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David Gates


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Tulsa OK, United States (1940 – present)

A member of the popular group Bread, David Gates is also a songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist and producer. His first hit as a songwriter came with the popular MermaidS song Popsicles and Icicles.

David Gates was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a band director and a piano teacher on December 11, 1940. Surrounded by music from birth, he was proficient in piano, bass and guitar by the time he was in high school. In 1957, he received a musical break when Chuck Berry came to Tulsa; Gates had his first hit, Jo-Baby, with Chuck Berry. The song was written for Gates’ high school sweetheart Jo Rita, whom he married and had children with while enrolled at the university of Oklahoma. In 1961, the family moved to Los Angeles, and Gates embarked on a career of songwriting and producing. By the end of the ’60s, he had worked with Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Merle Haggard, and produced the 1965 Glenn Yarbrough hit Baby the Rain Must Fall. Realizing that the only way his songs were sure to be recorded was to sing them himself, Gates founded Bread in 1968; the group consisted of Gates, James Griffin, Robb Royer, and later, drummer Michael Botts and keyboardist Larry Krechtel. The group’s first album, Bread, was released in 1969 with hits It Don’t Matter to Me, Dismal Day and Make It with You. Soft rock hits became the band’s trademark and made them legends.


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  • JoelBeer

    Surprised that David Gates doesn't have more listens =/

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • robertbaileysr

    Aubrey is a fantastic song!

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • quietrockboy

    Where the fuck is the "Never Let Her Go" album and why some songs from that album won't scrobble?

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • orcalo

    Una se puede perder si encuentra esta canción

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • abluo

    哈哈,真不错,,最后一首Suite clouds, rain

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • vincentsjtu

    goodbye girl is amazing song

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Shineyteeth

    Lorilee is one of my favourite songs ever! ahhh i love it

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • NeeJ49er

    "The Goodbye Girl" is a classic, reminds me so much of someone special to me that passed on....The song is special to me !!!

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
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  • dgjg

    David Gates is the melody maker where was the most superior in pop music in history.

    28 Aug 2007 Reply
  • random-

    Sail Around the World is one of the saddest songs I know

    30 May 2007 Reply
  • SportsAce

    Great songs...goodbye girl, if, i would give anything...

    18 Jun 2006 Reply

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