#6 – INTERVIEW Grand Funk’s Mess With Manager Terry Knight

When fans talk about managers who were screwed by their clients the names Grand Funk and Terry Knight often comes up. In the early 70’s after a string of hit albums the power trio wondered where all the money was going. Knight was also their producer and he did lots for this band but the boys in the group were not exactly getting rich. After lawsuits from both sides everything was settles by 1974.

I asked original lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner, knowing what he knows what would he whisper in the ear of his younger self recording that first album, “On Time” in 1969. (Clip MF001)

I also asked Farner was there a specific time that you knew there was something wrong concerning Terry Knight? (Clip MF004)

After Terry Knight severed ties with Grand Funk Railroad they actually became a bigger band. Drummer Don Brewer said that felt great. (Clip DB013)

Grand Funk’s first album without Terry Knight was called, “Phoenix” from 1972. I asked Don Brewer what that was like? (Clip DB004)

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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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