the band would receive better treatment from their label, Warner Bros., if they were based stateside, Welch convinced the real Fleetwood Mac to move to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. However, he departed the group following the release of 1974’s The Heroes Are Hard to Find. Incidentally, the band’s next album, Fleetwood Mac, would earn them superstardom.
Despite his efforts, Welch was not part of the lineup inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.