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David Gates Net Worth – $4 million

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David Gates (birth name – David Ashworth Gates) is an American producer, vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter who fronted the band ”Bread” in the 70s. 

Between 1970 and 1977, the group had 13 songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100.


He was born on December 11, 1940, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, to a piano teacher and a band director.

By the time Gates enrolled in Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School, he became proficient in guitar, bass, violin, and piano.

During high school, David formed his first band, named – ”The Accents,” with other high school musicians. In 1957, they released the 45 “Jo-Baby”/”Lovin’ at Night” on Robbins’ record label.

During a concert in 1957, the band backed Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

After high school, David made a deal with his dad – ”he had two years to make something of himself in the music business, or he had to return to his studies as a music major at the University of Oklahoma.”

In 1965, Gates released a single under the name of “The Manchesters” on the Vee-Jay label.

In the follow-up year, David produced 2 singles on A&M Records for American singer Captain Beefheart.


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ead 1972 Mike Botts, Larry Knechtal, Jimmy Griffin, David Gates – @Getty

In 1968, Gates formed Bread. The group consisted of keyboardist Larry Knechtel, drummer Michael Botts, Robb Royer, James Griffin, and himself.

The band signed with Elektra, an American record label that is owned by Warner Music Group.

In 1969, the band released its first album, titled – ”Bread.” The album peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200. In June 1969, they released the first single, named “Dismal Day,” from the album.

In 1970, they released their second album, called – ”On the Waters.”

The tracks on the album are:

Side One

  • Why Do You Keep Me Waiting;
  • Make It with You;
  • Blue Satin Pillow;
  • Look What You’ve Done;
  • I Am That I Am;
  • Been Too Long on the Road.

Side Two

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American singer-songwriter David Gates performs on a BBC TV show, London, 1971 – @Getty

  • I Want You with Me;
  • Coming Apart;
  • Easy Love;
  • In the Afterglow;
  • Call on Me;
  • The Other Side of Life.

In 1971, they released an album named – ”Manna.”

In the follow-up year, the group released – ”Baby I’m-a Want You” and ”Guitar Man.”

The band broke up in 1973. The reason, according to David:

“We just couldn’t write anything that was worthy of the ‘Bread’ name, so instead of tarnishing our reputation, I felt it was time to call it a day.”

On May 19, 1973, ”Bread” performed their last concert at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1976, they briefly re-formed to record ”Lost Without Your Love.”

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David Gates performs with Bread at the Revolution Club in London, 9th October 1970 – @Getty

The tracks on the album are:

  • Hooked on You;
  • She’s the Only One;
  • Lost Without Your Love;
  • Change of Heart;
  • Belonging;
  • Fly Away;
  • Lay Your Money Down;
  • The Chosen One;
  • Today’s the First Day;
  • Hold Tight;
  • Our Lady of Sorrow.

At the end of 1977, David released his most successful single as a solo artist, titled – “The Goodbye Girl.” In 1978, the single peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1979, he released the album entitled – ”Falling in Love Again.” The album peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1981, Gates released ”Take Me Now.” The album peaked at No. 62.

Cattle Ranch

While touring with ”Bread,” David purchased a 1,400-acre cattle ranch.

During an interview, David confessed:

”That was in the mid-80s. Things had sort of dwindled off, where I was living in LA.”

Gates went on to say:

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David Gates of Bread performs on stage, UK, 1975 – @Getty

”I began to pull away from the business a little bit in the mid-80s and then decided, when my kids were pretty much grown and gone, I moved up here full-time in 1987.”

David added:

”So I’ve been up here seven years, living year-round. And I like the seasons – they’re kind of nice.”

In 1994, David released another album, titled – ”Love Is Always Seventeen.” It was his first new album in 13 years.

In 1996, Knechtel, Botts, Griffin, and David reunited ”Bread” for a “25th Anniversary” tour of Asia, Europe, South Africa, and the US. 


In 1958, David Gates married his high school sweetheart, Jo-Rita Gates. Jo Rita was not just David Gates’ life partner but also his muse. One of the first Gates released is “Jo-Baby”/”Lovin’ at Night” — most likely dedicated to his sweetheart.

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The couple has four children.


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David Gates backsatge at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, March 4, 1994 – @Getty

”I’d hate to be a new artist today – it’s very difficult. It would be better if we just had a radio which was divided between classical, jazz, r’n’b and pop.”

”Nine out of ten times my gut instincts are right.”

“Sometimes it’s better to be grateful and stay the heck out of the limelight when your best work is behind you.”

“People always associate me with the ballads and pretty things, but I did quite a lot of rhythm’n’blues and rock stuff early in my career.”

“We’re a huge country, yet we don’t have the spectrum of choice in music that other countries enjoy.”

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Ex Bread lead singer David Gates plays a concert on March 26, 2003 at Vicar Street in Dublin – @Getty

From 1970 to 1973, his band charted 11 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, all of which were sung and written by David.

In 1968, David scored his first motion picture, named – ”Journey to Shiloh.” The film is based on a novel by Will Henry.

A few of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Boy George and Julio Iglesias.

He composed and/or arranged songs for:

  • Shelley Fabares;
  • Connie Stevens;
  • Frank Sinatra;
  • Bobby Darin;
  • the Monkees. 

”Bread” was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

In 2014, Helter Skelter Publishing issued the biography of his band named – ”Bread: A Sweet Surrender.”

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David Gates – Net Worth 2024

So, how much is David Gates worth? Gates earned most of his wealth from his music. Some of his best-known songs as a solo artist include – Take Me Now, Never Let Her Go, Clouds, and Goodbye Girl. Therefore, retired American singer-songwriter David Gates has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

The best hits of his band are – Everything I Own, Aubrey, Guitar Man, If, Make It With You, and It Don’t Matter To Me.

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Jennifer Grozelle

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

What are his 4 children's names?


Friday 6th of October 2023

I miss David Gates. I wish he would play again somewhere.

Brad Schubert

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

I went to two Bread concerts in the early 70's in Seattle, and still remember them. The music was awesome and still is! David Gates has the most beautiful voice in the world...Somehow after all these years it seems eternal! The band,the songs will live forever!

John Martin

Sunday 10th of April 2022

I love the sound of this band and the lyrics. God bless Bread.

Don DeJarnette

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Am a couple of years younger than David but attended many dances At University of Tulsa student union while in junior high at nearby Wilson Jr High. David was a real class act even at that young age. Miss those days watching Davids talent evolve. -Don DeJarnette