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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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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 got this good lookin woman back home let me tell Ya Uh hua. She cooks good and she looks good and she just can't do no wrong. well she's my breakfast in the morning. my dinner and my midnight snack.
She sits up in my bed and she even rolls over on her back.

feel good music
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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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coachwilliam h e w i t t
Good Beat
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s.chavarin
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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darlenejchoq
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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larryhu almost same story my brother hooked me up 1969 my first R&R band
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seen them in Nashville tn in the early 70s as a teen great band
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Love my G.F.R. For life. 1969 my uncle hooked me up. Got big chills just now. WOW
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Can't get enough of G.F.R.
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Black Licorice- best (male) scream ever (Flyleaf's Sick gets best female)
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the very shallow end of the pool
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Yes the band. Might of suffers but the fans lost one of the greatest rock bands in the world. Go grand funk
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Aimless lady, GFR for life. Morning pandora listeners
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James gang ZZ Top Grand Funk Railroad the three best 70s trio bands hands down GFR HOF
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Yes, ur right boss914570!! ! ! My uncle turned me on to them. After Vietnam. Late 60's. Got chills all over. Funk head for life.
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One of the must underrated rock bands of the 70's.
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far-out!
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Yes I've aready Googled all. Caught in the act. Black licorice
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A listening comf Dmitry fir all
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They were so funktastik. Ahhh the memories in back of my 63 nova
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milosdad
For all you fans, Google their June 1, 1974 concert in L.A. for a full live set. Definitely some foot stompin' music.
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Yes, & I have it! I'm a funk head. They're my first band. That I can say, I love rock& roll.
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hempelpamela
Sorry never entered the group name. This would be for Grand Funk Railroad.
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hempelpamela
Does anyone remember the round silver album ?
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kwaddell19
just saw bob seger in Pgh on 01/22 & don brewer IS the drummer for the silver bullet band, awesome show, j. geils band was opening act. Also saw gfr in 1974 at civic arena in pgh, had a really cool train video that was great when seen from the floor seats, looked like it was coming right at you.
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The Rodney Dangerfield of Rock'n'Roll - will never get near the respect they deserve. milosdad below... I saw the same tour 1974 at Capital Center in Washington DC. One the best shows I have seen to this day.... also one of the loudest. The couple my wife and I went with almost had to walk out it was so loud. I was having too much fun to notice.
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Loved to watch Mark Farber dance around the stage.
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milosdad
First concert I ever attended. GFR with Wet Willie opening up. May 24, 1974 in San Antonio. Later, around 1988, I got to drive Mark Farner around before a solo gig. Really nice person.
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Grand Trunk Railroad!
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Grand Funk and Bachman Turner Overdrive... t h e way rock was supposed to be!
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Still jamming
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a good collection isn't complete without them!
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1st rock band I ever heard Beatles don't count 1969 brother turned me on to them
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