Newbeats "Bread and Butter"
About "Bread and Butter"
"Bread and Butter" is a 1964 song by American pop vocal trio the Newbeats. Written by Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow, "Bread and Butter" was the group's first and most popular hit.
"Bread and Butter" served as the Newbeats' demo in an effort to obtain a recording contract with Hickory Records. They were then asked to formally record the track for the label.The opening two-chord piano riff and the lead falsetto singing voice of Larry Henley are notable features of the song.
Soon the song was sampled in the Dickie Goodman novelty tune "Presidential Interview (Flying Saucer '64)". "Bread and Butter" was the inspiration for the advertising jingle of Schmidt Baking Company used in the 1970s and 1980s; it went: "I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam, I like Schmidt's Blue Ribbon Bread, It's my favorite brand". Devo covered the song in 1986 for the soundtrack to the film 9½ Weeks. A lyrically modified version was used as the theme for the television series Baby Talk. The song features on the soundtrack to the 1998 comedy-drama film, Simon Birch, as well as in the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. "Bread and Butter" was featured in The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars and in the Lizzie McGuire episode "She Said, He Said, She Said". The song has also been used as a jingle for Savacentre, Spam, Doritos, Little Chef and Quaker Rice Cakes; as well as in a 2018 television commercial for Walmart.
The song has been featured on numerous compilations, including Billboard Top Rock'n'Roll Hits: 1964 and Classic Rock (Time-Life Music). The opening scene in The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, after opening credits, featured the song. (Radio dedicated the song to the Toaster, whom he called "a chrome-plated crony with a big heart full of crumbs".
The American Henry Qualls, a Texas and country blues guitarist and singer, covered the song on Blues from Elmo, Texas (1994).
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