Great Forgotten Songs #108 – Grand Funk Railroad “Walk Like a Man”

“Walk Like a Man” is a song written by Don Brewer and Mark Farner and performed by Grand Funk Railroad. It reached #16 in Canada and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. It was featured on their 1973 album, We’re an American Band.

The song and album were produced by Todd Rundgren. Rundgren recorded his own version of the song for his 2011 release, (re)Production, a compilation of re-recordings of songs he had produced for other bands.

Hear the song below:

We’re an American Band is the seventh studio album by Grand Funk Railroad. The album was released by Capitol Records on July 15, 1973 (see 1973 in music) and was certified gold by the RIAA a little over a month after its release.

Two singles were released from the album. The first single, “We’re an American Band”, was released on July 2, 1973 and the second, “Walk Like a Man”, was released on October 29, 1973. Both singles were sung by drummer Don Brewer. There is an addition to the band on this release – Craig Frost – who plays the organ, clavinet and Moog. Craig was credited as an additional musician on “Phoenix” which was released the previous year.

The album cover was originally covered in gold-colored foil on the outside, and the initial run of pressings were pressed in clear, dark yellow vinyl. The album has been reissued many times and is currently available in the Compact Disc format. A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available in the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format.

The album is #200 of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) Definitive 200 albums of all time.

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