was a 1970s rock and roll band from Los Angeles, California.
They are a primary example of what later was labeled as
Gates (guitar, keyboards, bass and vocals) and Jimmy Griffin
(guitar and vocals) formed the group in 1968, adding Robb
Royer (guitar, bass and vocals of Pleasure Faire) before
signing to Elektra Records. Bread, the band's debut
album as a trio, was a failure. The band became a quartet
beginning with their second album, On The Waters,
bringing in Mike Botts as permanent drummer. This time their
efforts quickly established Bread as a major act, hitting
the mainstream with the #1 hit "Make It With You" in 1970.
Bread began touring and recording the 1971 album titled
Manna, which included their most enduring hit, "If."
left the group after three albums to pursue other interests.
He was replaced by Larry Knechtel (keyboards, bass, guitar,
harmonica), a top session player from the Los Angeles scene.
Knechtel's credits included records by Elvis Presley, The
Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, The Monkees, Jan and
Dean, Johnny Rivers and Simon & Garfunkel. In 1972 Bread
released the highly successful album titled Baby I'm-a
Want You, followed by another hit album,
Man. Tensions existed between Gates and
however. Elektra had been invariably choosing Gates' songs
for the A-sides of the singles; Griffin felt that the
singles should have been split between the two, however.
the band members sensed that they had taken Bread as far as
they could, so they disbanded. Gates and Griffin then began
solo careers, with mixed results. After reuniting in 1976,
Bread released the album
Lost Without Your Love in
January 1977. The title track was the band's last top-ten
hit, peaking at number 9 on the singles chart. The comeback
album was also RIAA-certified GoldŽ.
toured throughout 1977. By 1978 renewed tensions between
Gates and Griffin led the latter to leave the band. During
this time Gates also enjoyed success as a solo artist with
the hit singles "Goodbye Girl" and "Took The Last Train." He
toured with Botts and Knechtel as "David Gates & Bread."
This led to a legal dispute with
over use of the band's name. The resulting litigation was
not settled until 1984.
1996, having settled their differences, Gates, Griffin,
Botts and Knechtel reunited Bread for a successful "25th
Anniversary" tour of the United States, South Africa, Europe
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