• Craig Frost born April 20, 1948 in Flint, MI.
  • Don Brewer born September 3, 1948 in Swartz Creek, MI.
  • Mark Farner born September 29, 1948 in Flint, MI.
  • Dennis Bellinger born October 8, 1949
  • Mel Schacher born April 8, 1951 in Owasso, MI.
  • Don Brewer and Mark Farner play with various bands around Flint, Michigan including Terry Knight and The Pack.
  • Terry Knight and The Pack make the national charts with "I (Who Have Nothing)" which peaks at #46 on November 12, 1966.
  • 1968: Don Brewer and Mark Farner quit The Pack and recruit (question mark) ? and The Mysterians bass player Mel Schacher to form a "power trio" type band.
  • Terry Knight becomes the band's manager.
  • They decide on the name Grand Funk Railroad, which is taken from the Michigan landmark "Grand Trunk Western Railroad".
  • May: The band plays their first gig as a trio in Buffalo, NY.
  • July 4: The band gains "overnight" success after playing at the Atlanta Pop Festival before a crowd of 180,000.
  • July: Capitol Records signs the band almost immediately.
  • July: GFR release their first single "Time Machine", and it charts at #48.
  • GFR's first album On Time is released on August 25.
  • The album Grand Funk, AKA "The Red Album" is released December 29.
  • Closer To Home album is released June 15  and peaks at number 6 on the charts.
  • The band spends $100,000 on a block long billboard announcing the Closer To Home album in New York’s Times Square. A Union goes on strike and the billboard is left up for 3 months.
  • Grand Funk's Live Album is recorded in Florida that summer and released on November 26. It goes GOLD before it's released and hits number 5 on the charts within a month.
  • December 11, 18: Grand Funk sells out two shows at Madison Square Garden in 8 hours.
  • Grand Funk sells a total of around 10 million records during the year 1970, selling more records and tapes than any other band in the U.S.
  • January: Grand Funk sells out a show at London's Royal Albert Hall without having had a single record played on British radio.
  • April: The album Survival is released and sells a million copies on the day of release. It reaches #6 in the U.S. charts within 2 weeks and becomes the band's 5th GOLD album.
  • June: The group sets out for their first European tour perform a free concert for 100,000 at London's Hyde Park on July 3rd.
  • July 9: Grand Funk sell out New York's Shea Stadium in less than 72 hours, breaking the Beatles' record of 80 days.
  • November: E Pluribus Funk is released with over one million advanced sells. It hits #5 in the charts within one month and stayed on the charts for 30 weeks.
  • March: Terry Knight is released from his duties as the band's manager and record producer.
  • April: The double album Mark, Don & Mel 1969-71 is released to fulfill the contractual agreement the band had with Capitol Records. The album peaks at #17 and goes GOLD.
  • September: Phoenix is released and is the band's first album that they produce themselves. It reaches #7 in the charts and initially sells over 900,000 copies. Keyboardist Craig Frost plays extensively on the album.
  • December 23: Grand Funk end their 1972 tour with a benefit show at Madison Square Garden. The proceeds go to a drug rehab center called "The Phoenix House." ABC also films the show for their In Concert series.
  • July 1973: Todd Rundgren produces the album We're An American Band. It reaches #2 on the U.S. charts, the band's highest chart position up to that time.
  • August 1973: The single "We're An American Band" becomes the band's first number one hit. The album and the single both go GOLD.
  • March 1974: Shinin' On album is released and hits the charts at #5 and is the band's 10th GOLD album.
  • March 9, 1974: A Carol King cover "The Loco-Motion" becomes the band's second number one single. It also goes GOLD.
  • June 1, 1974: The San Diego concert is filmed and later released as a video and laser disk in Japan.
  • July 1974: The single "Shinin' On" reaches #11 on the charts.
  • December 1974: The album All The Girls In The World Beware is released and hits #10 on the charts.
  • The RIAA creates their PLATINUM award which signifies one million copies sold. GFR is awarded PLATINUM awards for their previous 10 releases.
  • December 1974: Another cover tune "Some Kind Of Wonderful" reaches #3 on the charts.
  • March 1975: "Bad Time" becomes the second hit single from the album and peaks at #4.
  • GFR's second live album Caught In The Act is recorded on their 1975 tour and released August 1975.
  • The band starts recording an album to fulfill their contract with Capitol Records. They decide to take some time off.
  • January: Born To Die album is released and is intended to be GFR's last album. It charts at #47.
  • Summer: The band reunites to record one last album in order to work with Frank Zappa.
  • August: The Frank Zappa produced Good Singin' Good Playin' is released.
  • October: GFR disbands.
  • Mark Farner releases 2 solo albums.
  • Mel, Don and Craig record two albums under the band name "Flint".
  • "Flint" disbands.
  • Craig Frost joins Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band.
  • Mark, Don and Mel discuss reforming GFR. Mel goes into rehearsal with Mark and Don but decides not to record or tour for personal reasons.
  • Local Flint musician Dennis Bellinger is brought in to replace Mel on bass.
  • The song "Queen Bee" is recorded for the animated classic "Heavy Metal" soundtrack.
  • July 1981: The album Grand Funk Lives is released.
  • Mark, Don and Dennis tour throughout 1981-1982 and sell out shows in Japan and South America.
  • January 1983: What's Funk? album is released.
  • GFR disband again.
  • Don joins Bob Seger's Silver Bullet band for several tours and plays with various musicians including Pat Travers.
  • Mark records several Christian albums and continues a career in the Contemporary Christian Music genre.
  • Mel opens a Record Shop, restores Jaguar cars and goes into construction building custom homes.
  • 1995: Mark is asked to play with ex-Beatle Ringo Starr's "All Starr Band".
  • 1996: Mark, Don and Mel discuss the possiblity of a reunion. They meet at a hunting lodge for a preliminary reheasal.
  • May 1996 to July 1996: GFR reunite and perform before 260,000 people at 14 sold out shows.
  • The band hires Ringo Starr promoter David Fishof as their manager.
  • January 1997 - The band plan 3 shows in Detroit, New York and Los Angeles to benefit and bring awareness to orphans in the war torn country of Bosnia.
  • April - Novemeber 1997: The band play 30+ shows in the U.S. and Japan with added sideman Howard Eddy Jr.
  • April 20, 1997: Audio is recorded at the Detroit (Auburn Hills) show which will later be released as the live album Bosnia.
  • April 11, 1997: GFR perform on "Good Morning America".
  • May 2, 1997: GFR perform on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
  • October 1997: The double live album Bosnia is released as a box CD set. The proceeds are to go to the Bosnia Relief Effort.
  • January 1998: The band switch management teams and hire Bobby Roberts and Jim Della Croce as co-managers.
  • April 29, 1998: The band performs at Cleveland's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame museum and donate articles for a display to be created at a future date.
  • The band play a 65+ show tour throughout 1998 and is listed as one of the top 10 grossing tours of 1998.
  • Mark pursues a solo career and goes on tour.
  • January: The Frank Zappa produced album Good Singin' Good Playin' is remastered and reissued on CD.
  • March: VH-1 debuts a "Behind The Music" special on Grand Funk Railroad.
  • June: The Thirty Years Of Funk 1969-1999 Anthology is released by Capitol Records. The 3 CD box set contains previously unreleased outtakes and 3 new songs recorded in 1997 by Mark, Don and Mel. All songs were digitally remastered.




















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