Origin Los Angeles, California USA
Genre Rock and roll, Soft Rock, Country Rock, Pop/Rock
Years Active 1968 - 1977


David Gates, Jimmy Griffin, Robb Royer, Mike Botts [joined 1970] Larry Knechtel [replaced Royer in 1971]



Bread was a 1970s Rock/Pop 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 labelled “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).

The four members of Bread (with hot session guitarist Dean Parks added for extra muscle) toured throughout 1977 to support their comeback album. After a short break they commenced the tour's second leg that summer....without Griffin who had decided to leave the band. They ended the year with no further plans to record as a group.

He then toured with Botts and Knechtel as “David Gates & Bread”. The group's 1978 touring line-up also included Warren Ham woodwinds, keyboards, backing vocals), Bill Ham (guitars) and David Minor (bass). This led to a legal dispute with Griffin over use of the band’s name, of which Griffin was co-owner. In the dispute Griffin also complained, once again, that Gates' songs were given preference as singles over his. The resulting litigation was not settled until 1984.

After leaving Bread in 1971, Royer stuck mostly to song writing (still teaming with Griffin on occasion).

In 1994, after being out of the spotlight for 13 years, Gates released a new solo album, "Love is Always Seventeen."

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, after which Gates and the others resumed their individual careers.

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

They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006.



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