In the beginning...
Mark Farner is the songwriter, the guitarist and the unmistakable voice that powered Grand Funk Railroad to 12 platinum and 15 gold albums.
A true rock'n roll legend, Mark Farner found fame and success at 20 years of age as the leader of one of America's biggest bands, Grand Funk Railroad. The band recorded 17 albums with total sales of more than 25 million records, and toured the world, which isn't bad for a guy who only had three formal guitar lessons.
Putting various bands together, Mark played the usual dates a teenage band would play - high school dances, VFW halls, wedding receptions and the like. Upon leaving high school, Mark turned professional, working with Terry Knight and the Pack, The Bossmen (with Dick Wagner), back to Terry Knight and the Pack, then just The Pack (this time with no Terry Knight, but with drummer Don Brewer). In 1969, Mel Schacher, who had been a member of Question Mark and the Mysterians, was invited to jam Mark and Don,and Grand Funk Railroad - one of the first American power trios - was born.
Then came the Atlanta International Pop Festival in July 1969. The only unsigned act on the show, Grand Funk Railroad played before 180,000 people in 110-degree heat and the acclaim was instantaneous. Following their Atlanta appearance, the band was signed by Capitol Records and their tirst album On Time, was recorded and released within four months.
The saga of Grand Funk Railroad is well documented. The albums included such titles as Grand Funk Railroad, Survival. Live Album, Closer To Home, E Pluribus Funk, Phoenix, Good Singin'Good Playin'. and All The GirIs In The World Beware, among others. The hit singles included "I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)," "Foot-Stompin' Music," "Loco-motion," "Mean Mistreater," "Bad Time" and "Same Kind Of Wonderful," plus many more.
In 1971 they set the attendance record at New York's Shea Stadium for a concert, surpassing the record set by The Beatles in 1966, and a record that still stands today, some 17 years later.
In early 1977, Grand Funk Railroad called it quits, and after taking a year or so off, Mark Farner signed a solo deal with Atlantic Records and issued two critically acclaimed albums: "MarkFamer "and "No Frills". In 1981, a reunited Grand Funk recorded a new album, "Grand Funk Lives" for Full Moon/Warner Bros. Records, and a second album, "What' s Funk", shipped in 1982.
In 1995, Mark toured with Ringo Starr's All-Star Band with Ringo introducing him night after night as "Mr. Grand Funk, Mark Farner!" He then toured with The Northwest Airlines All-Stars in 1996 before reuniting with Don Brewer and Mel Schacher to record their Bosnia album for Capitol-EMI. GrandFunk Railroad toured in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and was named to Pollstar's Top 100 Tours of 1998. VH-1's "Behind The Music" on Grand Funk Railroad aired throughout 1999, as well as the Grand Funk Railroad Anthology released on Capitol Records in May 1999.
- Long revered and acknowledged as a primary force in popularizing the American power trio, Mark Farner reemerges with both guns blazing and perhaps his most defining album of his solo career,"For The Peoole".
FROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF KIM HAGEMANN (Denmark)
MARK FARNER´S HOROSCOPE (appr.1973)
Strong drives.Wants to succeed and has the will and power to do it. Outgoing, forceful, athletic, a lot of sexual energy. Much more sensitive and more shy than he wants the world to know. Creative, dreamy at times. Great benefits through his work. Searching for the security of lasting love
FROM KIM HAGEMANNS SCRAPBOOK
MARK: "How to become a Grand Funk groupie" (1974)
1.You have to like our music
2.You have to be attractive, but not overdone
3.You must not have teased hair or wear strawberry perfume
4.You should have clean teeth
5.You should be sympathetic and affectionate
6.You have to be clever and resourceful - we´re not easy to get to...
7.You should be by yourself, and not with a pack. It´s sexy to be alone
8.You shold be able to stay out all night without getting nervous
9.You should decide beforehand which one of us you´d like to be with
10.You shold be responsible and mature enough so that you have ONLY plesant memories of the time we spent together - and nothing more complicated or burdensome.
Hope you know what I mean.
FOOD: Chicken Paprika and Egg Foo Yung
DESERT: Homemade rhubarb knobbles
HOBBY: Making airplanes
SPORT: Fishing and football
TV SHOW: Mission Impossible
MOVIE: Old Yeller
ACTOR: Marlon Brando
ACTRESS: Doris Day
CLOTHES: My woods´shirt,hiking boots and Levi´s
IDEAL VACATION SPOT: the moon
SONG: Are you ready to learn by Barbara Mason
MALE SINGER: Howard Tate and Stevie Wonder
FEMALE SINGER: Aretha Franklin
PLACE FOR A DATE WITH A GIRL: the woods
WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU COULDN`T BE A MUSICIAN: Disappointed
ANY SECRET MESSAGES FOR SPEC READERS:
Always remember that the good times are better than the bad times are bad!
FROM KIM HAGEMANNS SCRAPBOOK
Photo set: Dave Powell, Omaha, Nebraska, USA 1997
NAME: Mark Fredrick Farner
HAIR: Light brown
ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
BIRTHDATE: September 29, 1948
BIRTHPLACE: Flint, Michigan USA
INSTRUMENTS: Guitar, Keyboard & Harmonica
BEST SURPRISE: Waking up after I fell out of a tree
MOST EXCITING MOMENT: 1st ATLANTA Pop Festival 1969
LIKES: Girls and performing
DISLIKES: Violent people and pollution
FAMILY: Three sisters and two brothers
BEST SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Band and gym
PETS: Doberman (named Tish), eight cats and ten horses