The Guitar Man

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"The Guitar Man"
The Guitar Man - Bread.jpg
Single by Bread
from the album Guitar Man
B-side "Just Like Yesterday"
Released July 1972
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Rock, soft rock[1]
Length 3:46
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) David Gates
Producer(s) David Gates
Bread singles chronology
"The Guitar Man"
"Sweet Surrender"
"The Guitar Man"
"Sweet Surrender"

"The Guitar Man" is a song written by David Gates and originally recorded by the rock group Bread, of which Gates was a member. It first appeared on Bread's 1972 album, Guitar Man. The song is a mixture of the sounds of soft rock, including strings and acoustic guitar, and the addition of a wah-wah effect electric guitar, played by Larry Knechtel. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and their third number-one hit on the easy listening chart,[2] (following "If" and "Baby I'm-a Want You").

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
Australia KMR 22
Canada RPM Top Singles [3] 6
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary [4] 7
New Zealand [5] 2
UK 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [6] 11
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [7] 10


Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by David J on his 2003 album Estranged, Cake on their 2004 album Pressure Chief, Starflyer 59 on their 2007 vinyl collection Ghosts of the Future, and Bobby Bare, Jr. on his American Bread EP. Hank Marvin released his album Guitar Man with a cover version of the song. In 2012 Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby recorded a version for a fund raising CD titled Super Hits of the Seventies for radio station WFMU.

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