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Little Eva

Little Eva Narcissus Boyd was a babysitter for Carole King and Gerry Goffin when the songwriting team was inspired to write "The Loco-Motion," a song based on a dance that Eva would do around the house. Eva also got to sing on their demo, which impressed Don Kirshner enough to release it as it was. One of the greatest girl group hits, "The Loco-Motion" hit number one in 1962; the follow-up, "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby," was also written by Goffin-King. Almost as good as her debut, it reached the Top 20, and was even covered by the Beatles on-stage in their early days (though they never recorded it in the studio). Unfortunately, Eva was then pigeonholed as a dance-craze singer and given inferior material. She never again reached the soulful heights of her first two singles; "Let's Turkey Trot" (1963) was her only other Top 20 hit, although she continued working until October 2001. She succumbed to cervical cancer in April of 2003. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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anavasar
oughiuygutd
On the pop charts! The foundations were a 1-hit wonders!
Both versions are great!
Beautiful voice.
No, but there is a Grand Funk connection.
Was there a Neil Sedaka connection with the song?
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
melissarmath i s
Love this song
suprmansj
Learned to dance with this style of music from my mom--I'm an 80's baby--mom said this is the best kind of music
A lip bit of rhythm and alot of soul <3 :) love them oldies 90's kid lol
Yes yes yes!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Come on baby, do the loco-motion! LUV this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ; ) ;);)
They had one hit wonders in the 60's?
thanks again, pandora for this whole dang thang! motown was it, counterbalan c e d by chitown, memphis/n'vi l l e / m u s s e l s h o a l s big easy-delta. us white boys will never forget the power, joy and love given to the world we never might have shared absent these dearly missed angels,, one sweet day we will join that heavenly choir and it is going to besweetness! bless you, little eva
Loved Little Eva's music...She was from a small town in NC called Belhaven, tweny-seven miles from my hometown of Swan Quarter,NC.. I remember a town celebration given in her honor back in the late 60's when I was a little boy...Visite d the town last year and went by the cementary to visit a relative's grave and saw a grave with the headstone listed as Little Eva...Didn't know that she had died until then...Just read the biography and saw that she died in 2003...A great singer from a small town
astrosag
I Love her song Keep Your hands off My Baby
Little Eva did a good job on Loco-Motion. But let's give a little credit to the master hit maker: Don Kirshner.
the locomotion was dance number, we did back in the days of bandstand
I always like the team of Gerry Goffin & Carole king a great song writers of the early l960s
michaelmet
I read that Little Eva confirmed it's not the Cookies singing backup rather it's Carole King and Little Eva singing backup. She could do it all.
levi3151
one of those pop hits that sticks in my memories as a child! Very fun and crazy--nice to read a bit about the history and the singer!
locomotion is one of my favorite songs of all time cuz my mom used to sing it with me.

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