1978 David Gates – Goodbye Girl
David Gates and Jimmy Griffin formed Bread with Robb Royer in 1969. Mike Botts became the group’s permanent drummer in 1970 and Larry Knechtel replaced Robb in 1971. The band had nine top ten singles on the Hot 100 between 1970 and 1973. Elektra Records selected the group’s singles, all of which were written by David and featured him on lead vocals. This did not sit well with Jimmy, and friction between David and Jimmy tore the group apart in 1973.
Jimmy released the solo album Breakin’ Up Is Easy in 1973 and followed that with a few singles, but none of his releases charted.
David had released over a dozen solo singles between 1957 and 1965, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that he released solo albums and singles when the group split up. He had a few records reach the top ten on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart before releasing the single Never Let Her Go in 1974. The recording peaked at #29 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the AC chart in early 1975.
Elektra Records released two greatest hits albums for Bread that sold well and the label convinced Bread to reform and record another album in 1976. The album yielded a top ten single, Lost Without Your Love.
The group toured together into early 1977, but the band then continued touring without Jimmy and never recorded together again.
Later that year, David recorded the title track for the film Goodbye Girl. The song became a solo single that peaked at #15 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the AC chart.
David toured with the single and even appeared on American Bandstand.
David recorded three more albums, but never achieved much success again.
In 1996, David and Jimmy patched up their differences and reformed Bread with Mike and Larry. The band toured into 1997 as Bread.
Cancer claimed the lives of Jimmy and Mike in 2005 and Larry had a heart attack and died in 2009.
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