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Grand Funk Railroad

One of the 1970s' most successful hard rock bands in spite of critical pans and somewhat reluctant radio airplay (at first), Grand Funk Railroad built a devoted fan base with constant touring, a loud, simple take on the blues-rock power trio sound, and strong working-class appeal. The band was formed by Flint, MI, guitarist/songwriter Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer, both former members of a local band called Terry Knight & the Pack. They recruited former ? & the Mysterians bassist Mel Schacher in 1968, and Knight retired from performing to become their manager, naming the group after Michigan's well-known Grand Trunk Railroad.

They performed for free at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, and their energetic, if not technically proficient, show led Capitol Records to sign them at once. While radio shied away from Grand Funk Railroad, the group's strong work ethic and commitment to touring produced a series of big-selling albums over the next few years; five of their eight releases from 1969 to 1972 went platinum, and the others all went gold. Meanwhile, Knight promoted the band aggressively, going so far as to rent a Times Square billboard to advertise Closer to Home, which turned out to be the band's first multi-platinum album in spite of a backlash from the rock press. However, Grand Funk Railroad fired Knight in March of 1972, who promptly sued; the band spent most of the year in a court battle that ended when they bought Knight out.

Keyboardist Craig Frost joined the group for the Phoenix LP at the end of 1972. Following that album, the band's name was officially shortened to Grand Funk, and the group finally scored a big hit single (number one, in fact) with the title track of the Todd Rundgren-produced We're an American Band. The follow-up, Shinin' On, contained another number one hit in a remake of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion." However, following Grand Funk's next album, All the Girls in the World Beware!!, interest in the group began to wane. Reverting back to Grand Funk Railroad, they remained together in 1976 solely to work with producer Frank Zappa on Good Singin', Good Playin'. Farner left for a solo career, and the remainder of the band released an album as Flint with guitarist Billy Elworthy.

Grand Funk Railroad re-formed in 1981 with Dennis Bellinger on bass and released two albums; only Grand Funk Lives even managed to scrape the bottom of the charts. The group disbanded again, with Brewer and Frost joining Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band and Farner embarking on a new career as a CCM artist; his "Isn't It Amazing" was a number two gospel hit in 1988. In 1997, Grand Funk Railroad reunited once again to record a benefit album titled Bosnia; two years later, Capitol issued a three-disc box set retrospective, Thirty Years of Funk: 1969-1999. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Wish the 3 boys would play agian
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Best three man band ever to exist!
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Awesome
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Sins a good mans brother, There deep cut are the best. Best party band there is.
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Heck Yes American Band they do party it down in Little Rock Arkansas with Sweet Sweet Connie AKA Ms.Helams a sub. Teacher in the Little Rock Schools. Now how is that y'all for a teacher and the reason l know this to be true is because my best friend went to Little Rock Schools and that is who sub.at the school she went to l bet they learned a lot
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I'm your captain great grand funk railroad song one of the best
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Black licorice
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Love my Michigan band
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If your not into GFR you don't understand true Rock & Roll
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Definitely should be in the hall of fame one of the best of all time
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WHY THEY ARE NOT IN THE ROCK & ROLL OF FAME IS A F N MYSTERY TO ME
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saw them in KY. in 1970. radio does not do them right. they have better music than what most people hear.
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One of the great rock trio's of all-time
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No lies
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I listen to this...I can still smell the weed, the vinyl and album cleaner. Its great!
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New? You can't be serious! They were formed in 1968.
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Pretty cool are these guys new?
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Walk like a man!!!! What a F-N band. Love G.F. THKS uncle Bud.
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Can I get a witness some kind of wonderful great song
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Yes, WE'RE FUNKHEADS FOR LIFE
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alabastervil l i s 0
a hippie in the 70s is just as smelly and souless as a dirty hippie of the 60s. tho their music wasnt as offensive they still ate babys and bashed in puppys heads
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Those guys are great. Skynndove
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Mark Mel and Don kicks a**.
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Simply the Best..... thank you from Jackson Michigan.... s e e n them way back when....
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Kicked off my career of evil in 1970, my second big show, killer show at Pirates World in south Fla. Songs still hold up good after all these years.
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Now these are the Roots of Rock N Roll. Love this group.
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Beäust de aeú, no de rey Amerika!
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inckopp
Saw them in 73 in the Seattle coliseum on the 4th of July...very fun stuff!
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one of the best bands! Love Closer to Home!
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Remember,the closer to home album!!!!! With the REAL EYES on cover! Nice!
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True that, cowgirl.5817
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When you meet someone wonderful never let go. True love only comes around once. Once you lose it you will never be same. :( :( :( :(
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Grand Funk Railroad 4ever
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Love good music from Michigan!
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When music was REAL GOOD! LOVE IT!
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Inside looking out 12 minutes & 37 seconds long. F-N nice.
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This is when I new I loved Rock&Roll
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Funk head for life!!!!!!!! ! ! Not a song I don't know or can't sing!!!!!!!! ! ! ! Fact!!!!!! Caught in the act. One of my favorite.
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wawa3
I can pass through future years and Nothin is the same Nothin Is the same
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wawa3
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD you can see their history on you Tube Sad story how they were taken advantage of by their manager. I think their first album was the 3 faces like in red and white & one in Black and White they had a sound that was Sharp, Funky, Rockin, upbeat music, make Ya feel good. VERY SPECIAL BAND I seen them in the JAX Fl. coliseum, in which I believe they made or part of a live album 69 or 70.
Now I'm feelin just.. A little bit older and Time has filled my brain.. I can pass
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Good Beat
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Orale!
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61 years old there my boys mick jager said they would not amount to anything what a a**hole
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Love, to wake up listening too good music.
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greg82739
Got to see them some where around 1975, Tampa Stadium, Wet Willie opened for them, Good Memories
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always loved this guitar effects Feelin' Alright
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My first rock& roll band
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I'm getting closer to my home
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I had this eight track and a light blue Beetle bug car! Oh, the adventures we had! Lol
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taffycoco1
awesome awesome...al l of it! love em'
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