Grand Funk Railroad was another one of those fantastic power trios I became so fascinated with over the years. Like Rush, ZZ Top, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, or The Police; just a guitar, bass, and drums. But when a power trio is excellent, that is all you need!
Of course, they would occasionally bring other musicians as needed for specific compositions.
The band, formed by Mark Farner (guitar, vocals), Don Brewer (drums, vocals), and Mel Schacher (bass), were very popular in the 1970s. The first Grand Funk album I purchased was Grand Funk Railroad / Caught In The Act. It was a great album containing most of my favorites.
I’m Your Captain (Shea Stadium, 1971)
Grand Funk Railroad put out a lot of really great music over their years. And, they lasted for a very long time. I saw Grand Funk Railroad on July 1, 2007, at the Dick Clark American Bandstand in Pigeon Forge, TN. While unfortunately, it was not the original line-up or even still a power trio, the music was still awesome.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1975)
Now I ask you! What is there not to like about that? But my very favorite song by Grand Funk Railroad has always been this one. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out why.
We’re An American Band (Live at the Forum Los Angeles, 1974)
Then there was this one. It was just plain fun. Absolutely everyone was doing The Locomotion!
The Locomotion (Who the heck knows!)
I guess the cool thing for me was that this was An American Band that could really put out some Footstompin’ Music!
Footstompin’ Music (Live, 1970s)
And for me, that was really hard to beat!
And here is a little fun trivia fact for all you Rock History buffs out there. It took The Beatles several weeks to sell out Shea Stadium. It took Grand Funk Railroad just 72 hours!