BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #325: “THE LOCO-MOTION”- GRAND FUNK – MAY 4, 1974

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Billboard #1 Hits: #325: “The Loco-Motion”- Grand Funk. May 4, 1974. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “The Loco-Motion”- Grand Funk
  • Record Company-Capital
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Time: 2:46
  • B-side:”Destitute and Losin'”
  • Album-Shinin’ On
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada.

“The Loco-Motion” put a lot of money into the banking accounts of Goffin-King. Little Eva took it to #1 in 1962, in France in the same year Sylvie Vartan took it to the top, then came Grand Funk, Ritz took it to #1 in New Zealand in 1980 and in 1987 Kylie Minogue took it to #2 in the UK and #3 in the UK. When I hear Grand Funk’s version- it takes me back to 7th grade. I wasn’t a regular music listener back then- but at school during homeroom one of the teachers would play a single every day if someone brought one in- and I remember the teacher predicting that Grand Funk’s “The Loco-Motion” would be a #1 hit. He was right.

6 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #325: “THE LOCO-MOTION”- GRAND FUNK – MAY 4, 1974

  1. It’s kind of baffling to know that Grand Funk reached #1 twice while their better proto-metal contemporaries like Alice Cooper and Deep Purple never did (and others like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest never even reached the top 40).

  2. they put out a few great singles, of which this was one. Mind blowing to think though that briefly they were the biggest tour draw in the US and could sell out Shea Stadium faster than the Beatles had.

  3. I think “The Loco-Motion” is a great ’60s pop song. While this isn’t a bad cover, I have to say it was Little Eva’s version I heard first and it’s still may favorite. Given I’m very fond of Carole King, perhaps not shockingly, I also like her version she recorded for her 1980 album “Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King.”

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