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David Gates

A member of the popular late-'60s/early-'70s soft rock group Bread, David Gates is also a songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist, and producer. His first hit as a songwriter came with the popular Murmaids song "Popsicles and Icicles." Gates was born in Tulsa, OK, to a band director and a piano teacher. Surrounded by music from birth, he was proficient in piano, bass, and guitar by the time he was in high school. In 1957, he received a musical break when Chuck Berry came to Tulsa; Gates had his first hit, "Jo-Baby," with Chuck Berry. The song was written for Gates' high-school sweetheart, Jo Rita, whom he married and had children with while enrolled at the University of Oklahoma. In 1961, the family moved to Los Angeles, and Gates embarked on a career of songwriting and producing. By the end of the '60s, he had worked with Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, and Merle Haggard, and produced the 1965 Glenn Yarbrough hit "Baby the Rain Must Fall."

Realizing that the only way his songs were sure to be recorded was to sing them himself, Gates founded Bread in 1968; the group consisted of Gates, James Griffin, Robb Royer, and later, drummer Michael Botts and keyboardist Larry Knechtel. The group's first album, Bread, was released in 1969 and featured the hits "It Don't Matter to Me" and "Dismal Day," while their second album On The Waters featured "Make It with You." Soft rock hits became Bread's trademark and made them legends. Greater success and recognition came with the 1971 album Manna, which included the smash hit "If." Following the popular albums Guitar Man and Baby, I'm-a Want You, the group's success led the bandmembers in different directions, and they pursued their own solo interests and careers after the breakup of Bread in 1973, but the band regrouped in 1977 to issue the album Lost Without Your Love.

David Gates had released albums of his own during the '70s, First in 1973 and Never Let Her Go in 1975, and his songs -- including "The Goodbye Girl" from Neil Simon's play of the same name -- landed him on the contemporary music charts. Several of his songs have also been recorded by other artists ranging from Julio Iglesias to pop/rocker Boy George. "Everything I Own," a tribute to his father as his greatest influence, was recorded by Nashville artists the Kendalls and Joe Stampley and then by Boy George. His consistent songwriting ability demonstrates versatility while crossing over musical genres. With a recording studio on his California ranch, David Gates has continued to write and produce. He issued Love Is Always Seventeen on the Discovery Records label in 1994, and the new millennium saw the release of The David Gates Songbook, an Elektra best-of collection of Bread hits, Gates solo material, and four new songs, in 2002. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi
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It's goodbye girl ...
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He's one oft fave singer and songwriter !
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I'm falling in love , I love u David Gates !!!!
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Never let him go ....
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Fantastic
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Someday...
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This one is for you my friend!
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Never say goodbye ...
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And wouldn't you know it the goodbye girl plays right now
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Love this song kinder reminds me of someone
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Never let me go ....
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This one is for you
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The things you do my goodbye girl will bring me back to you
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Everyone needs someone ....
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Love this song David u r awesome :)
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I never knew who sang this song!
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Gotcha
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Love this song the most!
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jmld9801
Wish I could sing, wish I could dance, wish that some day good bye won't mean forever
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I'm a Loafer.... :-)
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mgtaylor04
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so sweet great job david
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i.am.mrp
One of those defining artists of the 70's -- Great lyrics and vocals, timeless...
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The Goodbye Girl..wow i saw that as a very young girl at the theatre..whe n i became a Richard Dreyfuss fan.
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I grew up with Bread & David Gates. Good music NEVER goes out of style.....or favor!!!
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I have been a fan of David Gates and Bread since 1973 and had the opportunity to go to Breads Lost without your Love Tour. I believe it was there only year back together.
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great songs & voice!!
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kellienorth5
I am a tremendous fan of Bread, David Gates in particular. I love his singing/song w r i t i n g style... there are not many around like him anymore!
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Quite possibly the most beautiful male voice of all time........ . .
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rnbabydoll
I cannot get enough of this music!!!!! Great song, we truly do not hear music of this kind.....unb e l i e v a b l e ! ! ! ! !
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actnowlee
I love Bread..."If" is one of the best...
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Bread was one of greatest groups , They always song from the heart shame no one makes music like this today
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mike-denney
Lisa, remember? He "never knew her," he "loved the name" . . .
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Jude also did a cover of Everything I Own -- the best version of all.
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Tremendous. I did not know he went that far back with his songwriting.
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graymatter71 1 2
i would love to know who "aubrey" was...
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amber_n_grif f 6
Caught a concert of his circa 1977 in Anaheim, CA. . I only wish I had found real love like he obviously had to to write from his heart.. . I am going to miss him. . .
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jkmorby
nice song david
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visualfxwiz
David Gates really understands the depths of the soul and how important and vaulable the emotion of love, love loss and the true beauty of inner emotions. I love his writing and style of music, makes my sould whimper with happiness. Thanks for the magic. My last love and I, melted to this music.
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David Gates and Burt Bacharach are the Fathers of the modern day ballad.
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ackerbex3
great lyricist, and his voice takes me back....
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Dreams are for those who sleep
Life is for us to keep
and if I chose the one I'd like to help me through
I'd like to make it with you.
IMO Jamey- I will never forget
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bocatrip
In a time when I thought the Beatles were the only Group in the world to listen to, I truly enjoyed the music of the Bread. Many years later in the 1990s I had tickets for a David Gates concert in Pompano Fl. My seats were first row center. To my disappointme n t , the concert was cancelled. I listen to Bread to this very day in my Car and at home. Great Songs.

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