David Gates wrote this song about his dad, who did not live to see his son’s success. It appeared on Bread’s 1972 album, Baby I’m a Want You, and was a #1 hit in the U.K. and #5 hit in the U.S. Ken Boothe and Boy George each covered it and likewise took it to the top of the charts in the U.K. Other artists and groups who have covered it include: Georgie Fame, Jack Jones, Olivia Newton-John, *NSYNC, and Rod Stewart. In the new millennium, it has appeared in a couple of movies: Chrissie Hynde recorded it for the soundtrack of Happy Feet and Vanessa Hudgens sang it in the film, Bandslam.
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