Bread, an American pop-rock band, was formed by David Gates, James “Jimmy” Griffin, and Robert “Robb” Royer in 1968.

Just Like Yesterday” was sung by Jimmy Griffin in the key of C major (C).

David Gates and Jimmy Griffin were the lead singers.

David Gates sang mostly the lead tenor parts and played guitar, bass, and keyboards.

Jimmy Griffin usually handled the higher tenor-alto harmony vocals and played guitar and keyboards.

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Bread performed their first concert on July 25, 1969.

In 1969, James “Jim” Gordon started out as the drummer and was replaced by Michael “Mike” Botts.

In 1970, Robb Royer left the band.

In 1971, Robb Royer was replaced by Lawrence “Larry” Knechtel, who played keyboards, bass, and guitar.

Jimmy Griffin died on January 11, 2005.

Michael Botts died on December 09, 2005.

In 2006, Bread was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Larry Knechtel died on August 20, 2009.


1969: Bread
1970: On The Waters
1971: Manna
1972: Baby, I’m A Want You
1972: Guitar Man
1977: Lost Without Your Love
1996: Retrospective

Burt Sugarman: 1977: Midnight Special

David Gates
Jimmy Griffin

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