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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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Track List: Best Of Bread

19. Friends And Lovers

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eleven stars....... I S , FOR SURE .AND FAR OUT ( via the never truly understood,, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , d o c john dutchendorf. . . . . . . . . . . . . b e t t e r known as JOHNNY D. DENVER, my comrades.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a
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This group was very popular when I was i college and was one of my favorites. It brings me back to being in my dorm and just chilling with my reel to reel tape recorder.
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It's funny how people keep commenting on Pandora as if there comments are listed under a particular song. They are only listed under the artist. Iheart lists comments under song. It's really useless not to.
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And this one is for the one I love the most, L A ...
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This song is great I think if I was going to die that would be the last song I would want to hear
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Kimberly Graham iloved You so much you are still w me in heart on da shots and mainland I know u feel
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aestrada223
I agree with amcknight001 . Growing up in small town, Iowa, we cruised to our hearts desire and feared just getting locked out of the house, if we stayed out too late. Those were such wonderful times with good friends.
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This song makes me want to go on a road trip!!!!! just like we use to back in the day when we had no cell phones, no wifi, internet, facebook, just the good vibes traveling through each other!! No worries of getting lost, robbed, or murdered!!! People use to care more seems like. I miss those days.
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To 'Make It With You' one more time Mary Lou would be so incredible. My heart hurts when I think of what might have been for us, the dreams and true love we had for almost three years those forty plus years ago. God Bless you always.
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Oh man... Justin and Mimi/Mike, enough already!
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j surrender to you my love Mike your Mimi
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Awesome music!❤❤❤❤❤❤ H a s my cheeks blushing like when I was a younger lady with a crush for someone knowing things were over....❤❤❤❤ b u t going to be better in the end.❤
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I was going to try the Atkins diet, but they don't let you listen to this band.
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I just f*rted
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This song breaks my heart
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This song seemed so cheesy at the time. Now it breaks my heart.
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David could write the most beautiful, tender words of love in a song. How his talent is so missed in today's music!
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I wish it were not so.......... . . , ,
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don't let the stars burn out of our life my Mike your mimi
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I believe you from the beginning you have that kind of special personally that you can talk anyone into anything my darling Mike your mimi
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Love love this!
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please let me give you your special kisses and the biggest hug I can give you wish you could be here to taste it give me one too hope see you tomorrow all my love your mimi
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Bread is awesome
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I will surrender to you my darling Mike your mimi
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Ready
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I will be here forever we will make it all the way my Mike your mimi
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Beautiful song...Wonde r f u l !
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This music just makes me feel good
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we will make it all the way we will be together my love Mike your mimi
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Spent many depressed nights with these guys as a teen
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Mary Lou 'Baby I'm-a wanting you'. Just to see you after these forty years. The thoughts of being with you has never truly left. Just to talk with you for an hour would be heaven. I remember listening to 'Bread' at your house, after your dad agreed to let us date, even though I know it must have hurt him. I truly loved you more than anything in the world at that time.
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These are TRULY awesome lyrics. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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classic 70's...my time!!
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"Aubrey" is a great song
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I used to love this band when I was a young teen back in the early 70's. I really miss those days!
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I could never find anyone better then you my love I wanted to give you a little hug ad a kiss from you Mimi Mike
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