Grand Funk Railroad is considered one of the most successful rock groups of the 1970s. Their unique blues-rock sound and appeal to the average Joe has gained them notoriety for the five men hailing from the Midwest.
The group was initially founded in 1968 in Flint, MI by then guitarist and songwriter Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer who used to be part of band called Terry Knight & the Pack. Growing up in a state heavily influenced by R&B music by Motown Records, Grand Funk Railroad helped break ground for Rock N’ Roll music using the state’s soul roots in the Midwest by making a sound relatable to the working class in their region, and later, America.
Knight then retired to become their manager, and the band renamed themselves “Grand Funk Railroad,” a play on their home state’s Grand Truck Railroad.
After giving their first performance at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival for free, they would later sign a record deal with Capitol Records and release their first album in August of that year, On Time.
Since then, rock group from the Great Lakes State has released thirteen studio albums, four live albums and nine compilation albums. The group has sold over eight million records across the globe.
Grand Funk Railroad has been household name for rock fans for over forty years. They have influenced a whole generation or rock artists and bands through their innovative style and substance.
They have performed in Cleveland in the 70s at the Public Auditorium and Public Hall. Recently they performed in 2010 at Quicken Loans Arena.\
Presently, the group consists of Brewer, vocalist Max Carl, guitarist Bruce Kulick, bass guitarist Mel Schacher and keyboardist Tim Cashion.
Grand Funk Railroad’s Founding Members:
Mark Farner – guitars, lead vocals, keyboard, harmonica
Craig Frost – keyboards, backing vocals
Don Brewer– drums and lead vocals
Mel Schacher – bass guitar
Grand Funk Railroad’s Greatest Hits:
“We’re an American Band”
“Walk Like a Man”
“Some Kind of Wonderful”
“Rock & Roll Soul”
“I’m Your Captain”
“Inside Looking Out”