Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Where Does the Lovin' Go" by David Gates

Song#:  0042
Date:  02/09/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  46
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop



Pop Bits:  Gates is better known as the lead singer of Bread, who had six Top 10 hits including the #1 "Make It With You." Most all their hits were sung and written by Gates which caused friction in the group. They split in 1973 but briefly reunited three years later and captured another hit "Lost Without Your Love," again written and sung by Gates. His biggest solo hit was the title song to the film "The Goodbye Girl," which hit #15 in 1977. Other than that, he just had minor chart entries and he never really caught on as a solo act. In the end, the Bread hits were really his...well...bread and butter.

ReduxReview:  Although a solo act, the voice and music still sound very Bread-like. Just not as ear catching as the group's hits. I think it is just missing a real hook of some kind. There is not much memorable here. It's not a bad song, just sounds like a secondary Bread track.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Long before Bread, Gates worked as a songwriter and session musician for some major artists like Elvis Presley and Brian Wilson. Teenage trio The Murmaids took his song "Popsicles and Icicles" to #3 in 1964. The Monkees' "Saturday's Child" was a Gates composition as well.

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