Little Eva

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Little Eva (June 6, 1943 - April 15, 2003) was an American singer.

Born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina, Eva was a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Amused by Eva's individual dancing style they wrote "The Loco-Motion" for her, and her version became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in the US in 1962.

She attempted to follow-up this success with the release of other singles, but after a few only minor hits her brief career came to an end.

Interviewed in 1988 after the success of the Kylie Minogue cover version of "The Loco-Motion", Eva stated that she did not like the new version, however its then-current popularity allowed her to return to live performing with other artists of her era on the cabaret circuit.

She continued performing until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2001, and died from the disease two years later.