Click on the link here for Audio Player: Grand Funk Railroad 1974 San Diego CA
I know – A lot of people will look at the headline and remark; “oh, Homer Simpson’s favorite band”. But truths to tell, Grand Funk Railroad (or Grand Funk as they were known for a while) were one of the biggest, if not the biggest American band to grace the early 1970s and everybody knew who they were.
In a word, they were huge. But what’s interesting about them, and their phenomenon, was that their popularity stemmed largely from exposure via FM “underground” radio and word-of-mouth. They had no top-40 hits, and weren’t played on AM radio at all until their 1974 single “We’re An American Band” was released – and that was the icing on the cake, not to mention a major game-changer for the fortunes of radio. Top-40 AM radio was rapidly becoming a thing of the past. FM with it’s freeform and relaxed policy toward song length, was a perfect avenue of exposure for a band like Grand Funk. And the marketing strategy paid off handsomely. But prior to that, and their personnel, producer and direction change in 1974, they were a wildly popular and successful three-piece/head-banging garage band – after 1974 their popularity only increased.
So this weekend, I’m posting a concert from 1974 – an appearance in San Diego to one of many sold-out concerts.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Grand Funk Railroad – 1974
1. Footstompin’ Music
2. Rock n’ Roll Soul
4. Shinin’ On
5. The Locomotion
6. We’re An American Band
Well, maybe not The Everly Brothers, but certainly another page in the history books of American Rock n’ Roll.
And the beat goes on . . .