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Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad performs during the Music Midtown 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia. 5/4/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

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Grand Funk Railroad: “We’re an American Band”

The Hook: Producer Todd Rundgren says he entered a situation that was just ripe for success.

Album: We’re an American Band

Year: 1973

Writer: Don Brewer

Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: When Grand Funk Railroad hired Todd Rundgren to produce the We’re an American Band album and then presented him with the title track, Rundgren says that all the elements were there to make it a success — and they did.

Grand Funk Railroad producer Todd Rundgren on what was needed to make “We’re an American Band” a success. OC:…right time. :20

”In the case of Grand Funk Railroad, I learned from experience with the band before the first recording that the problem with their records previously was not so much with the band, but with their producer, who knew nothing about producing records. So it was really fairly easy for me. It was the ideal situation for me, it happened at just the right time.”

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