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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Definitive Collection

Disc 1

1. Dismal Day

2. London Bridge

3. Any Way You Want Me

4. Last Time

5. Friends And Lovers

6. Make It With You

7. Look What You've Done

8. I Want You With Me

9. Why Do You Keep Me Waiting

10. Call On Me

11. It Don't Matter To Me

12. Let Your Love Go

13. If

14. Too Much Love

15. He's A Good Lad

Disc 2

1. Take Comfort

2. Truckin'

3. Mother Freedom

4. Baby I'm-A Want You

5. Down On My Knees

6. Daughter

7. Everything I Own

8. Diary

9. The Guitar Man

10. Aubrey

11. Fancy Dancer

12. Sweet Surrender

13. Lost Without Your Love

14. She's The Only One

15. Hooked On You

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Track List: Anthology Of Bread

1. Make It With You

2. Dismal Day

3. London Bridge

4. Anyway You Want Me

5. Look What You've Done

6. It Don't Matter To Me

7. The Last Time

8. Let Your Love Go

9. Truckin'

10. If

11. Baby I'm-A Want You

12. Everything I Own

13. Down On My Knees

14. Aubrey

15. Diary

16. Sweet Surrender

17. The Guitar Man

18. Fancy Dancer

19. She's The Only One

20. Lost Without Your Love

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Track List: Baby I'm-A Want You

1. Mother Freedom

2. Baby I'm-A Want You

3. Down On My Knees

4. Everything I Own

5. Nobody Like You

6. Diary

7. Dream Lady

8. Daughter

9. Games Of Magic

10. This Isn't What The Governmeant

11. Just Like Yesterday

12. I Don't Love You

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Track List: Guitar Man

1. Welcome To The Music

2. The Guitar Man

3. Make It By Yourself

4. Aubrey

5. Fancy Dancer

6. Sweet Surrender

7. Tecolote

8. Let Me Go

9. Yours For Life

10. Picture In Your Mind

11. Don't Tell Me No

12. Didn't Even Know Her Name

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Track List: Manna

1. Let Your Love Go

2. Take Comfort

3. Too Much Love

4. If

5. Be Kind To Me

6. He's A Good Lad

7. Be Kind To Me

8. Live In Your Love

9. What A Change

10. I Say Again

11. Come Again

12. Truckin'

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aestrada223
When our mom passed away in 2013 , my younger hard rocker brother picked the song Everything I Own as one of the songs to be played at her memorial service. What a tribute to her. Totally took me off guard, as that is the type of music I listened to and he listened more to heavy metal, etc.,.
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Best song. I got an 8 track for my car and my first 8 track. Great musicians should never let music die.We need them all. One day they will have to remember it was there fans who supported them. Thank you families, songwriters, musicians, and Pandora. Judges stay out it.
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Those nice summer nights in the 70's great times
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"Guitar Man" is for my Jeremy.I love you...mom:)
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I tell my kids,if I could have one wish,it would be to take them back to the 70's.the best of times.it was all different..s o they could experience wholesome,pu r e , easy fun.
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Takes me back to junior high.��
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hlore58
(To " the listener formerly known as...")
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hlore58
Sandwich! That's funny! Lol
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Reminds me of going too the pool in the summer time when I was young lol
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bscks
A long time ago
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This song is for Jeremy...I love you. :)
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Bread, How cool. ! !!
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One of my favorites.
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Just loved bread, still do. 2016. Gail. Houghten. Herbert
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David Gates and Meatloaf should do a song together. They could call themselves Sandwich.
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gailaeschlim a n n
We had the best music in the 60's and 70's
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Love the 70s in my younger years and now
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lukeslc
I miss the past. Music is often my only salvation.
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Bread was one of the first LP's I ever got. I loved every song they ever sang and still do. Love you guys.
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Awesome, would have liked to see bread, the guess who, and America. All at one concert.
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Love me some BREAD!!!!!
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want to hear something from ON THE WATERS
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mrscox1967
Such a Beautiful song.
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Great songs simply the best
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Great group,,,,,,
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Bread.. always love their songs. Very special.
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ksgiffen2012
Bread, you're an absolute treasure.
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Wow...my same thoughts too!
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denversongjd
For you, Mom! I love and miss you
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One of my favorite bands in the world !
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David Gates is another among the greatest artist. I love all of bread.
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The only thing that would make this station better is more Bread, and some Lobo, otherwise it's a great selection of music !
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markagoal
Not enough bread!!
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David gates would reunite with the members of bread in 1996-97.i read somewhere gates sold off his cattle ranch property and lives elsewhere with his family in California and was retired.want e d to mention all members of bread excelled in multiple different instruments as most of them were session players before having their own groups.robb royer was reportedly working in Nashville.la r r y knectel ,james griffin,and mike botts would work together or do solo stuff before passing away a few years ba
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jarjar00
Seals and crofts...
not Bread
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This has saved me more than once. Thank Young BREAD!!!
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Bread is literally my favorite band!!!! David Gates ❤❤ is the best
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Love Bread !! ❤️
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This song is probably the most soothing song on the planet.
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mrboyce2783
Goodbye Girl...song and movie Awesome! Tom Boyce
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Call on me and I am that I am r some of their best recordings ever
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how come there is not ON THE WATERS album to pick from ?
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Love the song and a lot of their was great
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mstoshie1
Dedicated to the most wonderful husband in the world
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patmcdono
I miss the 70's as well..!!! What a great decade..l'm glad l was a teenager then instead of now.!!
I actually turned out 2 be a musician (guitar) myself & they just don't make music like the 70's any more..!! To all who might read this...KEEP ON TRUCK'N & ROCK ON..!! ✌ ��
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Waaah, at least in 1972. The song hit home when a love affair ended with misfortune. Poor Cheryl (and I though poor me). Waaah, once again in honor of the events.
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Some of the best ever made in a time that will never be seen again
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Make It With You: OO nice.
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Love to hear this song!!!!!
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jmdoogan3
Love this song!!!!!
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