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Bread

Bread was one of the most popular pop groups of the early '70s, earning a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles, all of which were written by keyboardist/vocalist David Gates. A session musician and producer, Gates met in 1968 guitarist/vocalist James Griffin, who had already released a solo album called Summer Holiday. Griffin hired Gates to produce a new album, and the pair soon became a group, adding guitarist/vocalist Robb Royer from the band Pleasure Fair, who Gates had produced early in its career. The trio soon signed with Elektra Records, becoming one of the label's first pop bands. Naming themselves Bread, the group released its self-titled debut album in late 1968. Although it was filled with accessible, melodic soft rock that became the band's signature sound, the record had no hit singles.

With their second album, On the Waters, Bread established themselves as hitmakers. "Make It With You," the first single released from the album, became a number one hit, which led to "It Don't Matter to Me," a song taken from Bread, becoming a Top Ten hit. With On the Waters becoming a gold record, the group embarked on a tour, adding a full-time drummer, Mike Botts, to the lineup. Manna, released in the spring of 1971, wasn't as big a hit as the previous record, yet it launched another Top Ten hit with "If." Royer left the group after the album and was replaced by Larry Knechtel, a Los Angeles session musician who played on records by the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees, among others. The new lineup released its first single, "Mother Freedom," in the summer of 1971; the single scraped the Top 40 at number 37. Bread's next single, "Baby I'm-a Want You," became a number three hit at the end of the year. After "Everything I Own" reached number five in January of 1972, an album called Baby I'm-a Want You was released. Peaking at number three, the record became the group's most successful album. The group's fifth album, Guitar Man, followed in the fall of 1972.

At the beginning of 1973, Bread disbanded after a dispute between Gates and Griffin. Griffin claimed that, when the group was conceived, the pair agreed that the singles would be divided equally between the two songwriters; Gates wrote most of Bread's hits and wanted to continue to compose the singles. The two parted ways, with each of the musicians pursuing solo careers. Bread reunited in 1976, releasing Lost Without Your Love in early 1977. The title track became their last Top Ten hit, peaking at number nine. The success could not keep the group together as tensions between Gates and Griffin began to escalate again. After Griffin split from the group, Gates assembled a new version of the band and toured under the name Bread. Griffin sued Gates for using the name, which the duo co-owned. A judge ordered the group not to perform, record, or collect royalty payments until the case was resolved; it wasn't resolved until 1984. In the meantime, Gates and Griffin pursued solo careers. Of the two musicians, Gates was more successful, scoring a number 15 hit in 1978 with the title theme to Goodbye Girl. However, his career declined in the '80s; by the '90s, he was running a California ranch. Griffin relocated to Nashville, forming Dreamer with Randy Meisner in the early '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Love Bread , words touches the heart and soul :)
mitch.rollan d 7 4
Love these guys, I think our first child was conceived to Bread. Lol
Yes
truly a classic
Lost without love is not a good feeling Laura. Thus we pour out our feelings more
Bread, good for life
My first slow dance and kiss. Man 0 the memories.... . T h a n x Bread.
And the song is for my special friend thank you...
This song is for my special friend , u know who u r :)
Ty u bread for your comfort to the soul :)
My first album was The Best of Bread. Still love the music- almost 40 years later!
Thanks David for teaching me how to play guitar!
pgregory74
Good vocals never go out of style. Nor do romantic songs. Wonderful memories from these days.
Love amerca
Swoon!!!
My favorite song by Bread is IF. That is my husband and my song!! I really love all there songs . I could listen to this CD 24/7 and never get tired of it!!
Guitar man by David gates and bread is such an amazing song.always wanted to re-release it in a hard rock fashion
Grew up in the 60's & 70's with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath & Hendrix ....... but my soft side loved Bread back then & even now .....
sartin-hartu n g
David Gates!!! Tulsan!!!! Love him!!!!
Very first bread song I ever learned was "if"still playing it today on guitar .
Thsese guys were SO Good. I Miss them SO much. 70's music wasn't all bad. There's Two types of music: GOOD and BAD. This Was SO Good!
I love this song so much
Love this song so much I named my daughter after it,Aubrey
This is my Karaoke song during friends get together
Guitar man inspired me to learn to play guitar.Thank s David Gates!
Feel good moments.
jronwillis
Timeless music and harmonies.
Takes me back to grade school. Remembering all my crushes...
Great music from the 70s. I love listening to music from the 70s.
Love love love their music. Went to school in da Burbs & I so appreciate the mixed culture of music. They don't make songs like this any more!
David Gates, your music is timeless! Great stuff!
Bread has magical music so many memories. Makes me smile and my heart happy
So many timeless classics that I never get tired of hearing. Sweet Bread!!
cynthiabauer 9 6
One of the best groups ever!

Nothing ever fades away.
Yes,perfect! :)
The lyrics are perfect!
One of the best songs from the 70s. Bread this is an excellent song. Thanks!
Lyrics
Beautiful!!!
Really need to see the words again..
People make fun of me, cuz I STILL LOVE BREAD! Then, I see these same people singing along lol! Corny? Maybe. Amazing & moving? Absolutely
My mom used to manage a record store. Somewhere around '76 they played and had a record signing in her store. All of those things are pretty much unheard of now. I was very young at the time, but I remember it clearly. They were very nice men and have always held a spot in my heart for their music. The 70's was a great time to grow up.
eason.tasha0 1
Throw back love them
rvach14
Named my Daughter Aubrey a not so very ordinary girl or name
MAKE IT WITH YOU! Lover this song. RQ/rlh
wow. . . hadn't heard that one in a LONG time. . .
i hear that song about his father whom was a military guy and never had time for him and once he passed away feelings came rushing in
I love this song great memories coming from someone I loved so much.
makado03
I love me some Bread...ever y d a y of the week!
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