and these songs are the best ever now loved it back those days :)
I remember when my PE teacher use to play this and I use to love it. I still do love it.
First time I listened to this song it was from a Japanese singer and she did it well too. Now I know that Grand Funk has their own cover version, too!
Not the best version of the song, but it has it's appeal. Loved Kylie Minogue's version though.
I give it a thumbs up
My kitty thinks I have lost my mind here... (.headphones on doing the locomotion by my desk)
does anyone no how to do the dance loca motion I ask my grandpa he's 71 and didn't even no how u do it
Watching some Carly Simon vids reminded me of this amazing version. Class.
I was a kid when Little Eva went to No 1 with this, but in my teens in high school and remember this version very well, love both..
This was mine an now hubbies song..still great
some fun times. old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
Who agrees that this is the best version
The early 70's, Yeah!
the guitar riff in this sounds awesome <3
Dare I say that this should have been on the game "Rock Band"?
They took down the one with the Colombian dancers, didn't they? -_- Fuck you very much, google!
I apparently loved this song so much as a kid. My dad burned a CD where the only song on it was this one.
ever tried to do the Locomotion with a cup of coffee in your hand without a lid? lol!
This is one of the numerous feel-good songs from the 70’s and one of the best songs of 1974. My #1 GF favorite tied with "Bad Time". Many memories attached to this masterpiece. Blows the Little Eva version out of the water, leaving it far behind in the dust! Released on February 23, 1974, reaching # 1 on May 4
Best version by miles. I bought this single the week it came out and played it to death at maximum volume. A great decade to be a teenager.
"A little bit of rythym and alot of soul."Indeed! It's easy to see how the Funk busted many pop charts in the 70's isn't it? When I first heard this back in the day, I didn't know that it was a cover version. But this interpretation leaves all the others in the dust in my opinion. Let's bring the 70's and 80's back.😀
Back in the 90's my parents owned a trailer in a trailer park. There was a hall there that held dances however, they always got this older guy to run them who played old school stuff that none of the kids had heard of. This song and Red Red Wine by UB40 was all us youngins lived for. Will always remind me of those good times.
best song ever, by grand funk railroad.
We dance this in my preschool classroom
Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this song for their babysitter - Little Eva
Little Eva her signature song. This good also.
some body take me roller skatin, hehee,,,,,, i love it, this is when music was music
What a sloppy performance. I guess it's no surprise grand funk couldn't rise into the first tier
Bill Rabara lol wut
Lunch Time..Pizza, fried burrito's and some fine long beach babe's was some of the best memories ever...North Town...! NTS
who lives bto ,?
127 people can sit down and read and Learn what good music is
Why do I feel like this would be the perfect song for tankslapping on a snowy, deserted backroad?
Perstist that Auld
This was Grand Funk's second number 1 hit!
this is the best version first heard in townsville australia when i joined the army 1972
This sends me right back in time...and I mean the best times !!!...
Best version by far!
One of Michigans best bands! It's a Trump jam now ! Classic.
just love this song, so many memories, would always dance to this at the rollor rink
Aside from the obvious, "Ask Todd Rundgren!," does anyone have any idea how that lead guitar solo was made?
bill mimms According to Farner, Rundgren "played" the echoplex effect while the solo was tracked. Cool!
Rockin song remember it well during the summer of 1974. wish I could go back in a heartbeat!
what a great song,makes you forget the original.the memorable,scratchy guitar riff;hilarious.I bet Little Eva is shaking her head somewhere!
The real question is, what is the locomotion?
+nora adams does it hurt later though! lol best drink a pint and just watch
i'm sixty and i can still do the locomotion
It's a brand new dance now!
Simply luv this!!!!!!!!!
It was in my head, had to come here and get my fix... damn loco motion.
I prefer the Ritz's version
The worst lead vocals ever!! He's too flat the whole song.
His voice is in a high register, but flat?
it was #1 on the Usa billboard charts
Opinions, Opinions, Opinions.
Little Eva all over again.
Yet...this version kicks ass!
best days of my life the 70
i miss being a kid.
Kylie minogue's version is the best
My Favorite band ever!
got to see them tonite in Vernon downs racetrack in rome new York they still sound great
How can 125 people give this a thumbs down???!!!!!!😳
LORI STEWART turned their screen upside down to like it again
Personally I don't have a favorite version. The Little Eva version does have a rockin' sax solo, but the GFR has a guitar solo which is also pretty kickass. I guess it depends on what style of music you like (50's or 70's Rock)
Because the sound quality sucks! Better not upload it than in this quality (240p)!
Some people prolly liked the Little Eva version better. If you listen to the production values in this song, there's kind of a mess going on in the background. It seems very noisy, not sure if the band is humming or there is guitar noise of some kind feeding back. Little Eva's version was very polished and had a little sax going on. Nothing wrong with a bit of sax now and then. LOL
LORI STEWART must be hacked 😂 I love this song
This is Grand Funk singing this..... They recorded this in just one take in the studio ......😄
I was 7 in '74
Yea, junior high dance. All the girls sit on this side of the bleachers and all the boys sit on that side (except for this song)
My God! How true is that-no matter where you went to school! LOL
same here (class of '76) .... this song still makes me go wild! 🙌
I was 16. I miss those days, ha ha.
i was 4 yrs. old when this came out and I was OBSESSED! Good thing my babysitter was a 17 yr. old girl and would play the grooves off of the record :)
@ 1:19 There's allied aircraft fighters -cutting trains in half destroying enemy railroad lines dive bombing ground installations..
My mom and dad had the 45 back in 1974. Played it often.
GFR was a GREAT band. IMO this is still the best version of this song ever recorded.
anybody else remember doing a train skate to this song at your local skating rink?
that has got to be a Gibson bass, an eb somethin' er other.. that gnarly tone ala' felix papilarrdi or jack bruce.
I'll be anyone 100 bucks that's is Todd Rundgren doing the guitar solo.
I'll take that bet... I know Mark, and it's him....!!!!!
+Blaire Ronzel No it's Mark. There's some studio footage of them doing the song. It's been doctored with the loops and sounds though. Still IMO the best version of this song ever done.
+Blaire Ronzel maybe.. but farner could play o.k. besides ...what solo ? tape loops and whatever else. it is a very cool sounding solo though.
let's do the lovecomotion jody with me
Most fun I've had in a long time was singing along to this with my sweetie in his car, not caring if we were good or if people in other cars were side-eyeing us, just having a blast. Memories are made of this.
best version of Locomotion!!! great guitar here!!!
Loved this version. Brings back so many great memories of the 70's.
Kylie Minogue's version is a huge pile of dung.
Mark, Don and Mel.......nuff said
. @ 1:19 Theres Allied Aircraft Straffeing Gound Installations Fighters cutting . Trains in half Destroying Enemy RAILROAD LINES
I will love this rock song forever.
mise the 70's!!
Thanks Todd (Rundgren) for scoring, directing and producing this version........................... It's the best.
The whole album. I read the book. Couldn't believe what I was reading. It basically said the band couldn't believe they were playing to big, sold out, stadiums.
Yeah, this is a remake song that never gave credit to the original singer, but it's a good remake.
@ I Boarshock. I always enjoy learning something new.
_"You're supposed t leave a comment"_
I did. My comments are anything and everything I damn well care to write. What, you're offended because I didn't dumb it down to something short and stupid just to meet for your own personal very very special needs?
Gee thanks for the college research paper! You're supposed t leave a comment, not write a book!
+alonzo9772 That's not how the music biz works. Cover versions of songs are utterly dirt common and have existed since the earliest days of recorded music. After more than a century the number of various covers recorded is now simply too vast to even try to guess. And they rarely if ever have credited the original performer... or the first person who recorded it, as the two might not be the same. Because *a cover isn't a copy of the first recording, it's another different recording of the same song*. The source is always a song, not a performance. And that makes all the difference.
For example, back in like the 1920s songwriters would publish the sheet music for a new song, and then any performer who wanted could make a recording of it, so you might have several different versions being released almost simultaneously. Then everyone would wait and see which one became the most popular. And if that song went on to become a big hit in like New York, before it could be distributed nationally local bands in cities all across the US would make their own versions. And the local version that became most popular in any particular city would become that city's big hit version, the one that everyone locally would know and remember. But only eventually would people finally hear the big NY hit (which was probably not the actual original). However, coming later they wouldn't think it's as good as their first, favorite version.
Now the original recording artist has never gotten any special or automatic credit for being the first, other than everyone else's version will be considered a cover. That's because the music industry is purely about sales, and lots of times the original recording sold badly and remained almost completely unknown. Over the years maybe a half dozen other recordings of the song then got made, but they all went nowhere. Finally one version suddenly becomes a huge hit and from then on that song and that performer will forever be linked together, and nobody will ever care if anyone else made an earlier recording.
Being a huge hit means that there will often be scads of covers made of it over time, none of which will likely become seriously significant, until suddenly one those covers of that huge-hit-of-a-cover will itself become a huge hit. And when that happens everyone likely will already know of the first huge hit, because huge hits are commonly and easily remembered, so besides not being customary to credit previous performers, it would seem silly and superfluous to restate what was common knowledge.
Now in this case Little Eva was the song's original recording artist, but GFR's recorded their Loco-motion in 1974, only 12 years after Little Eva's own. I was too young in 1962 to be aware of Little Eva's hit at the time. But I soon got to know it just from listening to music in general, so when I heard Grand Funk Railroads version in 1974, I knew just what it was a cover of.
Finally, in the music industry, far more important than the performers are the songwriters. Every time the recording artist or a record company makes money off a song, the songwriter does too. Even when the performer or the record company _doesn't_ make money, like with radio airplay, the songwriter still does. That takes some pull. Inside the industry, consistently successful songwriters are superstars even though they're often completely unknown to the public. Because without the music, the performers are nothing. So better to give total credit to King and Goffen instead, as the ones who wrote a song that could become a huge hit for three separate performers in three separate decades..
F****** ROCKING SONG
Done like Beautiful men!
this song should've been called "Do The Locomotive"
Dance crazes: America's greatest weakness.
Well, at least it's not the Macarena.
+BlitztheDragon Truly the solution to world peace.
i love this song and plus i am clapping ty for sharing:)
still love its the best
Can somebody say "all aboard the loco-motion!'? Because I would!
Of all the versions I've heard this one's my favorite!
By this time in 1974 wasn't the band simply called "Grand Funk"?? I thought I read somewhere that they went through some legal battles with one of the founding members then shortened the name of the band after the issues were settled.
You read, pretty much, correctly. I believe I read the drummer basically screwed Farner out of the rights to the songs.
cuando tienes planes para ir de rumba este tema ufff¡¡ prende y bieeen.
They are coming to Wichita,Ks sometime this month.
they should hit you with the leed twice::::::::::::::::::::::::
This song has become one of my favorites.
This one was great at dances! So exciting; total blast!!
When you work retail.. and they start playing non-stop Christmas music at work... then this comes on. It's your best friend. Thank god for classics.
Epic head bob moment.
Great Karaoke material.....
@1:19- Theres Allied Aircraft Straffeing Ground installations Cutting Trains in Half Destroying Enemy RAILROAD LINES