“We’re an American Band” became Grand Funk Railroad’s first #1 single on September 29, 1973, Mark Farner’s 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart...

“We’re an American Band” became Grand Funk Railroad’s first #1 single on September 29, 1973, Mark Farner’s 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk’s appeal. It was sung by Brewer rather than Farner, who usually took lead vocals.

Brewer’s lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, detailing the band’s recent tour and their energetic live performances. In the song, the band mentions playing poker with blues legend Freddie King and stopping to party with four groupies that sneak into their hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. The lyrics also mention “sweet sweet Connie”, which is a reference to legendary Little Rock groupie “Sweet” Connie Hamzy.

“Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act, She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact”

Hamzy claims her list of sexual conquests include members the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Bad Company, the Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, and the Doobie Brothers.  Her alleged groupie escapades were detailed in a Cosmopolitan profile in 1974, and in 1992 she wrote a tell-all article for Penthouse.

“We’re An American Band” was ranked 99th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

Robert Locke

Robert co-founded FayetteSound in 2016 and ShindigMusic! in the summer of 2017. He is a singer-songwriter/musician from the Arkansas delta, avid vinyl collector, aquarium aficionado and connoisseur of all things rock 'n' roll. He currently is lead vocalist for Los Angeles based band Farmikos and co-conspirator at The Record Exchange. "Do You Remember Laughter?"