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Little Eva

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Born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina, she moved to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, 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 Boyd’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 Boyd’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”, Boyd was stereotyped as a dance-craze singer and was given limited material. She appeared in quite a number of TV-shows, mainly in the US.

Boyd’s other hits are “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby”, “Some Kinda Wonderful”, “Let’s Turkey Trot” and a remake of the Bing Crosby standard “Swinging On A Star,” recorded with Big Dee Irwin (though Boyd was not credited on the label).

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 between 1987 and 1988 after the success of the Kylie Minogue cover version of “The Loco-Motion”, Boyd 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 died two years later at age 59.

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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    и все-таки поп-артисты в те годы (притом, что это тоже было конвейерное производство хитов) были куда талантливее нынешних, достаточно сравнить ту же Литтл Ив с кавером на нее Кайли Миноуг.

    9 Mar 9:59am Reply
  • Saloedew

    Come on baby, do the Loco Motion 3:

    5 Jan 9:59am Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    AN UNFORGOTTEN ARTIST, JUST DIED TO YOUNG :-((((((((((

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    i've been getting drunk on the harmonies from "he is the boy". YES HE IS. WHOA NOW

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    A very memorable song & great a terrific sound which 'baby boomers' grew up listening to. WOW~! God bless~!

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • DieDa91

    she is great^^ :-)

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • PUCIKKO

    The Locomotion is fantastic!!!! thanks Inland Empire :D

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • elDylan_

    So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dominic_john

    great.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lizard0queen

    locomotion six times xDDDDDDD

    14 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Saoriky

    locomotion in the Inland - Empire UJU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • imuzico

    LOOOOOL ! One same-titled song is repeated 9 times on 'Last Week Top Tracks' ! .............W T F !

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
  • IRSARGE

    loco-motion!

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • caromuela

    lil :)

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Zodiac_Killer

    The Loco-Motion = CLASSIC.

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ludwigthesecond

    great

    13 Oct 2008 Reply
  • VGoRiLLaZ

    Lol, my thoughts exactly ^^

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • maulofsound

    narcissus seems like a shitty middle name.

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Proserek

    Oh shit, me too. It's damn good and fucked up movie.

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • gloomy666

    Tkachenko, i'm in the same state of my mind. Every time i listen to it, i imagine those dancing bitches :D

    30 Nov 2007 Reply
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