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Friday, January 14, 2005
 

James Griffin, Bread

Bread: Bread (1969)


Getting on the bus with Spencer Dryden is Bread co-founder Jimmy Griffin, who along with David Gates had a string of hits in the early 70's until they split in acrimony in 1976.

Griffin died at 61 from complications from cancer.

Bread is best known for their melodic and somewhat naive soft-rock, mostly penned by Gates, and had a string of hits in the early 1970's. "If", "Diary", "Aubrey", "Baby I'm A Want You", "Make It With You" "It Don't Matter To Me" and "Guitar Man" were among them, each topping the charts during a brief 4 year halcyon. Bread's most enduring hit was the soft rock "Everything I Own", later covered by Boy George and Ken Boothe.

Griffin wrote a few songs per album, and was known as the more rocking of the two, in contrast to the more pop-oriented Gates. Their time together was rancorous.

While known for contibutions to Bread like the uncharacteristically heavy-sounding "Mother Freedom" (peak chart position #37), Griffin's biggest achievement was penning "For All We Know" for the film "Lovers and Other Strangers" Sung by Petula Clark, it won an Academy Award. It then became a smash hit for The Carpenters.

He dropped off the pop music radar after Bread, but apparently stayed working in country music.