The Early Years 1962-1967

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Early Years 1962-1967 compiles tracks singer/songwriter David Gates wrote, arranged, and produced for other artists prior to his own time in the spotlight as the lead singer of the '70s soft rock band Bread. Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a band director and a piano teacher for parents, Gates got an early start in the record industry, releasing several singles in the late '50s. By the '60s, Gates was living in Los Angeles and finding work writing and producing for a variety of labels. Sticking to songs Gates composed during this period, this anthology brings together tracks Gates wrote for a mix of girl groups, pop singers, rockabilly artists, and soul singers. ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Early Years 1962-1967 compiles tracks singer/songwriter David Gates wrote, arranged, and produced for other artists prior to his own time in the spotlight as the lead singer of the '70s soft rock band Bread. Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a band director and a piano teacher for parents, Gates got an early start in the record industry, releasing several singles in the late '50s. By the '60s, Gates was living in Los Angeles and finding work writing and producing for a variety of labels. Sticking to songs Gates composed during this period, this anthology brings together tracks Gates wrote for a mix of girl groups, pop singers, rockabilly artists, and soul singers. Included are such songs as the Murmaids' 1963 hit "Popsicles and Icicles," Dorsey Burnette's 1963 recording "Pebbles," Shelley Fabares' campy 1964 song "Football Season's Over," and many others. Also featured are tracks for such artists as the Girlfriends, Frankie Fanelli, Dorothy Berry, and actors Michael Landon and Ann-Margret. While the focus here is primarily on songs Gates wrote for other artists, we do get Gates' own demo version of his song "You'll Be Needin' Me," written for the Lettermen in 1966. Also notable is Jody Miller's 1965 take on "Never Let Him Go," which Gates later revisited for his 1975 solo album as "Never Let Her Go." These are catchy songs in a variety of styles that should appeal to longtime Bread fans interested in Gates' career, as well as anyone with an abiding love of '60s pop music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2013
  • Label: Rare Rockin Records
  • UPC: 680569411938
  • Catalog Number: 1032
  • Sales rank: 54,541

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Popsicles and Icicles - The Murmaids (2:34)
  2. 2 Hey, Little Star - Ann-Margret (2:16)
  3. 3 Without You - Michael Landon (2:08)
  4. 4 Don't Let Him - Gloria Melbourne (2:06)
  5. 5 Cryin' On My Pillow - Dorothy Berry (2:05)
  6. 6 Pebbles - Dorsey Burnette (2:17)
  7. 7 Football Season's Over - Shelley Fabares (2:06)
  8. 8 Ain't Gonna Cry No More - Gwen Stacey (2:11)
  9. 9 My One and Only Jimmy Boy - The Girlfriends (2:16)
  10. 10 The Luckiest Girl In Town - Pat Powdrill (2:16)
  11. 11 Tears, Rain - Frankie Fanelli (2:21)
  12. 12 If You Ever Need Me - Margaret Mandolph (2:30)
  13. 13 Playboy - The Crickets (2:03)
  14. 14 Lost In Wonderland - Connie Stevens (2:04)
  15. 15 You Better Watch Out - Dorothy Berry (2:04)
  16. 16 The Fool of the Year - Johnny Burnette (1:55)
  17. 17 Lonely Girl - Gwen Stacey (2:12)
  18. 18 Silly Little Girl - Margaret Mandolph (1:51)
  19. 19 I Think I'm Gonna Cry - Gail Ganley (2:13)
  20. 20 Are You Putting Me On - Jerry Modine (2:01)
  21. 21 Nothing Left To Do But Cry - Merry Clayton (2:10)
  22. 22 Tell Him - Suzy Wallis (2:26)
  23. 23 The Prince of My Dreams - Dotty & Kathy (2:19)
  24. 24 The Brighter Side - Carl Edwards (1:57)
  25. 25 Give Thanks To a Friend - Gwen Stacey (2:31)
  26. 26 Never Let Him Go - Jody Miller (2:52)
  27. 27 For My Sake - The Girlfriends (1:58)
  28. 28 Swingin' Gates - The Fencemen (2:09)
  29. 29 No One Really Loves a Clown - Johnny Crawford (2:12)
  30. 30 Standin' On the Corner - Dorothy Berry (1:57)
  31. 31 How Do You Say Goodbye - Jody Miller (2:26)
  32. 32 You'll Be Needin' Me - The Lettermen (2:04)
  33. 33 You'll Be Needin' Me (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gates Primary Artist, Conductor
Jack Nitzsche Conductor
Billy Strange Conductor
Harry Betts Conductor
Perry Botkin Jr. Conductor
Dave Gates Conductor
Technical Credits
David Gates Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gerry Goffin Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Billy Strange Arranger
Brian Gari Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Annotation
Marty Cooper Producer
Harry Betts Arranger
Perry Botkin Jr. Arranger
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Joe Reisman Producer
Al Schmitt Producer
Cliff Crofford Composer
Steve Douglas Producer
Dave Gates Arranger, Producer
Curly Walter Producer
Mike Edwards Producer, Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Annotation
Johnny Gee Mastering, Mastering Producer
Ash Wells Producer, Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Annotation
Snuff Garrett Producer
Jerry Modine Composer
Nestor La Bonte Arranger
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