THE LOCO-MOTION – Grand Funk
#1 May 4th, 1974
- Nixon resigned in disgrace
- G. Gordon Liddy is found guilty of the Watergate break-ins.
- A group called the Symbionese Liberation Army abducted Patty Herst.
- We had to drive 55
- Gasoline prices continued to rise
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
- MOVIES: “Blazing Saddles” & “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
- TV: “Happy Days” “Rhoda” & “Chico & the Man” hit on the tube.
- “The Brady Bunch” was cancelled
- Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs
- 1974 Mustang II was Motor Trends car of the year.
- Expo 74 Worlds Fair opens in Spokane, Washington.
- Jack Benny: February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974, he died of pancreatic cancer
- Mama Cass: September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974, found dead in her room in London from an apparent heart attack after two weeks of sold-out performances.
- Duke Ellington: April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.
- Charles Lindbergh: February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974, Flew New York to Paris in May, 1927
- Written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
- The song appears in the American Top 5 three times – each time in a different decade: Little Eva in 1962. Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 and Kylie Minogue in 1988.
- It is also one of only nine songs to reach the US Number One by two different artists.
- Grand Funk Railroad version was produced by Todd Rundgren.
- Grand Funk Railroad and The Loco-Motion…your #1@1 from May 1974.