Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

On September 27, 1969, America formally started its love affair with the Michigan band who grew to become one of many greatest names in rock for years to come back. Grand Funk Railroad made their US chart debut, once they entered the Billboard Scorching 100 with “Time Machine.”

The Capitol single made its entrance two weeks forward of the album it got here from, On Time, which went on to be licensed gold. That was earlier than the group hit a run of 5 platinum albums in a row within the States, two of them double platinum. That first single, and the album have been overseen by the band’s manager-producer, fellow Michigan native Terry Knight. “Time Machine” was written, like the entire of the On Time document, by the band’s frontman and lead guitarist of the day, the much-revered Mark Farner.

A Grand and bluesy shuffle

The track, with its robust guitar intro and bluesy shuffle really feel, made its chart debut at No.91, in per week of 13 new entries (and one re-entry) to the Scorching 100, led by the fifth Dimension’s “Wedding ceremony Bell Blues” at No. 67. The Archies have been of their second week at No.1 that week with the bubblegum smash “Sugar Sugar.” The Grand Funk single climbed to No.83, then progressed 73-68-50-49 earlier than reaching its No.48 peak in early November.

Hearken to one of the best of Grand Funk Railroad on Apple Music and Spotify.

Two extra minor Scorching 100 entries adopted for Grand Funk in “Mr. Limousine Driver” and “Heartbreaker” earlier than the band had their first High 40 single within the US with the title monitor of their third album Nearer To Dwelling. They didn’t rating a High 20 hit till “We’re An American Band” went all the way in which to No.1 in 1973. However within the meantime, they’d been constructing an enormous fan bass with album gross sales and concert events that might assist Grand Funk turn out to be an actual legend of American rock.

Purchase or stream “Time Machine” on the album On Time.

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