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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Falling In Love Again

1. Can I Call You

2. Where Does The Lovin' Go

3. 20th Century Man

4. She Was So Young

5. Silky

6. Falling In Love Again

7. Starship Ride

8. Chingo

9. Sweet Desire

10. Rainbow Song

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Track List: Goodbye Girl

1. Goodbye Girl

2. Took The Last Train

3. Overnight Sensation

4. California Lady

5. Ann

6. Drifter

7. He Don't Know How To Love You

8. Clouds Suite

9. Lorilee

10. Part Time Love

11. Sunday Rider

12. Never Let Her Go

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Track List: Never Let Her Go

1. Never Let Her Go

2. Angel

3. Playin' On My Guitar

4. Watch Out

5. Part Time Love

6. Chain Me

7. Light Of My Life

8. Someday

9. Greener Days

10. Strangers

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Track List: First

1. Sail Around The World

2. Sunday Rider

3. Soap (I Use The)

4. Suite: Clouds, Rain

5. Help Is On The Way

6. Ann

7. Do You Believe He's Comin'

8. Sight & Sound

9. Lorilee

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What a great song
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The sixties 1966. 1967 196819691971
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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Met David in 1975. Such a nice guy! I didn't know who he was when we were just waiting and talking in a Dr.'s office lobby. He asked me what bands I liked and I told him Chicago and Eagles. He laughed because he obviously knew I had no idea who he was!!
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It's a sweet and lovely song. I like to sing along. I've got it pretty much nailed down, I got the sound to a almost clear match. I'm not an impersonator , but I like to vocalize the songs I sing to be as near as identical as the performers original recording.
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we have to find time for us you mean so much to me we will be good for each other we will rise above wait and see love you alot we need room to breath too together Mike and mimi
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Love David Gates , Never let her go ... Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️
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Love this song makes me tear up makes me think of the love I lost
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gbwork
I miss that girl or time
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:)
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Aglml
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Because baby goodbye doesn't mean forever
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Yup
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There's only one, I still love her so...
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Love David Gates , amazing voice !! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Wayne HS class of '77
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Riverwood class of 78
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Goodbye Girl... Because the things you do my goodbye girl will bring me back to you...
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I ♡ David Gates and I absolutely love this song it brings back memories of the past that are unforgettabl e !
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Love my goodbye girl. Listen to the lyrics one more time all of the sudden they make perfect sense... Lml
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Never let her go , so beautiful ...
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Time has been so good to you, David. Beautiful soul, beautiful man.
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Love him
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mike3345mike
Texas or what ?
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mike3345mike
Nice hat David!!!
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Yes this one is for you Les!
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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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