was a 1970s rock and roll
band from Los Angeles, California
. David Gates
(keyboard, vocals) and James Griffin[?]
(guitar, vocals) formed the group in 1968
, adding Robb Royer[?]
(guitar, vocals, of Pleasure Faire[?]
) before signing to Elektra Records
, the band's debut album, was a failure. Their second album established Bread as a major act, hitting the mainstream with "Make It With You". Hiring Mike Botts[?]
(drums), Bread began touring and recording Manna[?]
, which included their most enduring hit, "If".
Royer left the group, replaced by Larry Knechtel[?] in time for a series of hit singles and a hit album called Baby I'm-A Want You[?], followed by Guitar Man[?]. Personal disputes soon broke up the band, with Gates and Griffin beginning solo careers. After a successful reunion, tensions between Gates and Griffin drove the band apart again, this time permanently.
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