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Little Eva

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Little Eva (June 29, 1943 - April 10, 2003) was an American singer.

Born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina, she moved to Brighton Beach, New York at a young age. As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Amused by Eva's individual dancing style they wrote "The Loco-Motion" for her and had her record it as a demo (the record was intended for Dee Dee Sharp). Music producer Don Kirshner was impressed by the song and Eva's voice and had it released just the way it was. The song became an instant smash, reaching #1 in the US in 1962.

After the success of "The Loco-Motion", Eva was unfortunately stereotyped as a dance-craze singer and was given limited material. She continued to tour and record throughout the sixties, but her commercial potential plummeted after 1964. She retired from the music business in 1971.

Interviewed in 1988 after the success of the Kylie Minogue cover version of "The Loco-Motion", Eva stated that she did not like the new version, however its then-current popularity allowed her to make a comeback in show business. She returned to live performing with other artists of her era on the cabaret and oldies circuits. She also occasionally recorded new songs.

She continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October of 2001. She lost the battle with the disease two years later.

Discography

Standard albums

  • 1962: LLLLLoco-Motion
  • 1989: Back on Track

Compilations

  • 1988: The Best of Little Eva
  • 2001: Llll-Little Eva!: The Complete Dimension Recordings

Singles

  • 1962: "The Loco-Motion" (US #1, UK #2; re-entered the UK charts at #11 in 1972)
  • 1962: "Keep Your Hands off My Baby" (US #12, UK #30)
  • 1963: "Let's Turkey Trot" (US #20, UK #13)
  • 1963: "Swingin' on a Star" (US #38) (duet with Big Dee Irwin)
  • 1963: "Old Smokey Locomotion" (US #48)sv:Little Eva
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