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.