Guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was a founding member of the 1970s arena rock band Grand Funk Railroad.
He played for Terry Knight and The Pack from 1965 to 1966.
He started out playing the tuba, but quickly realized he would not make it as a star with that instrument.
He and his wife Lesia have been married for more than thirty years; they have three sons.
He credited the televangelist Billy Graham with saving Farner when he was little.