Singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer David Ashworth Gates was born on December 11, 1940 in Tulsa, Oklahoma the son of a band director and piano teacher. In 1960 he moved to Los Angeles and soon was working with many artists of that era, Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Merle Haggard, Duane Eddy and Brian Wilson. He wrote the Murmaids’ 1963 hit “Popsicles and Icicles” and produced Glenn Yarbrough’s “Baby The Rain Must Fall” in 1965. In 1969, David formed the group “Bread” with Rob Royer and James Griffin. Their Elektra records album, “On The Waters,” sold a million and featured Bread’s first #1 hit, “Make It With You.” Gates, in fact, was to write, produce and sing lead on all 13 of Bread’s Hit Parade songs in the 1970’s.
Following their breakthrough hit, every Bread album went gold or platinum, as their impeccably conceived and produced singles became “soft rock” Top 40 radio staples: “It Don’t Matter To Me,” “Let Your Love Go,” “Mother Freedom,” “Baby I’m-A Want You,” “Everything I Own,” “Diary,” “The Guitar Man,” “Aubrey,” “Sweet Surrender” and “Lost Without Your Love” each sold more than a million singles each.
In 2005 James Griffin died from cancer at 61 years of age, Rob Royer moved to the Virgin Islands 1n 2013, while David Gates continues living in southern California.
Bread was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2008.