Prior to forming Bread, the band members had worked with such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Simon & Garfunkel.
∙ Their hit single “If” topped Billboard’s Easy Listening chart, while actor Telly Savalas’ spoken word version reached #1 in the UK.
∙ More than a dozen of the band’s songs—an average of two per studio album—landed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
∙ Their songs have been covered by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, and Julio Iglesias.
∙ Guitarist James Griffin and original bassist Robb Royer cowrote the Oscar-winning song “For All We Know” for the film Lovers and Other Strangers.
∙ Bassist/keyboardist Larry Knechtel was also a member of The Wrecking Crew, a legendary group of session musicians who appeared on countless hits during the ’60s and ’70s.
∙ Aimee Mann acknowledged Bread as an influence on the “sad, soft, slow” sounds of her Grammy Award-winning album Mental Illness.
ORIGINLos Angeles, CA