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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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Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Everything I Own
  3.   Make It with You
  4.   Baby I'm-A Want You
  5.   If
  6.   Guitar Man
  7.   It Don't Matter to Me
  8.   Lost Without Your Love
  9.   Aubrey
  10.   Diary
  11.   Sweet Surrender
  12.   Let Your Love Go
  13.   Dismal Day
  14.   Mother Freedom
  15.   Yours for Life
  16.   Down on My Knees
  17.   She Was My Lady
  18.   Too Much Love
  19.   Come Again
  20.   Any Way You Want Me
  21.   Lay Your Money Down
  22.   Fly Away
  23.   What a Change
  24.   Coming Apart
  25.   Hooked on You
  26.   Games of Magic
  27.   Dream Lady
  28.   Look What You've Done
  29.   Move Over
  30.   Make It by Yourself
  31.   Didn't Even Know Her Name
  32.   Don't Tell Me No
  33.   Let Me Go
  34.   Welcome to the Music
  35.   In the Afterglow
  36.   I Want You with Me
  37.   Blue Satin Pillow
  38.   Clouds by David Gates
  39.   Take Comfort
  40.   Live in Your Love
  41.   Call on Me
  42.   Been Too Long on the Road
  43.   Daughter
  44.   Could I
  45.   The Last Time
  46.   Friends and Lovers
  47.   Family Doctor
  48.   Just Like Yesterday
  49.   The Other Side of Life
  50.   Tecolote
  51.   That's All I Need
  52.   Don't Shut Me Out
  53.   Hold Tight
  54.   Today's the First Day
  55.   Be Kind to Me
  56.   Easy Love
  57.   Why Do You Keep Me Waiting
  58.   I Don't Love You
  59.   Nobody Like You
  60.   She's the Only One
  61.   Fancy Dancer
  62.   You Can't Measure the Cost
  63.   Picture in Your Mind
  64.   Our Lady of Sorrow
  65.   Belonging
  66.   Change of Heart
  67.   Medley: Everything I Own/Guitar Man/It Don't Matter to Me/Lost Without
  68.   I Say Again
  69.   I Am That I Am
  70.   The Chosen One
  71.   He's a Good Lad
  72.   This Isn't What the Governmeant
  73.   London Bridge
  74.   Look at Me
  75.   Truckin'
  76.   Medley: If/Diary/Make It With You/Sweet Surrender

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