Grand Funk Railroad (also known as Grand Funk) is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s. Grand Funk Railroad toured to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine said “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970’s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” A popular take on the band during its heyday was that, although the critics hated them, audiences loved them. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a railroad line that ran through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.
Originally a trio, the band was formed in 1969 by Mark Farner (guitar, vocals) and Don Brewer (drums, vocals) from Terry Knight and the Pack, and Mel Schacher (bass) from Question Mark & the Mysterians; Knight soon became the band’s manager. Knight named the band as a play on words for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a well-known rail line in Michigan. First achieving recognition at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, the band was signed by Capitol Records. After a raucous, well-received set on the first day of the festival, the group was asked back to play two additional days. Patterned after hard rock power trios such as Cream, the band, with Terry Knight’s marketing savvy, developed its own popular style. In 1969, the band released its first album titled On Time, which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record in 1970.
- Are You Ready – Texas Pop Festival 1969
- Mr. Limousine Driver/Please Don’t Worry – Playboy After Dark 1970
- Into the Sun/Paranoid – Weekend Rebellion 1970
- Inside Looking Out – Cincinnati, OH 1970
- 8mm Film 1973
- Footstompin’ Music – LA, CA 1975
- Rock N Roll Soul – LA, CA 1975
- Heartbreaker – LA, CA 1975
- Shinin’ On – LA, CA 1975
- Locomotin – LA, CA 1975
- We’re An American Band – LA, CA 1975
- Drum Solo – LA, CA 1975
- Inside Lookin’ Out – LA, CA 1975
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