I wonder how many of you remember the song and in turn a dance to “The Loco-Motion” It was 17-year-old singer Eva Narcissus Boyd who recorded this song in 1962 and made it her first and only number one hit.
Eva sure got lucky when she left North Carolina for the bright lights of New York City. Even though she wasn’t looking to get into show business you could say show business found her. She got a job as a nanny for a young, professional Manhattan couple who just happened to be Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Both of them would eventually get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When Eva started working for them they were busy writing tunes for such singers as Bobby Vee and The Shirelles. They came up with an interesting new song written just for a dance craze which at present did not exist. So to let their nanny Eva earn a couple of extra bucks they asked her to record the demo vocals. When Don Kirshner heard the song with Eva doing the vocals he knew it was going to be a hit. Once it was recorded on his new label the song rose up on the pop charts and there was a short-lived dance craze. Unfortunately, this was Little Eva’s only claim to fame. “The Loco-Motion” rose again to number one when it became a cover song for Grand Funk.
Little Eva did sing some more songs but she never got really popular. Unfortunately, in 2001 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died in North Carolina at the age of 59. On her gravestone is an image of a steam locomotive and the epitaph reads “Singing with the Angels”.