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Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

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Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by matt1 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:23 am

Produce by the late Frank Zappa. (YEAH RIGHT) (audio only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzyPQEmgrMg



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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by CK-722 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:24 am

It's not often that you can connect the dots from William Shatner to Mark Farner, but in 1976, but not on the album of that name, came the Mellow AC #69 Hot 100 Ballad "Sally". Mark Farner had a relationship circa 1976 with actress Sally Kellerman, who appeared in the second pilot of the original "Star Trek" with later Priceline spokesman William Shatner. The song was written by Farner about Kellerman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBB9xedSNM0

It came at a time when Mark wanted to take the group to a Softer, more marketable Mass Appeal sound, according to his sister, Sue Farner. The rest of the group balked at the idea.


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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by matt1 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:08 pm

It was from 1975 "Born To Die".



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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by CK-722 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:40 pm

matt1 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:08 pm
It was from 1975 "Born To Die".
The single charted in 1976.


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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by matt1 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:28 pm

Also the song "Take Me" (from "Born To Die") also hit the Billboard Hot 100. The remake of The Contours 1964 song "Can You Do It?" (from "Good Singin', Good Playin'") went to # 46 (Hot 100).



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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by CK-722 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:12 pm

Like thousands of other popular songs, the lyrics are at least partly autobiographical, especially the line,

"Don't let them tell you that I'm not your kind.",

which rings true, as something Sally's Hollywood associates probably were telling Sally about Mark, along with an "heiress". who was once my neighbor in Flint, who was probably told the same thing about a classmate of mine. Because only bad boys like Mark come from Flint, right? :blink


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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by FET-500 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:07 am

matt1 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:23 am
Produce by the late Frank Zappa. (YEAH RIGHT)

Frank was, in fact producing several bands... I rock a GTO's t-shirt quite often. Zappa was vertically integrated after is problems with Warner Bros.; he could produce a finished master in his basement. Zappa's basement studio was one of the first PCM consoles in the U.S.

I'm pretty sure that Frank was doing most of the work prior to 1980, when he hired Mark Pinske - he was definitely recording and producing both his band and other talent.

The studio was known as the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen. I've never been there but my friends have... The "Thing-Fish" and I are close friends.

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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by CK-722 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:18 am

Just to get further off track from the thread theme, because it's always fun, Todd Rundgren produced Grand Funk Railroad for a while. And Todd Rundgren recorded some other acts at Mark Farner's "The Swamp" Studio in Parshallville, by the Grist Mill, just off US-23. It always sounds like the smaller studios are the most innovative and the most fun. Don't know if Zappa did any work at The Swamp. I told Sue that I thought the move to a softer sound was probably a good idea from a commercial standpoint. I think that was the time that Mark started doing CCM, because the rest of the band didn't agree with him, and they wanted to stay on the path to that hot Livingston County town hear Pinckney, not far from Parshallville.

I see now that Zappa did do some work in Parshallville. He was reportedly afraid to stay near Flint, so he stayed in Hartland. Like Fenton was too dangerous?


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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by FET-500 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:02 pm

CK-722 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:18 am


I see now that Zappa did do some work in Parshallville. He was reportedly afraid to stay near Flint, so he stayed in Hartland. Like Fenton was too dangerous?
Frank had family in Michigan, he probably knew Flint was a hell hole and hooked up with people he knew.



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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by CK-722 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:37 pm

FET-500 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:02 pm
CK-722 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:18 am


I see now that Zappa did do some work in Parshallville. He was reportedly afraid to stay near Flint, so he stayed in Hartland. Like Fenton was too dangerous?
Frank had family in Michigan, he probably knew Flint was a hell hole and hooked up with people he knew.
Because Detroit is SOOOO Safe? Fenton has two multistar Hotels.


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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by FET-500 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:00 pm

CK-722 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:37 pm
FET-500 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:02 pm
CK-722 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:18 am


I see now that Zappa did do some work in Parshallville. He was reportedly afraid to stay near Flint, so he stayed in Hartland. Like Fenton was too dangerous?
Frank had family in Michigan, he probably knew Flint was a hell hole and hooked up with people he knew.
Because Detroit is SOOOO Safe? Fenton has two multistar Hotels.
Who said anything about Detroit?



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Re: Grand Funk Railroad "1976"

Post by matt1 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:39 pm

This was the bonus track that did NOT make it to the 1976 album "Good Singin', "Good Playin'" because of record room, the song is "Rubberneck" which has Frank Zappa on vocals!! (audio only) which is a bonus track on compact disc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb0aNA0fBSs



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