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This was originally recorded in 1967 by an R&B group called the Soul Brothers Six. Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer got the idea to record it: "We all grew up in Flint, Michigan. We used to listen to a station called WAMM, which was a black station in Flint. We all grew up on R&B, Gospel and Soul music, and they used to play the Soul Brothers Six version of that song all the time on WAMM radio in the '60s. When we were traveling around the country, I used to start singing that song in the back of the car a cappella, and everybody would just kind of jump in and sing along with me - 'I don't need a whole lots of money, I don't need a big fine car.' We'd kind of shear off on the choruses and stuff, and our manager said, 'That's a great song, why don't you record it,' so we recorded the song and it became a huge hit."
The line, "Can I get a witness" has two sources: Christian revivals and a Marvin Gaye song ("Can I Get a Witness?"). (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
Brewer and Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farner shared vocals on this.
This was one of many successful cover songs by Grand Funk. The year before, they had a #1 hit with "The Locomotion," which was originally recorded in 1962.
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.
Leslie West of Mountain
From the cowbell on "Mississippi Queen" to recording with The Who when they got the wrong Felix, stories from one of rock's master craftsmen.