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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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Why this band doesn't come to everyones' mind when recalling the greats of the 70s is a mystery. Wait no it isn't some people are retarded n listen to lil Wayne or Nickelback
muffinfrance s
One of the VERY BEST!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come up on the screen. This is so scary because it actually works.
Notpcs@iclou d . t h i s song makes me happy.
I always liked Bread songs too.
I always have great memories with all the Bread songs..wish they could play "live" again
dont feel like christmas song yet but i will love bread
The Best Of Bread, the greatest makeout Album of the 70's.
David Gates, a near forgotten gem, the vocals and lyrics top notch, if you could sing like this for your girl, you'd never be alone
javnun84
Music that soothes the depths of one soul
I hate this song
bassware
Beautiful love song... Romance I love it!
IF - one of the best love songs of my 70's era. Reminds me of a pretty musical girl I met one weekend in Quezon province. She sang this haunting, mellow song with her guitar and I fell in love with her.
The Jamaican artist Ken Booth did a version of :Everything I own.
He is still cashing in at last report. This is what real music sounds
like. C Napti Walters
Spike2nd
Lyrics to It Don't Matter to Me -- In the line Lotta people have ... it's ego hang-up, not eager hang-up.
Ron burgundy we need you..
rodonnell72
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f16 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.

I had heard Vince Gill was a part of this band too how come no mention of him in the bio??
Oh how TRULY AMAZING it was to be a teenager in the 70's! Diary is 1 of my favs! Sad but sweet...Brea d always touches me..their songs touched a generation and have stood the test of time!
Hah.. another one of THOSE bands.... which make you think the lead vocalist is a female, when it's really a guy. I still like 'em tho'.
Best of Bread was one of the best Make Out albums of the 70's.
Touching song...popul a r eons ago
megzgamble
I have found you again...only took me 20 yeARS...THAN K YOU DAD, R.I.P. my best friend xx
froman59
I always set the mood on my dates with some bread , romantic music , Love Bread !
HP,LOU,KY
WHAT STUPID JUNK,WISCONS O N ! !

If you follow the directions and repost this message 4 times on any song within 10 minuets you will come in contact with good fortune. Go to http://givem e m o n e y f o r n o r e a s o n . w e e b l y . c o m / , click anywhere and type (signal 5) then go Wikipedia and click random article and your good fortune will be in relation to that article. ****IMPORTAN T * * * * FOLLOW the directions with COMPLETE precision, visiting the websites in the correct order. //got a wiki about penguins :p, wonder what that translates to
kimjo727
I love Pandora!!!
kimjo727
The only album that my Mom let me buy when I was in middle school...
This was my wedding song 24 years ago
Many young ladies in the 70's were swept away by the music of Bread and I was happy to be one of the men who were a part of it.
Wish these types of sounds would return. Great times and memories.
He wrote this song for his Dad.
cloudyrawr
Bread is my favor ate band
Loved Bread in the 70's high school days!
loved loved loved this group - the diary and if wow
listening to bread on pandora
fariborz1500
My first car in college with my 8 tract and the love songs of bread . Sweet memories .
Their distinct sound will never grow old. Never tire of listening to their music, sweet music.
geochevy
Thanks for playing Bread songs on Pandora'a 70's Lite Rock Radio. I can listen to this station for hours. Just one question. Why don't you play any Raspberries songs on this station? Please do. The Raspberries were a GREAT band!
curitiba4lif e 5 0
I'm black and proud ! And I Love my Bread !! Actually, my dna goes back to Scandinavia- t h a t explains my taste-lol-Ke n n y Rogers, Jim Croce, & Cat Stevens-I want some Meatloaf with my Bread-'NOW'! IN MY MARINE CORP CHOW HALL !!!!
Bread:-)
monessa0605
James Griffin was and Acadamy Award winning songwriter.
stevemac213
well, you can tell who the talented one was here...the other one always sues.
Thanks You David Gates. Wow what a talent
love this song
my high school sweetheart broke up with me and this was the only song i could relate tooo so many years ago..
Such a typical tale of great bands -- one of the members doesn't understand his role and gets jealous of the talents of the more talented of the two.
If - I used to play this song over & over again when I was a teenager; it was and is still so beautiful!
Bread...beau t i f u l songs...hear i n g David Gates' voice makes me feel so relaxed...me m o r i e s of sweeter times.
I love the pleasure of classic rock. Thankyou for not chopping off the end of songs as XM Raido does.




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