Besides playing guitar and singing lead for Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Fredrick Farner, who was born in Flint, Michigan, was the main songwriter for most of their material. His best known composition is the 1970 epic "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)." "We're An American Band" reached #1 on the Hot 100 on Mark's 25th birthday.
The current Grand Funk Railroad lineup uses the nickname "The American Band," a reference to its 1973 hit "We're an American Band." This song, written by Don Brewer, was the band's first #1 single.
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In the late 1990s, Farner reunited with Grand Funk, but left after three years to resume his solo career. He currently tours with his band, N'rG, which plays a mixture of Grand Funk songs and Farner's solo offerings.
On the TV show, The Simpsons, Homer Simpson has said Grand Funk Railroad is his favorite band.