#1 Pop, #4 AC
The beautiful soft pop ballad “Make it With You” was composed by prior session musician/producer David Gates and appeared on the group (to which he belongs) Bread’s second LP released in 1970, entitled “On The Waters.”
The band consisted of David Gates (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, viola, percussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Robb Royer (bass, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorder, backing vocals), Mike Botts (drums; joined in 1970), and Larry Knechtel (bass, guitar, keyboards, harmonica; replaced Royer in 1971). (WIKI)
Beginning in 1966 the newly created Motown group called “The Originals” consisted of; C.P. Spencer (lead tenor), Hank Dixon (second tenor), Walter Gaines (Baritone), and Freddie Gorman (bass). Joe Stubbs, bother of Levi Stubbs, was in the group briefly, but he decided to leave by the time the group’s first single was release.
This group sang backup for a few years for other Motown artists, without the benefit of their own hit, until Marvin Gaye and his then wife Anna composed their first hit — “Baby I’m for Real.”
This particular cover of “Make It With You,” by the gents, appeared on their 1972 LP “Definitions” and features the smooth harmonies of the quartet that should have been given more shine while at Motown. Don’t you agree?