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David Gates Biography

Last updated: 08/01/2014 09:21:24 PM

David Gates was best known as the leader of the 70’s soft rock group Bread. During High school, David formed a band called David Gates and the Accents with a piano player by the name of Russell Bridges-later to be known as Leon Russell. After leaving the University of Tulsa and traveling to Los Angeles, he played the club circuit with Leon. Besides being a great session player proficient on several instruments, Gates could also write charts, lead sheets and sing background. He arranged, wrote and produced for Glen Campbell, Ann-Margaret, Bobby Darin, Glen Yarbrough and Rod McKuen before forming the Group Bread. He made 16 albums and earned several gold records. Bread broke up and David launched a solo career recording Good-bye Girl for a Neil Simon film. He rejoined Bread for another album, but has not written much or per- formed since. David lives in California with his high school sweetheart and wife Jo- Rita and their two children.