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Thanks to the crack songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Little Eva (Eva Boyd was actually Goffin & King's babysitter at the time) burst on the pop scene with two memorable singles in 1962, the undeniably catchy "The Locomotion" and the brilliantly realized "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby," but unfortunately that was pretty much it ("Let's Turkey Trot" did at least chart a year later) as Eva's producers reduced her to recording mindless fare like "Old Smokey Loco-Motion" to try to wring every last dollar out of the dance craze she started. This brief Collectables set has "The Locomotion" (and "Old Smokey Loco-Motion," if anyone's interested) but lacks "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby," which is arguably Little Eva's best recorded performance.


Born: 29 June 1943 in Bellhaven, NC

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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