Two for Tuesday: Bread

After I got my stereo in the summer of 1970, I got a bunch of albums from a friend of Mom’s whose mother worked at WCFL. One of them was Bread’s On The Waters, which had been released earlier that year.

The hit single, “Make It With You,” was on that album; it reached #1 in August of that year. It was to be their only #1 on the Hot 100. I never understood why it was the only single from that album; I thought it was the weakest song. (I especially liked “Blue Satin Pillow,” the next song on the album.) I guess I shouldn’t argue with success.

It was right around then that I started becoming obsessed with liner notes, and would read them to the point where they were stuck permanently in my memory, whether I wanted them to be or not. I learned that Bread was guitarist and lead singer David Gates (who also wrote the lion’s share of the band’s songs), Jimmy Griffin on guitar and keyboards, Robb Royer on bass, and Mike Botts on drums. Larry Knechtel replaced Royer on bass in 1971. They all played multiple instruments, but that was the general lineup.

Bread released fifteen singles and six studio albums, but had the most chart success in the period from 1970-1972. Their second-biggest selling single was “Baby I’m-A Want You,” the title track from the first of their two 1972 albums (the other being Guitar Man). It rose to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart in early 1972.

The only two members of the band that are still living are Gates and Royer, both of whom tour occasionally. The band’s website has been archived, but you can still see it on the Internet Archive.

Bread, your Two for Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

12 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Bread

  1. I sure like those Bread songs! We used to have an 8-track player in our Mustang, so we’d listen to that tape a lot on road trips! Good times! šŸ™‚


  2. I remember being a little girl (about five or six yrs old) and tagging along with my older brothers to the next door neighbors. The guy was much older (probably in his late teens or very early 20’s). He would listen to Bread and teach us how to play pinochle. While I don’t remember how to play pinochle, I most definitely remember The Best of Bread album. (It stayed in my mind, because I thought the name was so corny!) My favorite Bread songs are ‘One’, ‘If’, and ‘Baby I’m A Want You’

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  3. I really liked Bread and played their Best of Bread album a lot until I started dating this guy and now unfortunately those songs remind me of him…Also unfortunately that guy is my husband’s brother so while there are many things now that remind me of him, at least I can stay away from those songs šŸ˜¦


  4. This is going to be such tough journey, John. I hope you appreciate that I’m still following you šŸ˜‰

    As I opened this, all I could think was “please don’t let one of them be Baby Iā€™m-A Want You,”


    I know, don’t shoot the messenger.

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