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Grand Funk Railroad was considered one of the most popular American bands of the 1970's. It is also Homer Simpson's (of the Simpson's TV show) favorite band! Though, not a favorite of critics, Grand Funk Railroad was a consistent audience draw in the seventies and in 1971 bypassed the Beatles attendance records at Shea Stadium.

Grand Funk Railroad or Grand Funk as many fans call the band was founded in 1969 by Mark Farner and Don Brewer. Their garage based, hard, boogie, blues-rock sound was patterned in after the band, Cream, but as the band developed their own sound emerged. Grand Fund Railroad met with overwhelming commercial success after their first album, "On Time" was released.

Songs such as; "We're An American Band" "Closer to Home/ I'm Your Captain" and "Some Kind of Wonderful' became signature songs for Grand Funk Railroad and all three were named Legendary Michigan Songs.

The mid-seventies brought a great deal of dissent and discord between the members of Grand Funk Railroad. Their conflicts arose from a variety of issues, primarily lack of musical direction and burn out. In 1976, after fulfilling their contractual obligations to Capitol Records, they dissolved the band and went on to seek out individual careers.

In the decades since and into the 21^st century Grand Funk Railroad has reunited off and on. The original members Brewer and Farner are often in the line-up to provide that wonderful Grand Funk Railroad sound. Farner has launched a solo career of his own, and Brewer is the original Grand Funk member that has stayed with the band.

In 2005, Grand Funk Railroad was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. Even without critical acclaim from music critics, Grand Funk made their mark on the rock world of the seventies as an exciting and hard rock live performance band- and enjoyed immense commercial success at the same time!

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Grand Funk Railroad was considered one of the most popular American bands of the 1970's. It is also Homer Simpson's (of the Simpson's TV show) favorite band! Though, not a favorite of critics, Grand Funk Railroad was a consistent audience draw in the seventies and in 1971 bypassed the Beatles...

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