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Bread was a 1970s rock and roll band from Los Angeles, California. They were one of the most popular rock groups of the early 1970s, a primary example of what later was labeled "soft rock", earning a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles.

The band consisted of David Gates (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, viola, percussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Robb Royer (bass, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorder, backing vocals), Mike Botts (drums; joined in 1970), and Larry Knechtel (bass, guitar, keyboards, harmonica; replaced Royer in 1971).

Gates, Griffin, and Royer formed the group in 1968 and signed with Elektra Records. Gates and Griffin had both worked with Royers previous band, The Pleasure Fair. Breads first single, Dismal Day, was released in June 1969 but did not chart. Their debut album, Bread, was released in September 1969 and peaked at #127 on the Billboard 200. Songwriting on the album was split evenly between Gates and the team of Griffin-Royer. Jim Gordon, a top session player, accompanied the band on drums for the album.

Bread became a quartet with their second album, On The Waters (peaking at #12 on the Billboard 200), bringing in Botts as 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.

For their next single, they released a re-recorded version of It Dont Matter to Me, a Gates song from their first album. This single was a hit as well, reaching #10. Bread began touring and recording the 1971 album titled Manna (#21), which included "If". As with the first album, songwriting credits were split evenly between Gates and Griffin-Royer.

Royer left the group after three albums; although, he would continue to write with Griffinand was replaced by Knechtel, a leading session player from the Los Angeles scene. In January 1972, Bread released Baby Im-a Want You, their most successful album, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200. The title song was established as a hit in late 1971 before the album was released, also hitting #3. Follow-up singles "Everything I Own" and "Diary" also went top-20. The next album, Guitar Man, was released ten months later and went to #18. The album produced three top-15 singles, "The Guitar Man" (#11), Sweet Surrender (#15), and "Aubrey" (#15), with the first two going to #1 on Billboards adult contemporary chart.

Despite the bands success, tensions existed between Gates and Griffin. All 11 of Breads charting singles between 1970 and 1973 had been written and sung by Gates. Elektra Records had invariably selected Gatess songs for the A-sides of the singles, while Griffin felt that the singles should have been split between the two of them.

By 1973, fatigue from constant recording and touring had set in and personal relationships began to show strain. There was also some dissatisfaction with the songs planned for a sixth album. In view of this, Bread decided to disband. Gates and Griffin then began solo careers, with mixed results. The Best of Bread compilation album from 1973 was a huge success, peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200 and staying on the chart for over two years. The follow-up, The Best of Bread, Volume Two, was released in 1974 and went to #32.

The reunion of the group in 1976 came about after Elektra Records expressed serious interest in another Bread album. Initially, Gates had mixed feelings about such a project. But he was on good terms with the label and could understand their position. Gates, Griffin, Botts and Knechtel returned to the studio that year and recorded the album Lost Without Your Love, released in January 1977. The title trackagain written and sung by Gateswas the bands last top-ten hit, peaking at #9 on the singles chart. This comeback record reached #26 on Billboards album chart and was Breads seventh consecutive album (including the two best-ofs) to be RIAA-certified gold. In March 1977, Elektra released a second single, "Hooked On You". It was less successful on the pop chart (peaking at #60) but it reached #2 on Billboards Adult Contemporary chart.

The four members of Bread toured throughout 1977 to support their comeback album, ending the year with no further plans to record as a group. In 1978, Gates also enjoyed success as a solo artist with the hit singles "Goodbye Girl" and "Took The Last Train". He then toured with Botts and Knechtel as "David Gates & Bread". This led to a legal dispute with Griffin over use of the band's name, of which Griffin was co-owner. The resulting litigation was not settled until 1984.

In 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 and Asia.

In 2005, Griffin and Botts both died from cancer at age 61.
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