Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Get Yer Funk Here

Today in Music History:

In 1974 Bob Dylan’s 'Planet Waves,' which reunites him with The Band as his backing group, is released. Dylan and The Band undertake a six-week, 40-date tour together.
Grand Funk RailroadMusic critics absolutely loathed Grand Funk Railroad and radio stations did not want their music played. Yet with constant touring, a loud take on the blues-rock power trio sound, and strong working-class appeal, Michigan's Mark Farner , Don Brewer and Mel Schacher became an early 70's powerhouse that radio finally couldn't ignore. Between 1969 and 1972 they put out 8 albums, five of them going platinum all without the benefit of radio. In June 1971, Grand Funk became only the second group (after the Beatles ) to sell out New York's Shea Stadium. In 1973, the group shortened its name officially to "Grand Funk", and added a fourth member, keyboard player Craig Frost. The name change due to having fired their manager and legal issues, blah blah. With the Todd Rundgren produced album "We're an American Band", radio gave up trying to dis Grand Funk and the title track soared to number 1.

Then in the mid 70's disco came around and pretty much killed Grand Funk. Frank Zappa produced their last great album in 1976 and Farner left the band to pursue a solo career. What I found intersting is that in 1988 Mark Farner scored a #2 gospel hit with the song "Isn't It Amazing". The band has reunited several times for various reasons through the years. If you were between the ages of 10 and 25 in the early seventies chances are you owned a Grand Funk album, probably several. How about a lesser known track from the classic We're an American Band album for your sampling pleasure.

Black Licorice by Grand Funk
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