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.