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Bread drummer Mike Botts Passed Away


Mike Botts, 61, best-known as the drummer for the 1970s rock band Bread, died of cancer Dec. 9 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

Botts, who also recorded and toured with Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Eddie Money, Tina Turner, Andrew Gold, Karla Bonoff, Rita Coolidge, Albert Hammond, Seals & Crofts, Peter Cetera, Eric Carmen, Wendy Waldman, J.D. Souther, Brock Walsh, Dan Peek, Sharon O'Neill, Peter McCann, Kerry Chater, Rosemary Butler, and others, grew up in Sacramento and began playing the drums in high school. He joined Bread in time to make the group's second album, "On the Waters."

With the dissolution of Bread in 1973, Botts became a session drummer and recorded and toured with Ronstadt. He rejoined Bread in 1977 for a one-album reunion and tour before resuming session playing.



Mike Botts was a very good drummer and a great guy! He radiated a positive energy glow that all who knew him and those who worked with him were forunate to experience. He was a spiritual man who walked among us with great dignity and always bringing us laughter. The world is a better place because Mike left us with a musical legacy and the world is a lonlier place because Mike has left us. Thanks brother for sharing yourself with us!

I just found out that mike botts passed away. Another great muscian leaves us.

Many Blessings to the family and friends of Michael Botts. Michael was a wonderful person.

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