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I'm not ashamed to say that Bread are one of my favourite bands. Really good melodies and great arrangements. Unfortunately I think they're probably seen as a bit too much of a 'schmaltzy' affair to be considered for induction. It's a shame people can't look beyond their ballads and look at sons like 'Down On My Knees' and 'Guitar Man'.
Posted by Craigyboy on Sunday, 04.8.07 @ 07:53am
They deserved to be in.
Posted by Akeem on Wednesday, 06.11.08 @ 00:54am
They started "soft rock", they should be in the hall of fame, their songs are timeless.
Posted by Akeem on Saturday, 06.14.08 @ 03:57am
we'll i think 20 years from now, definitely i can still hear their songs. they deserve the induction
Posted by akatsuki on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 23:46pm
Their songs are more boring than CSPAN, and even if they started "soft rock", which they didn't, it's exactly the type of thing you DON'T want to be known for, really. I mean, do you honestly want to be touted as being the influence behind Air Supply? No effin' way. Keep them out.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.11.08 @ 00:01am
LOL.....influence behind Air Supply? hehehe, they're better than them, any, what i just want to expound is that i think i can still hear their songs on air, 20 years from now.
Posted by akatsuki on Saturday, 10.11.08 @ 00:22am
IF is one of the beautiful songs i've ever heard
Posted by akeem on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 20:15pm
They are more of a country than rock but I do believe they made some "rock" songs like:
Posted by chuvaness on Friday, 06.12.09 @ 01:56am
my point is if they will be credited for their adult contemporary hits, i'm sure they will make it. but i don't know if there are any adult contemporary artists inducted in the hall.
Posted by chuvaness on Friday, 06.12.09 @ 02:06am
Most people know David Gates' songs, but there was another singer-songwriter in Bread, James Griffin. James wrote "For All We Know" a big hit for the Carpenters in 1971. Some of JG's best songs in Bread include:
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 06.23.09 @ 00:00am
RIP James Griffin. "Just like yesterday" has been part of the "most played" in my phone.
Posted by akeem on Tuesday, 06.23.09 @ 00:43am
R.I.P. Larry Knechtel
Posted by Steve Z on Friday, 08.28.09 @ 21:46pm
R.I.P. Larry Knechtel
Posted by chubaka on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 23:41pm
My adult sons and so many of my students appreciated Bread for the intricate melodies and harmonies. Guys love Bread. I used this band as a stepping stone to pull student beyond pop and rap, and carry them into the music and history of the 70's.
Posted by Lexi on Tuesday, 10.26.10 @ 21:14pm
I hate people who say they are not hard enough to be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. It's rock! You have hard rock, soft rock, blue rock, purple rock, out of your rear-end rock! Who cares! It's not to your taste! These guys were important contributors to soft rock. And I'll say it again, soft rock is ROCK. I don't think Frank Sinatra would have appreciated hearing that slight rock influence when he went into the chorus of Everything I Own. Rock is about that chord, or that beat that you hit, or note. Anyways, plus David Gates contributed some timeless songs. Really. And they have a rare quality to them that not many artists can produce. They have incredible melody.
Posted by Jacob N on Thursday, 04.9.15 @ 16:13pm
They should be in! James Taylor is in. Bonnie Raitt is in. Joni Mitchell is in. So that blows away the soft rock genre argument. They wrote their own songs. They influenced thousands of musicians to pick up and play. And their material is strong. Put them in. Not only that but they were as popular in the 1970s as Cat Dtevens or Linda Ronstadt
Posted by Mark on Saturday, 09.3.16 @ 18:37pm
I think there's an argument for David Gates & Bread in the RRHOF. They had gold albums and were early pioneers of the soft rock or California easy rock of the early 70's. Guitar Man is such a great song. People might try to dismiss Bread and other of the soft rock groups but plenty of artists have covered their songs. I've seen some concerts where there guitars really rock out on Guitar Man & Down On My Knees. David Gates was as good a 70's singer-songwriter as those inducted in RRHOF. I think David Gates one of the only band members still alive. Deserving of induction. KING
Posted by KING on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 08:17am
No KING, they were not early pioneers of soft rock. If nothing else, both the Association and the New Colony Six both predate Bread in that regard. And as far as more important or influential, the Carpenters are far ahead of Bread in that category.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 17:50pm
Thanks for the write-up Philip. I think The Association were/are one fine band. Mesmerizing vocals. Have one of their 2000 year concerts. Can still get it done vocally. Now that Prog has been represented in RRHOF recently Deep Purple, ELO, Rush, YES etc, it might be time for RRHOF committee to examine some of the overlooked genres: Soft Rock, Country Rock, maybe some of the R & B type groups Bill G. was speaking of.
Posted by KING on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 20:46pm
Agree King, soft rock has been overlooked by the HOF. It's hard to draw a line between singer/songwriter types and "soft rock", but I'd like to see the Carpenters, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogelberg, Jim Croce, America, and Glen Campbell get some attention.
Posted by Classic Rock on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 21:34pm
KING, you're right about their VGHoF inductions. The Association were in 2003, and Bread in 2006, if I remember correctly. I remember when I read about Bread being inducted, I thought it was a pretty lame choice. Problem was, if you're mostly familiar with the BIG hits, you don't know their abilities to harmonize. Even "Everything I Own", the harmonies were a little vague. You really have to go album deep on them to find their harmonies. In addition to my Rock Hall CDs, I also have a VGHoF set of homemade CDs, and for Bread, I chose "Let Your Love Go," which is very atypical of their general style, but it was a hit with very noticeable harmonies. lol.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 22:34pm
Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 23:16pm
A few more
Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 23:55pm
Sorry Zuzu, "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" is an awful, awful song. I hate pretty much every Lightfoot song I've ever heard. "If You Could Read My Mind" is the most tolerable, but even then, I change the station if it comes on.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 04.25.17 @ 00:45am
Posted by Zuzu on Tuesday, 04.25.17 @ 12:17pm
Barry White was not pap. That's the distinction I was trying to make. Love songs have their place. But just as not every arena or classic rocker deserves induction, nor does every soft rock act that scored hits.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 04.25.17 @ 22:00pm
I was referring to 4 Canadian artist I feel should be inducted: The Guess Who, BTO, Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Aykroyd as part of the Blues Brothers.
Posted by Zuzu on Wednesday, 04.26.17 @ 00:38am
Great write-up Zuzu on some of the soft rock groups and singer-songwriters. I'm surprised Gordon Lightfoot has not been inducted. Bob Dylan has sang Lightfoot's presence on a few occasions and he made some classic songs Sundown, The Wreck of the E.F, If You Could Read My Mind.
Posted by KING on Wednesday, 04.26.17 @ 06:33am
I'm an advocate for Bread and the Association, as well as singer/songwriters like Lightfoot, Fogelberg, McClean, and especially Denver.
Posted by Steve Z on Wednesday, 04.26.17 @ 09:29am
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 04.26.17 @ 23:02pm
Thanks for the compliments.
Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 05.1.17 @ 00:06am
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