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Great Forgotten Songs #21 – Bread “Guitar Man”

Bread the band

Classic Rock

Great Forgotten Songs #21 – Bread “Guitar Man”

“The Guitar Man” was written by David Gates and originally the amazing classic rock band, Bread, of which Gates was a member. The track appeared on their 1972 album also called “Guitar Man”.


The song mixes soft rock, strings and acoustic guitar and the addition of a wah-wah effect, played by the amazing Larry Knechtel. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and their third number-one hit on the easy listening chart.

Hear the song below:

“The Guitar Man” by Bread

Guitar Man (1972)

The band

Bread was formed in Los Angeles, California and placed 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1970 and 1977.

The band consisted of David Gates (vocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, violin, viola, percussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion) and Robb Royer (bass guitar, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorder, backing vocals).

On their first album session musician Jim Gordon played drums, percussion, and piano. Mike Botts became their permanent drummer when he joined in the summer of 1969, and Larry Knechtel replaced Royer in 1971, playing keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, and harmonica.

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I am a Brazilian journalist, a Classic Rock and Heavy Metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

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