‘Sweet, sweet Connie’ in Grand Funk Railroad strike dies at 66

Connie Hamzy, a rock ‘n’ roll groupie from Arkansas who was immortalized as “sweet, sweet Connie” in the 1973 Grand Funk Railroad hit “We’re an American Band,” has died

Minimal ROCK, Ark. — Connie Hamzy, a rock ‘n’ roll groupie from Arkansas who was immortalized as “sweet, sweet Connie” in the 1973 Grand Funk Railroad strike “We’re an American Band,” has died. She was 66.

“I was identified to become a famous groupie,” Hamzy, who lived in Minimal Rock, told KTHV in 2019. “I genuinely was.”

An obituary posted by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Residence in Tiny Rock stated she died Saturday. The Pulaski County Coroner had a report on her dying but did not right away launch any specifics.

Hamzy informed KTHV that she was ending her senior 12 months of significant faculty when the manager of Grand Funk Railroad referred to as to notify her that her identify would be in 1 of the band’s new music. “I mentioned, ‘Yeah I’ll have to see it to consider it,’” she explained.

But that summer time when she was at the lake with buddies she listened to an announcer on her transistor radio introduce the new tune, and observe that a area woman was in the 1st several strains, she mentioned.

The tune which is about the band touring and partying together the way commences: “Out on the highway for forty days. Previous night time in Very little Rock place me in a haze. Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act. She had the complete clearly show and that is a organic actuality.”

Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer, who wrote and sang direct vocals on “We’re An American Band,” informed The Associated Press: “So sorry to listen to of Connie’s demise. My memory of her is of a extremely outgoing ‘sweet’ girl that wished to be renowned. That was her purpose in existence. Might she rest in peace!”

Hamzy instructed the television station that she initial bought backstage at the age of 15 right after her mother, who didn’t want to offer with website traffic, dropped her off early to see Steppenwolf at Barton Coliseum.

“We’d go out there and then we’d wander all over the backstage region, and one particular matter would direct to an additional,” she advised KTHV.

Hamzy, who labored for a time as a substitute teacher, hung out with groups that bundled Queen, the Eagles and Kiss, KTHV documented. Hamzy informed the tv station although that Van Halen was a certain preferred.

Michael Hibblen, the news director at KUAR, advised the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he applied to operate into her occasionally at a Very little Rock bar.

“She would sit there at the bar at The City Pump and overtly share her escapades with rock stars,” mentioned Hibblen.

“She nonetheless experienced enjoyable telling individuals stories,” he stated.

KARK-Television set, which initial documented Hamzy’s demise, noted that in June she signed autographs and posed for photos at a reception for an exhibit titled “Play It Loud: Concerts at Barton Coliseum” at the Outdated Condition Home.

Hamzy’s cousin, Rita Lawrence, reported Hamzy, an only boy or girl, by no means married.

“She was just a wild youngster, and she was genuinely of that period, of the bands and all of that, that was her daily life, and she liked it,” Lawrence told the AP.