Also known simply as Grand Funk, Grand Funk Railroad is a blues/hard rock project from Flint, MI that rose to fame in the 1970s. Formed in 1969, the band was almost immediately signed to Capitol Records after playing back-to-back performances at Atlanta Pop Festival and released its debut album On Time, later the same year. After ten more albums, including 1974's Shinin' On which featured the number one single "Loco-Motion," Grand Funk Railroad broke up from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1983 to 1986 after two relatively unsuccessful albums. The band's original trio of Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher reunited in the late 2000s to play a series of sold out shows, but the reunion was short lived as old issue resurfaced, causing Farner to leave the band for the last time. Grand Funk Railroad continues to perform its music with a new revamped line up.
Dwight Yoakam is a singer/songwriter, actor and director who is probably best known for his contributions to the country music genre. Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, Yoakam began to show a keen interest in music from an early age. After he briefly attended Ohio State University, he dropped out in the late 1970s to pursue a career making music. Yoakam moved to Nashville to try and achieve his dream of making a living as a musician, but after finding no luck, he packed up his bags and moved out west to Los Angeles. In California, Yoakam established himself and his unique style of "hillbilly music" helped the musician stand out among the myriad of other aspiring singer/songwriters in the Los Angeles region. He released his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc,, in 1986 and since then Yoakam has been a busy figure--getting involved in the movie business, but always managing to produce some forward-thinking and extremely memorable country music.
Starring in hit films such as Sister Act and Ghost, Whoopi Goldberg was one of the most prominent and endeared actresses throughout the 1990s. Raised in Manhattan, she started her career on Broadway in the early 1980s. While performing one night, her talents caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who quickly cast her in his upcoming film, The Color Purple, which would go on to receive 11 Academy Award nominations, including a "Best Actress" nod for Goldberg. Her many subsequent features and supporting roles over the years have helped her become a beloved dramatic and comedic star thanks to her sharp wit and no-nonsense personality. Though Goldberg's high-profile film career started to die down significantly in the early 2000s, she is still active on television, where she co-hosts The View, and occasionally performs stand-up comedy shows.
The incredible popularity of the Swedish-based pop music group ABBA in the 1970s led to the creation of ARRIVAL From Sweden in 1995 by Vicky Zetterberg. ARRIVAL is an ABBA show band that performs all of the ABBA hits with similar costumes worn by the original musicians attempting to bring audiences ever closer to the music ABBA . Led by two female singers, Vicky Zetterberg (Anni-Frid) and Jenny Gustafsson (Agnetha), ARRIVAL hopes to emulate the same passion and shine that ABBA's music once expressed in the 1970s.