Make sure you check out our merchandise store for Rock History Music sweatshirts, T-shirts, mugs and more and thanks for the support. We Chatted About It With Him. Howard explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message. Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farner sang most of their songs, but Don was the lead vocal on songs like "Shinin' On," "Walk Like A Man" and "Gimme Shelter." "Mr. Tambourine Man" is the only song Bob Dylan wrote that became a #1 hit on the Hot 100. Go to or get the links in the description of this video. Prior to that song, they were just another hard-working Michigan hard rock outfit, but they truly found their voice with that song. I was surprised when I asked Don Brewer About it. To Follow John Beaudin’s posts on all subjects, To Follow John’s “Rock News” only posts FACEBOOK, John Beaudin Official Website, TWITTER for Rock History Music Read or print original We're An American Band lyrics 2020 updated! A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs, This was written by Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer. (Clip MF0014B), There was a version of “We’re An American Band” done by Canadian Nash the Slash simply titled “American Band.”..It’s easy to assume that anybody who sings a #1 hit would know the covers that are out there. Nobody can just sit down and say, 'I'm going to write a song like this and it's going to be a major hit.' Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. Virgin vinyl, where you can see though it, if there were impurities and stuff there would be specks all through it, so they didn't like doing that, but we went to them and said, 'Look, we want to make a special statement,' so they agreed to print 100,000 units of both the single and the album on virgin gold vinyl to go along with the gold record situation we had going - we had about six gold records prior to that, and it was like, 'Let's give everybody a gold record.' In the first pressing, all the copies of the 45 RPM records were pressed on gold vinyl. He and Mark shared vocals on "Some Kind Of Wonderful. 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We’re an American band … Brewer stood up, recited a list of American rock idols like Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, and then asserted, “We’re an American band!” Sensing a song in what he said, Marsh recounts, Brewer wrote it the next morning. "Zombie" by The Cranberries is about an IRA bombing in England that killed two children. He changed the words a bit -- "We'll travel to your town/We'll take your panties down" -- but the song and spirit remained the same. The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000. Really, the verses about groupies, one-night stands, and life on the road were just a vehicle, just a way to groove along until they hit the chorus where the entire audience could dance and shout along. Long before Eminem, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj created alternate personas, David Bowie, Bono, Joni Mitchell and even Hank Williams took on characters. "There were four groupies in the lobby waiting to see the band," he said. The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender.". The line, "Sweet Sweet Connie was doing her act" is about Connie Hamzy, a famous groupie known as "Sweet Connie." They just either have it, or they don't, and that one just had it. Mark Farner & Don Brewer – We’re An American Band – Two Different Views. Brewer's lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, detailing the band's recent tour and their energetic live performances. There's nothing ironic about the song, which may be why it earned legions of detractors who thought it was one of the dumbest examples of '70s album rock, but that's kind of the point. Trailer Tracks: 18 Classic Southern Rock Anthems. According to Hamzy, she didn't have "the whole band," as stated in the lyrics, but she came pretty close - Mark Farner was a holdout. It was covered by Eric Church, The New Duncan Imperials, Bugs Henderson and The Shuffle Kings, Ghost of War and other artists. It was big, dumb, fun rock & roll, and all the Grand Funk wanted to do with it was have it be a soundtrack to a party. 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). Out on the road for forty days / Last night in Little Rock, put me He has played on albums by Joan Jett, Cheap Trick and Hall & Oates, and had success as … He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio. The band says it can mean whatever you'd like it to. And that's what it was, not just in 1973, but all through that decade, the '80s, and the '90s when fellow Michigander Kid Rock revived the tune. It was also their first single as Grand Funk, rather than Grand Funk Railroad. To a certain extent, that's because they worked with Todd Rundgren, a producer who made them sound as powerful as a locomotive, but it's also because they wrote a song that was a genuine, bona fide rock & roll anthem. Brewer sang lead on this. We asked both Mark and Don on the making of “We’re An American Band.” Here are two different versions of the same song. Says Brewer: "That was Capitol's idea. They were rare, and they still go for a pretty good buck with collectors.". You could see through it. ", Brewer: "From the time when I brought the song in and we worked up an arrangement to it and we got it recorded, the song just had a life of its own after that. Really, they just put their story to music -- "We're an American band/We'll travel to your town/We'll help you party down" -- but that's fine, because it had a monster hook and a killer chorus. Official Site of Broadcaster and Music Journalist John Beaudin, Mark Farner & Don Brewer – We’re An American Band – Two Different Views. Grand Funk was never even nominated for a Grammy Award, but Kid Rock paid tribute to the band when he played some of this song during his performance at the 2000 ceremony. "Stop Your Sobbing" was first recorded by The Kinks in 1964. (Clip DB017), We will have more of our exclusive conversations with Don Brewer and Mark Farner next week. – by John Beaudin, HELP SUPPORT ROCK HISTORY MUSIC..CHECK OUT OUR STORE FOR T-SHIRTS, MUGS ETC, 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. In, The lyrics are about little things that were going on on the road during the, Regarding the line, "four young chiquitas in Omaha," Don Brewer told us that it came from a situation where they checked into a hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. The song We're an American Band was written by Don Brewer and was first released by Grand Funk in 1973. We also asked former lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner about the making of the tune.

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