This great 70's rock classic was inspired by an early 60's dance hit ... and is fitting enough in my book to round out the old year and ring in the new. Grand Funk Railroad, temporarily going by the name Grand Funk, recorded this cover version of Little Eva's 1962 hit "The Loco-Motion" in early 1974, which was produced by Todd Rundgren. It appeared on their album Shinin' On, and was released as a single on March 3, 1974. It charted at #1 on Billboard on April 28, 1974 for two weeks and on Cash Box on May 4, 1974 for one week. It also reached #5 in Australia and peaked at #1 in Canada.
Originally I was going to do the Little Eva version, but in a moment of madness I switched gears and went with Grand Funk instead. That's the kind of loose cannon I can be: "you never know ... at MUNROW's RETRO!" I wish I could give you a fireworks display to go along with it, but, in any event, may this music video be among your favorites to watch as we ring in the coming new year, 2016. Happy New Year!