Grand Funk Railroad Plays the Rock & Romance Cruise, March 25 and 26

The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad is headlining Time-Life’s ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise this March 25 and 26. The Cruise takes Rock & Romance to new heights when it sails through the Caribbean aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity. Other Superstars on the Cruise include Foreigner, WAR, Orleans, Leo Sayer, Gino Vanelli, and bands Queen Nation, Exile, Firefall, Little River Band and former members of ELO. Hosting this amazing lineup of talent is Peter Asher plus radio hosts Delilah and Joe Johnson and more.

“The amount of star power we have is overwhelming,” says Alan Rubens, executive producer of the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise.  “It reflects our dedication to creating the ultimate nostalgic experience for everyone who fell in love to – and with – the music of that era. It’s a truly special cruise with a close-knit community of fans.”

For further information on the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise, please call 844-466-7625 or visit (The 2020 Cruise will be announced March 5, also, at

 Grand Funk Railroad is available for interviews with the media in advance; please call Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183.

Grand Funk Railroad formed in Flint Michigan in 1969. 2019 marks the groups 50th Anniversary and the band is celebrating with a 50 YEARS OF FUNK TOUR! The current lineup features original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the hit, “We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are true “ALL-STARS”– Max Carl (38 Special, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, Max Carl and Big Dance), lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (12 years with KISS and credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier), and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger and Robert Palmer).

Together, Brewer and Schacher have created a dynamic and multi-talented five piece band that not only carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits, but also creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. This new chapter in the band’s biography is being written daily.  Both seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans–discovering the group for the first time will see and hear firsthand that Grand Funk Railroad is roaring down the tracks.

“We’re Comin’ To Your Town, We’ll Help You Party It Down, 


Grand Funk Railroad Meets John Ellison, Songwriter of their hit “Some Kind of Wonderful”

From Left to Right
Stanley Sheldon (Peter Frampton’s band filling in for bassist Mel Schacher), guitarist Bruce Kulick, vocalist Max Carl, John Ellison, drummer Don Brewer, keyboardist Tim Cashion.
Grand Funk Railroad has some pretty amazing fans. One of them is songwriter John Ellison, who wrote “Some Kind of Wonderful” for his 1960s soul band, The Six Soul Brothers. “Some Kind” was recorded by Grand Funk Railroad and over 60 different musicians including Huey Lewis, Joss Stone, Edwin McCain, and a duet by Buddy Guy & Paul Rodgers.
The Rochester-based songwriter John Ellison came to the Grand Funk show, on February 1, 2018, show at Del Lago Casino, Waterloo, NY.
The band introduced him to the SOLD OUT crowd and he received a standing ovation.
Backstage, after the show, John told them he started writing the song in his hometown of Rochester and finished when he and Soul Brothers arrived at the recording studio in Philadelphia in the year 1965.
“It was 4 in the morning, and she was hanging in my arms, and I thought, ‘Damn, she is some kind of morning. She packed a bag of lunch. We were broke, and I thought, ‘I don’t need a whole lot of money…’” and the other lyrics. A local radio personality heard them rehearsing the song, and networked the recording they made that night to Atlantic Records, who offered to release the song.
The band and Ellison’s wife asked him if he remembers “the girl,” and he says that he doesn’t. Then he reminded his wife that they have a home because of the song!

Says Grand Funk Railroad’s lead singer, “John is a charismatic and sweet, funny man that is a joy to spend time with. And it was great to see Don light up while telling his story of his amazing tune. It’s always been one of my favorites and I’ve sung it many times over the years.” 

Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind of Wonderful”

John Ellison & Soul Brothers Six: