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Hit Month (Australia): July 1987
Song Author: Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Year Recorded: 1962
The Loco-Motion

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 during 1962 (U.S. #1); for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. #1); and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. #3).

"The Loco-Motion" is ranked #350 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

"The Loco-Motion" is also one of only nine songs to reach US #1 by two different artists.

The original recording of the song was sung by Eva Boyd, under the stage name Little Eva. Boyd was actually Carole King's babysitter, having been introduced to King and husband Gerry Goffin by The Cookies, a local girl group who would also record for the songwriters. "The Loco-Motion" was the first release by the new Dimension Records.

In the United States, "The Loco-Motion" was the sixth most successful single of 1962 according to Billboard.

Kylie Minogue version

Cover of 1987 Version.

Released July 28, 1987

Format CD single, cassette single, vinyl single
Producer (1987 version)

A cover version of "The Loco-Motion" was the debut single by Australian popular music singer Kylie Minogue.

After an impromptu performance of the song at an Australian rules football charity event with the cast of the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Minogue was signed a record deal by Mushroom Records to release the song as a single.

The single was released on July 28, 1987 in Australia, Sweden and Italy under the title "Locomotion".

The song was a success in Australia, reaching number one and remaining there for seven weeks.

The success of the song in her home country resulted in her signing a record deal with PWL Records in London and to working with the successful team Stock Aitken & Waterman.