David Gates
David Gates
Real Name/Full Name David Ashworth Gates
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: David Gates
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 11 December 1940
Age/How Old: 83 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 178 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 68 Kg
In Pounds – 150 lbs
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Parents Name: Father – Wanda Gates Rollins
Mother – Clarence Gates
Siblings: Unknown
School: Will Rogers High School
College: University of Oklahoma
Religion: Not known
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Jo Rita
Kids/Children Name: Angelyn Gates
Profession: Singer-songwriter, musician, and producer
Net Worth: $4 million
Last Updated: February 2024

David Ashworth Gates is a popular American singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and guitarist. He was among the frontline of the group, Bread with Jimmy Griffin, as well as a co-lead singer. The group reached the top on most music charts in Europe and North America on various occasions in the 1970s. The band was even inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Well, how well do you know about David Gates? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about David Gates’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about David Gates to date.

Biography and Early Life

David Gates is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on 11 December, his parents being Wanda Gates, a piano teacher, and Clarence, a band director. Being surrounded by musicians, he learned to play piano, violin, bass, and guitar when he was young.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is David Gates in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, David Gates’s age is 83 years old as of today’s date 23rd February 2024 having been born on 11 December 1940. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 150 lbs in Pound and 68 kg in Kilograms.


Gates was enrolled at Will Rogers High School, where he formed The Accents band with fellow high school musicians. The band consisted of Claude Russell Bridges as the piano player but later changed his name to Leon Russell. The band backed Chuck Berry during the 1957 concert. They released “Jo-Baby” and “Lovin’ at Night”, and side A was written by Jo Rita, his future sweetheart. After enrolling at the University of Oklahoma, Gates married Rita.

After his family relocated to Los Angeles in 1961, Gates continued to write songs while working as a music copyist, studio musician, and producer for various artists.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Gates has been married once to his high school lover, Jo Rita, since 1959. They are blessed with three children, of which two are lawyers while one is a cardiothoracic surgeon.

He learned cattle ranching business while touring with his band. He later purchased a 1400-acre cattle ranch which was financed by royalties from the group. He has disclosed on his Facebook page that he lives happily with his wife in Mount Vernon, Washington, where he is enjoying his retirement.

Is David Gates Gay?

No. Gates has a straightforward sexual orientation. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has never had such rumors. He has had only one lover all his life, and that is his high school sweetheart. They are still together and live a happy life.

Professional Career

After his experience with the Accents band, Gates continued to release singles in the 1960s. He produced a debut album for the band, “The Pleasure Fair”, in 1967, in which Robb Royer was a member. After almost a year, Gates and Royer collaborated with Jimmy Griffin to form a new band called Bread, which was signed by the Elektra record company.

The first album was released in 1969 with the name “Bread” and was no 127 on the Billboard 200. Gates was the writer of the first single, “Dismal Day”, which was released in June 1969, although it did not peak. Their second album, “On the Water”, had a reference from Ecclesiastes 11:1, which was released in 1970. They had a new drummer called Mike Botts. This album was their breakthrough to success. Bread listed 11 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1970 and 1973, which were all written and sang by Gates. This brought differences between Gates and Griffin, who were the main contributors to the band. The band disbanded in 1973.

Gates recorded and released his solo album in 1973 called “First.” The album peaked at No. 47 in the Billboard Hot 100 and No three on the Adult Contemporary chart. The album had several singles which peaked on various charts. The album peaked at No. 102 on the Billboard 200.

After the band reunited in 1976, they released an album, “Lost Without Your Love, ” written and sung by Gates. The most successful single that Gates released as a solo artist is “Goodbye Girl” in 1977. After the release of his album “Falling in Love Again” in 1979, Gates became less active in music and only returned in 1994 with a new album “, Love is Always Seventeen.”


Concerning Gates awards, the internet does not show the record of the awards he has received throughout his career. However, he has been a successful musician, and his songs have many fans.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of David Gates in 2024

David Gates Net Worth
David Gates Net Worth

As of 2024, Gates has an estimated net worth of $4 million. At his age, is not expected to have much involvement in the music industry. He has earned much of his wealth from his singing career as a solo artist and from the bands he was involved in. he has also been involved with cattle ranching, which has also contributed to his wealth increase.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He started his first band called Accent while in high school.
  • Apart from being a musician, he can play various musical instruments like the piano, guitar and bass.
  • Both his parents were in the music industry; thus, they inspired him since he was young.

David Gates is one of the most successful rock singers. Even at his old age, he at least has something to show, which he gained from his career. He was able to multitask his singing career with his cattle ranching business, showing how dedicated he is towards what he loves doing.


  1. The article is mostly about David Gates, the musician. But the photos are of David Gates, the journalist/novelist. They are different people.


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