Ebony Eyes

Album: French Kiss (1977)
Charted: 14

Songfacts®:

  • The follow up to Welch's hit "Sentimental Lady," this song is a straightforward ode to a shy woman at a dance with the most alluring eyes he's ever seen. Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac before recording as a solo artist. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    S.D. - Denver, CO

Comments: 10

  • Griselda74 from AtlantaI read someplace that Bob wrote this song about Linda Ronstadt and the girl in the vid does look like Linda.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlFound out that Juice Newton sang backup on it.
  • Brent from Denair, CaAwesome song! Chris Berman of ESPN fame nicknamed the former Dodgers/A's pitcher Bob "Ebony Eyes" Welch during his highlight show on Sportscenter back in the day.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NySeventeen years before Welch's "Ebony Eyes" the Everly Brothers had a completely different record with the same title, their song peaked at No. 8...
  • Dane from Lima,ohio, FlAnother song I've always loved.The guitar lick that opens it,the words & the sweet harmonies.I have this on CD,French Kiss is the name of it.It also has "Sentimental Lady" on it.Good album overall.I don't know what he did afterwards.I knew he was in pre Lindsay & Stevie Fleetwood Mac,but that's all I know.
  • Paul from Kennewick, WaThis one rules! It always picks me up,and inspires me. I often use it as a kind of therapy when I need a boost. Love it.
  • Lee from Huntsville, Ali always thought the song was about a beautiful black woman with ebony eyes. anyway,i have always liked the tune and bought the album when it was released. still have it!
  • Roman from Barrie, Onfurther to Michael @ Chicago; radio stations are the same all over the world. 50 years ago they used to play the top 60 hits. today they have 60 commercials and a handful of songs licensed to a couple labels - less paperwork to submit the royalties and less choices and entertainment for you and me. this by the way is a great song if you have it in your collection at home.
  • George from Calumet City, IlIndeed, Michael, for some reason this song seems to get shunned.
  • Michael from Chicago, IlThis is one of the great songs that came out of artists connected to Fleetwood Mac--and the damm 'Classic Rock' stations rarely play it, at least in the Chicago area!
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