This is part one of a 12 part series on Grand Funk/Grand Funk Railway featuring our exclusive interviews with drummer and singer Don Brewer and former lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner.
Three rockers from Flint, Michigan who would with at least 6 gold and as many Platinum albums..some went multi-platinum. Nine Top 40 Hits, four in the Top 10.
They say write what you know. Lots of the biggest hits in Rock and Roll history are based on true stories like Grand Funk’s 1975 #4 hits “Bad Time.” (Clip MF005)
There’s been a lot of talk about artists with their farewell tours and even more talk on the rockers that we are losing. Farner says he has no plans on retiring. If fans keep coming he’ll keep doing it, (Clip MF007)
Mark Farner will be 70 in September. He was only 20 when Grand Funk were in the studio recording their debut album, “On Time” in 1968. It would be released the following year. He’s had quite a life. What does he want to do with the rest of his life? (Clip MF009)
We will have part 2 of our interview with Mark Farner who is famous as the original lead singer of most of the hits from Grand Funk next Saturday. Also coming up our exclusive interview with another original member of Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer. – by John Beaudin
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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