Grand Funk Railroad , often shortened Grand Funk , is an American rock band from Flint, Michigan. formed in 1968 by Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher.
The group's name comes from the company Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a railway line that runs through their hometown, Flint, Michigan. The trio released a first album in 1969, On Time, which earned them a golden record.
They released a second album, later the same year (1969), Grand Funk also known as The Red Album, which contains a cover of Animals, Inside Looking Out. In 1970, the group released the album Closer to Home which will rank 5> in the American ranking and contains the song I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home), which lasts more than nine minutes and is an exception in the usual material of Great Funk. The use of an orchestra of strings for the second part differentiates it completely from their usual music. Between 1969 and 1972, five of their eight albums are certified platinum>.
In 1971, the album Survival appeared, which included the resumption of a Traffic song, Feelin 'Allright, and another of the Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter. Then spell E Pluribus Funk where the group asserts its particular style focused on the powerful voice of Mark Farner, which is one of the hallmarks of Grand Funk on the fast-growing hard rock scene. With Phoenix, the style changes somewhat, moving away from hard rock to more rock FM, keyboardist Craig Frost joins the trio, and the album also welcomes violinist Doug Kershaw as guest.