Terry Knight and the Pack

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Terry Knight and the Pack
Also known as The Pack, The Fabulous Pack
Origin Flint, Michigan, United States
Genres Rock
Garage rock
Pop
Years active 1960s
Labels Lucky Eleven, Cameo, ABKCO
Associated acts Terry Knight, Grand Funk Railroad, ? and the Mysterians
Past members Terry Knight (Vocals)
Don Brewer (Drums)
Mark Farner (Guitar, Bass)
Bobby Caldwell (Organ)
Herm Jackson (Drums, Bass)
Curt Johnson (Guitar)

Terry Knight and the Pack was, between 1965 and 1967, an American rock band from Flint, Michigan. The band was signed to the Lucky Eleven label throughout its short recording career. The band was fronted by singer Terry Knight. Two of the members of the band, drummer/vocalist Don Brewer and guitarist Mark Farner, would later go on to form the band Grand Funk Railroad.

Career[edit]

Former DJ Terry Knight fronted the act as singer and songwriter. Don Brewer and Herm Jackson played drums and bass, respectively. Curt Johnson supplied fuzz guitar solos, while Bobby Caldwell provided melodic keyboards. Mark Farner replaced Herm Jackson on bass for a few months in the spring of 1966. After his broken leg healed, Jackson returned to the band. In January 1967 Knight fired Curt Johnson, and replaced him with Mark Farner on guitar.

A quintessential garage band, TK&TP openly imitated best-selling rockers of the mid-1960s, especially the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

Six of their nine singles made regional Top 40s throughout Michigan, Ohio and New York, with two of them - "Mister, You're A Better Man Than I" (originally by The Yardbirds) and "I (Who Have Nothing)" (a cover of a Ben E. King song) - reaching the national charts. "I (Who Have Nothing)" went to #46 and earned the band an appearance on Dick Clark's television program Where The Action Is.

Tracks by the band include: "This Precious Time" (composed and produced by P.F. Sloan), covers of the Rolling Stones' songs "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Lady Jane," and several Knight originals: "Numbers," "A Change On The Way" and "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love" (later covered by Detroit roots rockers Brownsville Station). The Music Explosion issued an almost identical version of "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love", with the same instrumental backing track but a different vocal track; it's unclear whether The Pack or the Music Explosion recorded the "original".

TK&TP were mainstays on Cleveland's TV rock & roll showcase, Upbeat. In addition, they opened regional gigs for the Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five and The Yardbirds.

After their second LP, Reflections, Knight left the band to pursue a frustrated solo career as producer and singer. The Pack continued without Knight with even less success, releasing a few more 45 RPM singles under the names The Pack and The Fabulous Pack. The band was largely forgotten until Farner and Brewer formed the nucleus of Capitol Records' best-selling act of the early 1970s, Grand Funk Railroad, initially managed and produced by Knight.

All recordings by Terry Knight and the Pack have been out of print since 1973, except for "I (Who Have Nothing)" which is included in the Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 box set.

Only one "best of" compilation was released in late 1972 by ABKCO Records as the double album Mark, Don & Terry 1966-67 (plain blue cover) inspired by the Grand Funk Railroad doublet Mark, Don & Mel: 1969–71 (plain black cover) released earlier that year on Capitol. The ABKCO-released album was later re-packaged in 1973 as Funk-Off. Both albums are considered collectors items after being dropped from the ABKCO catalog. Another quasi-best-of compilation, Track On, was released on Lucky Eleven circa 1969-70.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Harlem Shuffle" / "I've Got News For You" - Lucky Eleven 003 - 1965
  • "Does It Matter To You Girl" / "Wide Trackin'" - Lucky Eleven 007 - 1965
  • "I've Been Told" / "How Much More" - Lucky Eleven 225 - 1966
  • "Better Man Than I" / "I Got Love" - Lucky Eleven 226 - 1966
  • "Lady Jane" / "Lovin' Kind" - Lucky Eleven 228 - 1966
  • "A Change On The Way" / "What's On Your Mind" - Lucky Eleven 229 - 1966
  • "I (Who Have Nothing)" (Billboard #46) / "Numbers" - Lucky Eleven 230 - 1966
  • "This Precious Time" / "Love Love Love Love Love" - Lucky Eleven 235 - 1967
  • "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" / "The Train" - Lucky Eleven 236 - 1967

Albums[edit]

  • Terry Knight and the Pack (Billboard #127) - Lucky Eleven LE-8000 (Mono)/SLE-8000 (Stereo) (1966)
  • Reflections (Original pressing) - Lucky Eleven LE-8001/SLE-8001 (1966)
  • Reflections (2nd pressing) - Cameo C-2007 (Mono)/CS-2007 (Stereo) (1966)
  • Track On! - Lucky Eleven LE-8001/SLE-8001 (1966)
Issued with same catalog number as the Reflections album, although the legality of this album is in question
  • Mark, Don & Terry 1966-67 (Billboard #192) - Abkco 4217 (1972)
  • Terry Knight and the Pack and Reflections (Re-release two albums on one CD) - Ace CDCHD 1273 (2010) Barcode: 029667042123

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