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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

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.

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: 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

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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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ROCKIIN SONG
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Put the C in classic. Pure class!!!
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rhoadez72
Wish they had the red album
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johnsullivan 4 3
I was surprised to learn just how heavy those first two albums are. Great stuff!
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GFR's 1969 Red Album is a definite Desert Island 20 candidate!!! !
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IBDCAPTAIN sorry to disagree but Grand Funk formed in 1968 in Michigan first LP came out in 69 ZZ TOP first LP came out in 71
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Who is grand funk railroad?...
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saw them in the summer of 1970 and they were part of the Movement'' and we as ''planet savers'' loved their music!!! My have times changed,God knows what it would of been like if we had cell phones..ipod s and face Book?? there would have been no need for ''big parties'' like Woodstock --I thank God that I was allowed to experience'' that time ............ . . . . . .
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jcriner32
Fist concert at 14-LOVED it in Indianapolis ! ! !
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shannonsmith n o k c 4
I'd love their music
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First saw Grand Funk at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh
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mark should have kill don for that contract he wrote up thats why you dont see mark play-in with them anymore
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My favorite of all time!!!!! Not just saying, I'm a FUNKHEAD for life!!!!! THKS to my uncle. & my Dad keeping the record. Rest is history. Caught in the act. Love it!!!!! Word for word, & all the instruments.
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wildwally
No way! While Todd was an all around talent he only polished the sound, the songs are what mattered and GFR rocked on!! Most critically unappreciate d band of all time. Funny thing about that the are my fav all time!
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Guess it all really doesn't matter...we are privileged to have them both in our lives!
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ZZ Top - Salt Lick (1969)
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ZZ Top /ˈziːziːtɒp/ is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. Wikipedia





Origin: Houston, TX (1969)
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Aubrey Albright...c l o s e but ZZ TOP came 1st!
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mark should have kill don for that contract he wrote up thats why you dont see mark play-in with them anymore
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AWESOME BAND ❤❤❤❤❤
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Always loved their slammin energentic approach...
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FUNKHEAD for life
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dinogongola
if that don't get ya goin----yer already dead!!!
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dinogongola
highest energy song ever-----FOO T S T O M P I N ' MUSIC
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I still love GFR after all these year! When I was a teen I owned all their albums, on vinyl, of course. Greatest 3 man band of the time!!!
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1st great American trío Grand Funk Railroad rocks
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Inside Looking Out is one of the tunes I never ever get tired of. Mild GFR fans gotta get a taste
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frank6580
e pluribus Funk was the first album I ever bought. One of the best Rock Bands period!
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what about mark don mel album
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What memories!!! Thanks GFR
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The song, we're an American Band always gets me in the mood.
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I'm very privileged to live in the same "hood" with these guys! Still see Mark & Mel around when they're not crazy busy. Phenomenal guys-all of them! Tons of great music!! Don't get stuck on just the couple you always hear on the radio....you have to hear the "albums"!
Re-discover some unbelievable music!!
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Wrong, GFR 1st great 3 man band!!!!! .........
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frankandkim1
saw them at Fillmore West in the 1971 in a venue that held about held about 300 people at the most and there was at least 600 people jammed in their and they were on a wooden stage about 4 feet off the ground. I stood in front and center the entire concert and rocked out, blasted to the gills. Not one punch was thrown, I was never pushed and everyone around me was happy passion joints like crazy the lake 60s and early 70s rocked just before crack hit the scene and messed up everything
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Tell everybody you knowowow, you got some rock n roll soul...
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Grand Funk 1969 ZZ Top 1971
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I would say Z Z Top was the first !!
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darrellmoral e s 6 8 2 0
Can't forget about Grand Gunk
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The 1st Great American rock trio
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I must be trippin again when I Drive my boat im your captain my favorite
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I like drive my boat im your captain
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Grand funk forever!!! Along with all the others that I've tripped off of in the 70's
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I defiitely rocked to them in the sxties! Love em!
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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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