Little Eva (The Loco Motion) EP (FR) 1962
Posted: 16 Oct 2019 12:54 PM PDT
"The Loco-Motion" is a 1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry
Goffin and Carole King. "The Loco-Motion" was originally written for Dee
Dee Sharp, but Sharp turned the song down. The song is notable for
appearing in the American Top 5 three times, each time in a different
decade: in 1962 by the American pop singer Little Eva (U.S. No. 1); in 1974
by the American band Grand Funk Railroad (also U.S. No. 1); and finally in
1988 by the Australian singer Kylie Minogue (U.S. No. 3).
The song is a popular and enduring example of the dance-song genre: much of
the lyrics are devoted to a description of the dance itself, usually
performed as a type of line dance. However, the song came before the dance.
"The Loco-Motion" was also the second song to reach No. 1 by two different
musical acts in America. The earlier song to do this was "Go Away Little
Girl", also written by Goffin and King. It is one of only nine songs to
achieve this feat.
Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage
name of Little Eva, was an American pop singer. Although some sources claim
that her stage name was inspired by a character from the novel Uncle Tom's
Cabin, she stated in an interview that she was named after her aunt, which
prompted her family to call her "Little Eva."
Boyd was born in Belhaven, North Carolina in 1945 and had twelve siblings.
At the age of fifteen she moved to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn,
New York. As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a
babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
It is often claimed that Goffin and King were amused by Boyd's particular
dancing style, so they wrote "The Loco-Motion" for her and had her record
it as a demo (the record was intended for Dee Dee Sharp). However, as King
said in an interview with NPR and in her "One to One" concert video, they
knew she could sing when they met her, and it would be just a matter of
time before they would have her record songs they wrote, the most
successful being "The Loco-Motion." Music producer Don Kirshner of
Dimension Records was impressed by the song and Boyd's voice and had it
released. The song reached #1 in the United States in 1962. It sold over
one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. After the success of "The
Loco-Motion," Boyd was stereotyped as a dance-craze singer and was given
The same year, Goffin and King wrote "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)"
(performed by the Crystals) after discovering that Boyd was being regularly
beaten by her boyfriend. When they inquired why she tolerated such
treatment, Eva replied without batting an eyelid that her boyfriend's
actions were motivated by his love for her.
Phil Spector's arrangement of the song was ominous and ambiguous.
It was a brutal song, as any attempt to justify such violence must be, and
Spector's arrangement only amplified its savagery, framing Barbara Alston's
lone vocal amid a sea of caustic strings and funereal drums, while the
backing vocals almost trilled their own belief that the boy had done
nothing wrong. In more ironic hands (and a more understanding age), 'He Hit
Me' might have passed at least as satire. But Spector showed no sign of
appreciating that, nor did he feel any need to. No less than the song's
writers, he was not preaching, he was merely documenting.
— Dave Thompson
Boyd's other single recordings were "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby," "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.
In 1963, American Bandstand signed her with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars
national U.S. tour and she was set to perform for the tour's 15th show
scheduled for the night of November 22, 1963 at the Memorial Auditorium in
Dallas, Texas when suddenly the Friday evening event was cancelled moments
after U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while touring Dallas
in an open car caravan.
She continued to tour and record throughout the sixties, but her commercial
potential plummeted after 1964. She retired from the music industry in
1971. She never owned the rights to her recordings. Although the prevailing
rumor in the 1970s was that she had received only $50 for "The
Loco-Motion," it seems $50 was actually her weekly salary at the time she
made her records (an increase of $15 from what Goffin and King had been
paying her as nanny). Penniless, she returned with her three young children
to North Carolina, where they lived in obscurity.
Interviewed in 1988 after the success of the Kylie Minogue recording
of "The Loco-Motion", Boyd stated that she did not like the new version;
however, its then-current popularity allowed her to make a comeback in show
She returned to live performing with other artists of her era on the
cabaret and oldies circuits. She also occasionally recorded new songs.
The only existing footage of Little Eva performing "Loco-Motion" is a small
clip from the ABC 1960s live show Shindig! wherein she sang a short version
of the clip along with the famous dance steps. She also sang "Let's Turkey
Trot" and the Exciters' song "I Want You to Be My Boy" in the same episode.
This TV show was one of her final performances until 1988, when she began
performing in concerts with Bobby Vee and other singers. In a 1991 Richard
Nader concert, she performed "Loco-Motion" and "Keep Your Hands Off My
Baby". The concert was partially documented on videotape, albeit of
She continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in
October 2001. She died on April 10, 2003 in Kinston, North Carolina, at the
age of 59, and is buried in a small cemetery in Belhaven, North Carolina.
Her gravesite was sparsely marked until July 2008, when a report by WRAL-TV
of Raleigh, North Carolina highlighted deteriorating conditions at the
cemetery and efforts by the city of Belhaven to have it restored. A simple
white cross had marked the site until a new gravestone was unveiled in
November of that year. Her new grey gravestone has the image of a steam
locomotive prominently engraved on the front and the epitaph
reads: "Singing with the Angels"
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
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Posted: 16 Oct 2019 11:11 AM PDT
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