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Bread – Biography
Bread, is an american soft rock band from Los Angeles, California. The original members of Bread consisted of David Gates, Jimmy Griffin, Robb Royer and Mike Botts who joined in 1970. Larry Knechtel later replaced Royer in 1971.
Bread recorded their first single “Dismal Day” with Elektra Records 1969. The single did not do well, failing to make it into the music charts. In September 1969, they released their debut album titled, Bread which only managed to peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200.
Their second album, On the Waters did much better. It reached the No. 12 on the Billboard 200, with Botts as their new drummer. In 1970, their hit single, “Make It with You” made it to the number one spot in the Billboard, establishing Bread ad a major act.
The success of Make It With You was followed by by a few other hit singles and albums. From 1970 right up to 1977, Bread placed 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
For various reasons, the band was separated many times, but managed somehow to re-unite.
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. This time out the group was accompanied by Randy Flowers (guitars), Scott Chambers (bass) and a string section to help them capture the sound of the records. This tour was extended into 1997, which would be the last year the original members of Bread would ever perform together. Gates and the others then resumed their individual careers. Bread was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 2005 both Griffin and Botts died from cancer at the age of 61. In August 2009, Knechtel died of a heart attack at the age of 69, leaving Gates and Royer as the only surviving original members of Bread.