Little Eva
Rehearsal at the MeadowLands June 29, 1991

LocoMotion
#1 in 1964


Eva Narcissus Boyd know as Little Eva was born in Belhaven, North Carolina on June 29, 1943. She moved to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York ,and as a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It is often claimed that Goffin and King were amused by Boyd's individual dancing style, so they wrote "The Loco-Motion" for her and had her record it as a demo (the record was intended for Dee Dee Sharp). She retired from the music industry in 1971. She never owned the rights to her recordings. Although the prevailing rumor in the 1970s was that she had received only $50 for "The Loco-Motion," She started performing again in 1988, and continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2001. She died 18 months later in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59, on April 10, 2003. Her new grey gravestone has the image of a steam locomotive prominently engraved on the front and the epitaph reads: "Singing with the Angels"
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