September 1973 – We’re an American Band by Grand Funk

September 1973 – a song popular in this month – We’re an American Band by Grand Funk

Sometimes they were known as either Grand Funk Railroad or GFR.

Interesting facts We’re an American Band & Grand Funk

The lyrics are about little things that were going on the road during the Phoenix tour. All of them are true. Don explains the line, “Up all night with Freddie King, I’ve got to tell you, poker’s his thing”

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. “There were four groupies in the lobby waiting to see the band,” he said. “‘Four young chiquitas’ sounded a lot better than ‘four young groupies’ or ‘four young girls.'”

Grand Funk was one of the best-selling bands of the ’70s, and this was their biggest hit. Critics were often very harsh, especially Rolling Stone magazine, but they had a huge fan base and got lots of radio play.

This was the first of two #1 singles by Grand Funk – the other was their remake of “The Loco-Motion” a year later.

Dismissed by critics and radio programmers, Grand Funk was able to sell over 20 million albums through constant touring. They frequently sold out stadiums and arenas.

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