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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.



I was shocked to learn that Mike Botts passed away, 2005 was a bad year for us Bread-fans as Jimmy Griffin passed away earlier that year.

I just found out today that Michael had passed away. I am deeply saddened. I am also saddened by the passing of Jimmy Griffin. I have been a Bread fan since I was little girl and I feel that a huge piece of my life is gone with them. RIP and many blessing to their friends and loved ones.

Saturday night I brought out the old Bread albums. Today, Monday, surfing I just discovered Mike Botts had passed on. As a former drummer, I think Mike was a dynamic drummer. Tight and precise and spectacular fills. A GREAT, GREAT drummer.

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