Mike Botts

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Mike Botts
Background information
Birth name Michael Gene Botts
Born (1944-12-08)December 8, 1944
Oakland, California
Died December 9, 2005(2005-12-09) (aged 61)
Burbank, California
Instruments Drums, percussion
Associated acts Bread, Bill Medley, Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, Richard Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg

Michael Gene Botts (December 8, 1944 – December 9, 2005) was an American drummer, best known for his work with 1970s soft rock band Bread, and as a session musician. During his career, he recorded with Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Cetera, Warren Zevon and Dan Fogelberg, among many others. He also contributed to several soundtracks for films, and to albums released under the name of The Simpsons.


Born in Oakland, California, Botts grew up in nearby Antioch before moving to Sacramento. While in college, he began playing with a band called The Travellers Three and working as a studio musician. Eventually, the group disbanded, but not before recording some songs with producer David Gates.[1]

While working with Bill Medley, Botts was invited to join Gates's band, Bread, for its second album, On the Waters.[2] He accepted the offer and worked as a full-time member of Bread from 1970 to 1973, when the band went on hiatus. At that point, Botts began working with Linda Ronstadt,[2] and recorded and toured with her for over two years. Botts reunited with the other members of Bread in 1976 for one final album and tour, before disbanding again in 1978.[1]

He then worked with Karla Bonoff and Andrew Gold, playing on Gold's 1977 hit "Lonely Boy", and continued to work in the studio as a player, singer, writer, and producer. In 1989, he toured Japan with Richard Carpenter.[1] Two years later, he began touring and recording with Dan Fogelberg while continuing his session work, and also writing jingles and music for children's albums.[3] In 1996, the members of Bread again reunited for a world tour that ran until the fall of 1997. Botts then recorded his only solo album, Adults Only, released in 2000.[1]

Botts died in Burbank, California, one day after his 61st birthday, having suffered from colon cancer.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Mike Botts profile". Mike Botts official website. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mike Botts, 61; Drummer for 1970s rock band Bread". LA Times. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bread: Where Are They Now?". Rolling Stone. 10 August 1989. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

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