At a trivia night sometime last year, one of the songs whose title and artist needed to be identified was “The Loco-Motion”. Although everyone on our team knew the song, none of us knew that the (original) artist was Little Eva. Fast foward two weeks and after the trivia host broke the audio round CD for that week, we get an identical music round to the one from two weeks prior. That should make it easy, right? As it turned out, none of us remembered Little Eva from two weeks prior. Now we’ll never forget that bit of trivia.
After the song took Little Eva to the top of the charts with in 1962, cover versions of Little Eva’s “Loco-Motion” would go on to be hits for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 and Kylie Minogue in 1988. The Grand Funk version also went to #1, making “The Loco-Motion” only the second song to reach #1 performed by two different artists. The first was “Go Away Little Girl”, performed by Steve Lawrence and Donny Osmond. Both “The Loco-Motion” and “Go Away Little Girl” were written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. To date, only nine songs have achieved this distinction.
What does this have to do with John Coltrane? Absolutely nothing. But rest assured that his “Locomotion” (no “the”, no hyphen, lowercase “m”) has nothing to do with the Goffin/King song.
Locomotion – John Coltrane