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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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Grew up with this music, the best years of my teenage yrs. love it brings me back to good memories!! First boyfriend priceless!!!
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Mother Freedom shows this band could really rock!! Love the ballads too
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Greatest hits, nice
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Love this music but every song skips a beat continuously bummer
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Going back in time in the early 1970s, but I was mere child listening easily to gentle music on the radio, seems long ago...
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This song still raises the hair on the back of my neck.so well written so well arranged the"guitar man"always takes me to another place
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loycuellar
Good music never dies rock on
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jpbusmc74
Growing up with this was great make out times
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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roadman83
West Coast groups like Bread, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, etc., saved me from the disco nightmare of the East Coast of that era. Rural Southern California back then was just so spectacular! A morning of grinding surf while rocking Santana, Zeppelin, and The Stones, then mellow, herb- enhanced evenings in the golden hills listening to soft rock that had soothed the soul.
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Lost Without Your Love: OMG. How lost do you think you can be without my love PLEASE?? :-)
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I remember seeing these guys when they were still called Flour. Once they got a little culture they really bloomed.
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Not a big fan of bread, but this is a solid song by them.
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Missing my husband

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Guitarman the best of Gates
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Miss the old bands
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Bread is sooo good! I especially love it with jam or in between some greasy cold cuts! MmMmmmm
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Baby...I'm a want you: One of my most very favorite bands is Bread. I LOVE THIS SONG. I love this band.
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Surrender your all to me..... I want your Sweet Surrender.
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Bread great group Love this song
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Love bread!
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The guitar man he can bring you love he can make you cry
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Everything I own
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Wow, one jam after another. Yes, what a good day. Give me some Bread please?
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Love david gates!!
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Agreed sunniesky... r e m e m b e r slow dancing with a cute girl at our middle school dance back in mid-70's to this song
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Sweet, Soft...Kind. . . t o u c h e s heart and soul.....Pea c e ! Nostalgic... m i s s the 70's
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Bread is so awesome !!!
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Greatest hits
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This song reminds me of someone's dad who had a special talent
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Aubrey is about my unborn child - who I hope to meet in Heaven one day. That is just how the song fits my soul. Perfect lyrics
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Bread, sweetest thing ever, even though I'm gluten free :) Wish values were still romantic like this...
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Nice band but not my type of music alittle depressing!!
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Great music
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Bread
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Love Bread , words touches the heart and soul :)
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mitch.rollan d 7 4
Love these guys, I think our first child was conceived to Bread. Lol
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Yes
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truly a classic
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Lost without love is not a good feeling Laura. Thus we pour out our feelings more
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Bread, good for life
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My first slow dance and kiss. Man 0 the memories.... . T h a n x Bread.
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And the song is for my special friend thank you...
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This song is for my special friend , u know who u r :)
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Ty u bread for your comfort to the soul :)
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My first album was The Best of Bread. Still love the music- almost 40 years later!
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Thanks David for teaching me how to play guitar!
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pgregory74
Good vocals never go out of style. Nor do romantic songs. Wonderful memories from these days.
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Love amerca
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Swoon!!!
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