Grand Funk Railroad released their single “We’re an American Band”, from the alb…

Posted from the web by on July 28, 2018


Grand Funk Railroad released their single “We’re an American Band”, from the album of the same name on July 28 (again some sources say July 16) 1973. The song was written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren. It was sung by Brewer rather than Mark Farner, who usually sang lead vocals.

According to rock critic/writer Dave Marsh in his book, “The Heart of Rock and Soul”, Grand Funk was touring with Humble Pie in early 1973, and one night, after a concert, the two groups were drinking in a bar when they began arguing over the merits of British versus American rock. Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer stood up and after bragging about American rock heroes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, proudly announced, “We’re an American band!”.

The next morning, Brewer wrote the song. On Sept. 29th, the song became GFR’s first #1 single. Sept. 29, 1973 was also Mark Farner’s 25th birthday.

Do you agree with us that this song is meant to be played LOUD!!!

Happy 45th Birthday to GFR’s “We’re an American Band”!!!




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