Gary Graff

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. In addition to Billboard,, and, he also writes regularly for the New York Times Features Syndicate, Journal Register Newspapers, Revolver, Music Connection, United Stations Radio Networks and more, and for radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He has written books about Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, rock 'n' roll myths and other subjects.

Mark Farner attends the 2011 Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp at BB Kings on Jan. 17, 2011 in New York City.

Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad on Gregg Allman: 'He Was an Inventor'

The Allman Brothers Band and Grand Funk Railroad each released their debut albums three months apart during 1969, and as contemporaries and road warriors at the same time, the two bands developed a respectful kinship with each other. Grand Funk's founding singer/guitarist Mark Farner tells Billboard about his relationship with Gregg Allman and his high regard for the rock great's music.