On Jan. 21, 1978, after six weeks on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, Bob Welch’s French Kiss peaked at #12.
Welch had been a singer, songwriter and guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, beginning in 1971 with Future Games, when he replaced Jeremy Spencer. His title track, “Future Games,” is a beautiful song (even at over eight minutes in length).
Welch called his period with Fleetwood Mac the bridge years (bridging and sustaining the band between its original lineup and the eventual superstar group with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks). During his stint, Welch wrote numerous songs, including “Sentimental Lady” from 1972’s Bare Trees and “Hypnotized” from 1973’s Mystery to Me. He left the band after 1974’s Heroes Are Hard to Find and its supporting tour.
Following Fleetwood Mac, Welch formed the band Paris, which released two albums before it broke up. Welch took the music he had written for the third Paris LP and channeled it into a solo album. In 1977, he began work on his LP and even received help from Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham on his re-recording of “Sentimental Lady.” The song was the lead track on French Kiss and also its first single, going to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
French Kiss was a pleasant mixture of hard rock, pop and disco rhythms. The second single from the album, “Ebony Eyes,” went to #14 on the charts and a third single, “Hot Love, Cold World,” peaked at #31.
Future Games (1971)