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Little Eva (June 29, 1943April 10, 2003) was an American singer. June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... See also: 1942 in music, other events of 1943, 1944 in music and the list of years in music. // Events January 1, 1943 - Frank Sinatra appears at The Paramount causing a mob scene of hysterical bobby-soxers to flood Times Square and blocking midtown New York City traffic for hours... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... // Events January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It Be sessions. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ...

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. Belhaven is a town located in Beaufort County, North Carolina. ... Tapestry (1971) Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is a Jewish American singer and songwriter. ... Gerry Goffin (born February 11, 1939) is an American lyricist. ... The Loco-Motion is a rock and roll song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and first recorded by Little Eva in 1962. ... Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on September 9, 1945. ... Don Kirshner, (April 17, 1934- ) once known as The Man With the Golden Ear, is an American song publisher and rock producer; best known for managing songwriting talent to successful groups like The Monkees and The Archies. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal Republic George... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ...

After the success of "The Loco-Motion", Eva was unfortunately stereotyped as a dance-craze singer and was given limited material. The notorious 1962 single "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" was inspired by the abuse Eva suffered from her then-boyfriend. She continued to tour and record throughout the sixties, but her commercial potential plummeted after 1964. She retired from the music business in 1971. He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) was an infamous 1962 single, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and recorded by The Crystals under the guidance of Phil Spector. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...

Interviewed in 1987/1988 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. Kylie Ann Minogue (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... In popular music a cover version is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used in the United States and Japan to describe a radio format that concentrates on popular Top 40 music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. ...

She continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October of 2001. She lost the battle with the disease two years later. Cervical cancer is a malignancy of the cervix. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Standard albums

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


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


  • 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)

  Results from FactBites:
Little Eva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (343 words)
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.
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).
Telegraph | News | Little Eva (538 words)
In 1962 Eva Boyd ("I had an aunt called Eva," she explained, "so she was Big Eva and I was Little Eva") was 19 and working in New York as a babysitter for Carole King and Gerry Goffin, the husband-and-wife song-writing team.
To publicise the song, Little Eva appeared on American Bandstand - for which she devised a dance routine to accompany The Locomotion - and the record was soon Number One in the American charts.
Eva Narcissus Boyd was born at Belhaven, North Carolina, on June 29 1943, one of 15 brothers and sisters, four of whom sang alongside Eva in a gospel group, the Boyd Five.
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