‘Footstompin’ Music’ by Grand Funk Railroad – Classic Hit or Miss
The band was formed in 1969 by Mark Farner and Don Brewer from Terry Knight and the Pack and Mel Schacher from Question Mark & the Mysterians; Knight soon became the band’s manager. Knight named the band after the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a well-known rail line in Michigan.
First achieving recognition at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, the band was signed by Capitol Records. After a raucous, well-received set on the first day of the festival, the group was asked back to play two additional days. Patterned after hard rock power trios such as Cream, the band, with Terry Knight’s marketing savvy, developed its own popular style. In 1970, they sold more albums than any other American band and became a major concert attraction. In 1969, the band released its first album titled Grand Funk Railroad, which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record in 1970. In the same year, a second album, Grand Funk (aka “The Red Album”), was awarded gold status. The hit single “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)”, from the album Closer to Home, also released in 1970, was considered stylistically representative of Terry Knight and the Pack’s recordings. The band spent $100,000 on a New York Times Square billboard to advertise Closer to Home. By 1971, Grand Funk broke The Beatles’ Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours. [SOURCE]
This song hit #29 in 1971, how about today?