A member of the popular group Bread, David Gates is also a songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist and producer. His first hit as a songwriter came with the popular Mermaids song Popsicles and Icicles. David Gates was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a band director and a piano teacher on December 11, 1940. Surrounded by music from birth, he was proficient in piano, bass and guitar by the time he was in high school. In 1957, he received a musical break when Chuck Berry came to Tulsa; Gates had his first hit, Jo-Baby, with Chuck Berry.