lil evaSinger. Born Eva Narcissus Boyd on June 29, 1943, in Belhaven, North Carolina. Plucked from near obscurity, Little Eva reached the top of the pop charts with the infectious dance song, “The Loco-Motion,” only to discover that fame can be fleeting. She first started singing in church as a child. Moving to New York City area around 1960, Eva hoped to make it in the music business. She landed a gig singing with the Cookies, a vocal group, and found some studio work doing backup vocals. But her ticket to success actually came from a babysitting job.

Plucked from obscurity by songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, for whom she was babysitting, Little Eva reached the top of the charts with the dance song “The Loco-Motion” in 1962. She appeared on the popular TV dance show American Bandstand, and her follow-up single, “Keep Your Hands off My Baby,” made it into the top 20 later that year. Later efforts, however, failed to catch on with fans.


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