Bread

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Will Bread be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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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.

air supply is a no no for me, it's just that this is the only artist i like in the "soft rock" category. but i admit their songs are kinda "schmaltzy".

i like janis and jimi, but they're already inducted. hopefully the band would be recognized

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:

Mother Freedom
Down On My Knees
Guitar Man???

Though they're not really big hits in the music chart. I think we could still hear their "soft" songs (If, Everything I Own, Goodbye Girl, etc.) for more than 20 years from now.

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:

Too Much Love
Take Comfort
Games of Magic
Fancy Dancer
She's The Only One

One of David Gates' song that was covered by someone else was "Part Time Love" recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips, but I strongly believe Gates had Ray Charles in mind when he wrote it.

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.

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:

Too Much Love
Take Comfort
Games of Magic
Fancy Dancer
She's The Only One

One of David Gates' song that was covered by someone else was "Part Time Love" recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips, but I strongly believe Gates had Ray Charles in mind when he wrote it.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 06.23.09 @ 00:00am

Posted by akeem on Tuesday, 06.23.09 @ 00:43am


R.I.P. Larry Knechtel

damn, the rock hall's gotta induct these guys before they run out! He's the third member (of five) to pass away since 2005!

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.

And for those who are uneducated about Bread to say they were an all-around soft rock band, you couldn't be more far behind. In fact, they usually opened up with Mother Freedom on a tour because there were girls that would take their boyfriends to see them and they didn't want to let them down. I believe the female crowd would quiet down after they played that, and THEN they would go straight into Baby I'm-A Want You and stuff like that. Their guitarist was incredible.

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


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