Showing posts with label Grand Funk Railroad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grand Funk Railroad. Show all posts

Grand Funk Railroad - The Loco-Motion

Grand Funk Railroad - The Loco-Motion
The Loco-Motion is a 1962 pop 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, performed by artists from three different cultures: originally African American pop singer Little Eva in 1962 (U.S. No. 1); then White American band Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. No. 1); and Australian singer Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. No. 3).

Grand Funk Railroad version


American hard rock group Grand Funk Railroad recorded a version of the song in 1974, produced by Todd Rundgren. The song appeared on their album Shinin' On, and released as a single, scored No. 1 on the U.S. charts. The decision to play the song came about after guitarist Mark Farner was heard whistling the song in the studio. The Grand Funk version of the song featured guitars, several layers of harmony, and heavy drums. Some radio stations replaced the guitar instrumental section with the repeat of the Bridge instead, ("You got to sway your hips now".), because the disc jockeys strongly felt that the static guitar solo was considered too experimental hard rock for airplay on commercial radio station.

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Grand Funk Railroad - We're an American Band

Grand Funk Railroad - We're an American Band
"We're an American Band" (from the album of the same name) became Grand Funk Railroad's first #1 single on 29 September 1973, Mark Farner's 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk's appeal. It was sung by Brewer rather than Farner, who usually took lead vocals.

It is the 99th song on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

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