Pay Attention Boys & Girls

I came across an article today about Grand Funk Railroad, one of the great stadium acts of the 1970s.  There were lots of interesting facts about the band, most of which I never knew.

Here is the link: Grand Funk Railroad. The Forgotten Story of a true American band.

It’s hard to believe that a band who once sold out New York’s Shea Stadium faster than The Beatles, and who were also the first US rock band to have 10 platinum discs in a row, have now almost been erased from memory, their music consigned to the deletion bins of heavy metal history. …Peter Makowski

Pay attention boys and girls this IS what ROCK & ROLL looks like, this IS what ROCK & ROLL sounds like, this IS what ROCK & ROLL SMELLS LIKE AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE!!

Mark Farner, with his on-stage swagger, reminds me of the late, great Steve Mariott…. anyone else see that?

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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9 Responses to Pay Attention Boys & Girls

  1. petespringerauthor says:

    Great band and an amazing song! You have a lot of posts about music, and I suspect that you might have played in a rock band. Am I right? At age sixty-one, I’m just learning the acoustic guitar. Better late than never.

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    • Jim Borden says:

      I tried to teach myself the acoustic guitar about five years ago, and it did not go well. I gave up after a month or so. Like you, however, I may give it another try when I retire.

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    • Ray V. says:

      Thanks for the note. I’ve played in a few bands and none of them can be described as “ easy listening”. I just turned 60, started playing at age 9 and played our last gig in February of 2016. Learning any instrument is good, because no matter how alone you may feel, you always have a friend…. as in John Denver’s “This Old Guitar”. If you go to my old blog, “A simple Village Undertaker” and put in Living Like Larry or Chocolate Moose, you will see some stories about me and the boys.

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  2. Jim Borden says:

    I’m guilty, I had forgotten about this band. But I just went to YouTube and came across Some Kind of Wonderful and I’m Your Captain, both classics as well. Thanks for bringing them back!

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  3. gltff says:

    One of the great bands of the ’70’s. I owned several of their eight tracks and albums. As memory serves,Rolling Stone magazine absolutely hated them and this may explain why they have largely disappeared from memory. Sorry for the interruption but my 17 year old dachshund came in the room and announced she wanted to go outside right now. So, Grand Funk is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or ,as I refer to it – the Hall of Fame for bands who sold a lot of records that Rolling Stone Magazine liked. And I note you live in Aiken – I graduated from Augusta College long ago -had several friends from Aiken.

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    • Ray V. says:

      I agree with your observation. As far as Aiken, yes, we have lived there since 1999. The area continues to grow and the city population is close to 50k. It’s a tough year for Augusta with The Masters being canceled. That is devastating for the economy and the new, cyber command has really not had an impact yet. Thanks for reading.


      • gltff says:

        When I arrived in Augusta in 1973 – actually Martinez- it was a small town with a big golf tournament. We visited friends there two years ago and I was amazed at the change. I haven’t lived in the area since 1976.


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