Hello: Bread is a soft-rock group that was formed in Los Angeles, California. Members included David Gates-lead vocals, James Griffin, Robb Royer and Jim Gordon. All of their hits were written and produced by David Gates.
Bread’s first hit came in June of 1970. MAKE IT WITH YOU released on the Elektra Records label was a huge success and went to the head of the class, the class being the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached #1 and had a 17 stay on the chart. Make It With You sold over a million copies earning Bread their first gold record. In September of 70′ their second hit made its debut, IT DON’T MATTER TO ME was a strong follow-up record and reached #10 on the Hot 100.
1971 would be another good year for Bread. Their first offering, LET YOUR LOVE GO, an up-tempo song, reached #28. In March another ballad, IF, made its debut on the Hot 100. If raced its way to the top, stopping at #4 on the Hot 100 and all the way to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart a spot it held for 3 weeks. MOTHER FREEDOM, another up-tempo song didn’t fair as well, just reaching the Top 40 at #39. Bread’s next record made its chart debut in October of 70′. Back to a ballad their hit BABY I’M-A WANT YOU rose up the chart to #3 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week (#1). Bread had another million-seller and was awarded another Gold Record.
The first hit of 1972 made its chart debut in January. EVERYTHING I OWN, a beautiful ballad reached #5 and stayed on the Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks. Every record that Bread released in 1972 reached the Top 20. DIARY, in April of 72′ charted at #15, THE GUITAR MAN, in July reached #11 and SWEET SURRENDER in November closed out 1972 at #15. But that’s just part of the story, The Guitar Man went to #1 Adult Contemporary as did their follow-up, Sweet Surrender, which spent 2 weeks at the top spot.
In February Bread charted another big hit, AUBREY a touching love song that was perfect for lead singer David Gates to fill with emotion. Aubrey reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and then……….Bread disbanded. They would re-group briefly in 1976 and in November of 76′ LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE would make its entry on the Hot 100 and again Bread would chart yet another Top 10 hit, reaching #9 and remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. One more record charted, in April of 1977 HOOKED ON YOU became a modest hit at #60.
In all Bread charted 13 records between 1970 and 1977. David Gates pursued a solo career, charting 7 Hot 100 hits between 1973 and 1981. His biggest was the title song from the movie “Goodbye Girl” written by Neil Simon and starring Richard Dreyfuss. GOODBYE GIRL charted at #15 on the Hot 100 and had an incredible run of 24 weeks on the chart.
Two of the members of Bread passed away. James Griffin died of cancer in January of 2005 (age 61) and Mike Botts who replaced Jim Gordon after their first album died of cancer in December of 2005 (age 61). Bread was one of the 1970’s biggest hit-makers, their music is timeless.
Till the next time—Joe