Photograph by Lynn Goldsmith.
Don did some production work for some other bands for
a while. One of the groups he produced was called
The Godz. Don, Mel, and Craig formed a band called
Flint that produced one album on Columbia in 1978.
Mark formed the The Mark Farner Band and put out two
albums between 1977 and 1978. In 1981 Mark and Don
reformed Grand Funk with a new bass player -- Dennis
Bellinger -- to record the song
for the animated film
This resulted in a contract with Warner Brothers records
to produce two more Grand Funk Railroad albums.
Grand Funk Lives
was released in 1981 and
was released in 1982. Unfortunately, with no strong
hit single and no gold album, the band broke up again.
Mark went on to do some recording within the Christian
music industry. Both Don and Craig spent some time
touring and recording with Bob Seger. Mel decided to
follow some non-musical persuits.
Grand Funk has, over the years, done what few groups
before them and few groups after them have done. They
have proven the critics wrong and let the fans decide
for themselves what type of music they want to hear and
how they want to see it performed. Essentially
creating a new genre of music and performance, using
it to produce a string of eleven strong, powerful gold
records, Mark, Don, and Mel rolled onto the music scene
with their unique brand of "rock & roll soul." Grand
Funk Railroad was truly "an American band."
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