Category: Community Published on Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:02 Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
At its sweat-dripping best, the legendary rock band Grand Funk emits a surging, elemental blast of hard rock heat. The top selling American rock group of the 70's generally acknowledged as one of the precursors to heavy metal, Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, a combination of soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies.
The fact that Grand Funk's legacy still looms large over the pop music landscape more than 30 years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Mich. is also a testament to the group's influence and staying power. Mega-hits "We're An American Band," "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home," "Locomotion," and "Some Kind Of Wonderful" still receive continuous airplay on classic rock radio.
Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles ("We're An American Band" and "Locomotion," both selling more than one million each). The group has 12 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.
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