Sunday, July 19, 2009

൪ LITTLE EVA, Loco-Motion|Take A Step In My Direction|

Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage name of Little Eva (after a character from Uncle Tom's Cabin), was an American singer. Born in 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 song became an instant smash, reaching #1 in the United States in 1962. After the success of "The Loco-Motion", Boyd was stereo typed as a dance-craze singer and was given limited material.

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). Boyd also recorded the song "Makin' With the Magilla" for an episode of the 1964 Hanna-Barbera cartoon series "The Magilla Gorilla Show".

She continued to tour and record throughout the sixties, but her commercial potential plummeted after 1964. She retired from the music business in 1971. She continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2001. She died 18 months later in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59, and is buried in a small cemetery in Belhaven, North Carolina.


Pete said...

This one never heard before leh!

CheaHS@n said...

Pete ya me too my first time to get to know her as well, she is the original singer of Loco-motion..