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The Loco-Motion

The Loco-Motion
Single information
NameThe Loco-Motion
ArtistLittle Eva
AlbumLocomotion
B-side"He is the Boy"
ReleasedJune 1962
Format7", 45rpm
GenrePop, rhythm and blues
Length2:27
LabelDimension Records
SongwriterGerry Goffin, Carole King
ProducerGerry Goffin
Previous single--
Next single"Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"
(1962)

The Loco-Motion

Single information
NameThe Loco-Motion
ArtistGrand Funk Railroad
AlbumShinin' On
B-side"Destitute and Losin'"
ReleasedMay 1974
Format7", 45rpm
GenreRock
Length2:46
LabelCapitol Records
SongwriterGerry Goffin, Carole King
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Previous single"Walk Like a Man"
(1973)
Next single"Shinin' On"
(1974)

The Loco-Motion

Single information
NameLocomotion"/"The Loco-Motion
ArtistKylie Minogue
AlbumKylie
B-side(1987 version)
1. "Glad To Be Alive"
2. "Getting Closer"
(1988 version)
1. "I'll Still Be Loving You"
ReleasedJuly 28, 1987
(See release history)
FormatCD single, cassette single, vinyl single
RecordedLondon
GenrePop, Dance, Freestyle
Length3:12
LabelPWL/Mushroom
A&M Records
Geffen Records (US)
SongwriterGerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(1987 version)
Mike Duffy
(1988 version)
Stock Aitken & Waterman
Certification3× Platinum (Australia)
Platinum (Canada)
Gold (UK & U.S.)
Previous single-
Next single"I Should Be So Lucky"
(1987)

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"The Loco-Motion" is a 1962 popular music song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 5 three times each time in a different decade: for Little Eva in 1962 (U.S. #1); for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. #1); and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. #3).

The song is a popular and enduring example of the dance-song genre: much of the lyrics are devoted to a description of the dance itself, usually done as a type of line dance. However, the song came before the dance.

"The Loco-Motion" is ranked #359 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

"The Loco-Motion" was also the second song to reach #1 by two different musical acts. The earlier song to do this was "Go Away Little Girl," also written by Goffin and King. It is one of only nine songs to achieve this feat.


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