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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

Disc 1

1. We're An American Band

2. Time Machine

3. Walk Like A Man

4. Some Kind Of Wonderful

5. Shinin' On

6. Heartbreaker

7. Rock & Roll Soul

8. The Loco-Motion

9. Footstompin' Music

10. Mean Mistreater (Live)

11. Take Me

12. Bad Time

13. I'm Your Captain / Closer To Home

14. Inside Looking Out

Disc 2
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Track List: Classic Masters

1. We're An American Band

2. Time Machine

4. Some Kind Of Wonderful

5. Gimme Shelter

6. Shinin' On

7. Heartbreaker

8. Rock & Roll Soul

9. The Loco-Motion

10. Footstompin' Music

11. Mean Mistreater

12. Feelin' Alright

13. Take Me

14. Bad Time

15. I'm Your Captain / Closer To Home

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Track List: What's Funk

1. Rock And Roll American Style

2. Nowhere To Run

3. Innocent

4. Still Waitin'

5. Borderline

6. El Salvador

7. It's A Man's World

8. I'm So True

9. Don't Lie To Me

10. Life In Outer Space

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Track List: Caught In The Act

1. Footstompin' Music

2. Rock 'n' Roll Soul (live)

3. I'm Your Captain - Closer To Home (live)

4. Heartbreaker

5. Some Kind Of Wonderful

6. Shinin' On (live)

7. The Loco-Motion

9. The Railroad

10. We're An American Band

11. T.N.U.C.

12. Inside Looking Out (live)

13. Gimme Shelter

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Track List: We're An American Band

1. We're An American Band

2. Stop Lookin' Back

3. Creepin'

4. Black Licorice

5. The Railroad

6. Ain't Got Nobody

7. Walk Like A Man

8. Loneliest Rider

9. Hooray

10. The End

11. Stop Lookin' Back (Acoustic Mix)

12. We're An American Band (2002 Remix)

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Track List: Phoenix

1. Flight Of The Phoenix

2. Trying To Get Away

3. Someone

4. She Got To Move Me

5. Rain Keeps Fallin'

6. I Just Gotta Know

7. So You Won't Have To Die

8. Freedom Is For Children

9. Gotta Find Me A Better Day

10. Rock 'n' Roll Soul

11. Flight Of The Phoenix (2002 Remix)

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Track List: E Pluribus Funk

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Track List: Survival

1. Country Road

2. All You've Got Is Money

3. Comfort Me

4. Feelin' Alright

5. I Want Freedom

6. I Can Feel Him In The Morning

7. Gimme Shelter

8. I Can't Get Along With Society (2002 Remix)

9. Jam (Footstompin' Music)

10. Country Road (Original Version)

11. All You've Got Is Money (Original Version)

12. Feelin' Alright (Original Version)

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Track List: Closer To Home

1. Sin's A Good Man's Brother

2. Aimless Lady

3. Nothing Is The Same

4. Mean Mistreater

5. Get It Together

6. I Don't Have To Sing The Blues

7. Hooked On Love

8. I'm Your Captain

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Track List: On Time

1. Are You Ready

2. Anybody's Answer

3. Time Machine

4. High On A Horse

5. T.N.U.C.

6. Into The Sun

7. Heartbreaker

8. Call Yourself A Man

9. Can't Be Too Long

10. Ups And Downs

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Track List: Grand Funk Lives

1. Good Times

2. Queen Bee

3. Testify

4. Can't Be With You Tonight

5. No Reason Why

6. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

7. Y.O.U.

8. Stuck In The Middle

9. Greed Of Man

10. Wait For Me

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Track List: Greatest Hits: Grand Funk Railroad

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saw them in Allentown Pa at a local fair grounds concert and the rest is history always on of the forerunners of that 70's Hippie era excellent!!!
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Loved every song until they did We're an American Band.
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71,,Winterla n d in San Fran,with thr Allman Brothers when Dwayne was still here,,,oh yaaaaaaaaaaa a
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Ice cold heroine runnin thru my veins worked all day makin up nickle bags
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.. ,j I seen these guys in the 70s
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Come on up and get down with me! What a time. oh yah and the orange
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1970 very loud and tripping on orange sunshine. Never forget it front row.
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Totally addictive
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I read somewhere a long time ago they were referred to as the 'Great White Noise' - which is f**king cool, once you think about it!!! Best selling band and act of the 70's! GFR rules, that is all.
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I need to party down mimi
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I haven't heard this song in a while. Great song.
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That's interesting to learn because I was never much of a hard rock fan but I love these guys.
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Yes I sure did party with these guys in the he eighty's so it was not in their hay day ( but it was mine )!!! No I was not alone with them in their bus of course my friend was with me !!!
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Am going to see them September 30 2016 at the Central Washington State fair.
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Have seen every band on this list except free and guess who, and that's a loss I live with ....
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Totally great band, one of the best! Rock on!
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FUNKHEAD, for life!!
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fidelperezda r i a s
I love this song!!!
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Grand Funk/Grand Funk....
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I saw Grand Funk Railroad last year at the Delaware State Fair. They were very good. I must be getting older, but most of the Audience was Older!! They brought with them Sons and Daughters to the Concert.
Bill W.
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kislingmac
I have a collector 8 track where they called themselves Mark, Don, and Mel. Awesome then too!
































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GFR was one of the best. Saw them in concert several times in the early 70's. The power trio format was very impressive, and the lp Phoenix where they added keyboards and jam with violin player Doug Kershaw was killer performance! ! ! ! Keep Rocking Boys!!! cc_union
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( " - " ) Rock
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When and where is the show? I love to see Mark again!!
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One of my favorites from the boys down & round-the corner.
Mark has a show coming up w/George Thorogood.
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Schwartz. Creeks finest being from Michigan I know
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When my older brother went off to Vietnam nam he left me 3 albums Black Sabbath ,Curtis mayfield,and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD ��
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Tfghhh
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My hometown boys!!! Love GFR!!!
The "Shea Stadium show" was legendary-br e a k i n g the Beatles previous ticket sale record!!
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I used to listen to them rehearse in 1966 across the street in Les Merrills parent's basement in Mt. Morris, Michigan before they made it big. Les was their drummer but got called to Vietnam so he missed out on the fame and fortune. Our windows would rattle from 75- 100 yards away when they were rockin' out. These guys belong in the R N R Hall of Fame.
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Funk head for life!!!!! "69" - "2016" till I die. THKS uncle BUD!!!!! PEACE!!!!!
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I loved Grand Funk in 1969 and still do in 2016.
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Damn its been a long winter !
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donja56
how I remember! Alright!
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The original band of the late 60's and 70s put out a hell of a lot of great music for only three musicians!
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I treat You RIGHT......S O M E KND....OF WONDERFUL... X X X X O O O O O O
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First heard this when Uncle Gary let us 'kids' play his lp's Love at first spin,
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First heard this when Uncle Gary let us 'kids' play his lp's Love at first spin,
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First heard this when Uncle Gary let us 'kids' play his lp's Love at first spin,
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One of the greatest american tríos ever these Guys rock
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The album "Mark, Don & Mel", a must have.
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Like they say- Got too much to Do before I die!! Allright!
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