Today in Music History:
In 1968 the first major rock musical, 'Hair', opens in New York, bringing hippies (and nudity) to Broadway.Semi-vacation is over so it's time to get back to the tunes. One of the most popular pop groups of the early '70s was a group called Bread. They had a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles, all of which were written by keyboardist/vocalist David Gates. In 1968 Gates met guitarist/vocalist James Griffin when Griffin had hired Gates to produce an album for him. Soon after the pair joined forces and hired guitarist/vocalist Robb Royer. Bread released their first album in 1968 and didn't really make a dent in the musical community. With the release of their second album, the soft rock hits started to flow. Make it with you became a number 1 hit and Bread started touring with the addition of full time drummer Mike Botts. So the hits started coming down the pike but in 1973 the group disbanded because of turmoil between Gates and Griffin. Gates was writing all the hits yet when they formed the two agreed they would alternate singles. Petty, petty. So what happens, a lawsuit in there somewhere over the name Bread, dismal solo careers and by the '90s, Gates was running a California ranch and Griffin had relocated to Nashville doing something.
I remember hearing Bread all the time on the radio as a kid. Yet it wasn't until I was much older that I truly appreciated the work of this group. When I was listening to Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath. Alice Cooper and others of various "more serious" rock genres it could be embarrassing to admit you thought Bread was cool. Of course when you get older none of that crap matters anymore. Cool is cool and Bread is the shit. Not exactly hard rockers, yet their melodies can stick in your mind when one's feeling contemplative.
As a bonus here's a cover of Guitar Man by John McCrea and the boys(Cake), another food item band.