A fellow classmate Leon Russell was there as well as an Arkansas boy we all came to know as Glen Campbell.
David had a great advantage because he knew Rock and Roll, Country and Rhythm and Blues. He could read music, create arrangements, produce and play instruments. By the end of the decade, as an arranger, his clients included Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Ann-Margaret, Duane Eddy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Merle Haggard, Hoyt Axton, Bobby Vee and Buck Owens.
By the late '60's rock groups were the rage and David knew that the best way to get his own songs recorded was to sing them himself. So in 1968 he formed a group affectionately called "BREAD" - with Jimmy Griffin and Rob Royer.