Little Eva Dies







Friday, April 11, 2003 12:30AM EDT

‘Little Eva,’ singer of “The Loco-motion, dies in Kinston

The Associated Press

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Eva Narcissus Boyd, a teenager known as Little Eva when her first recording, “The Loco-motion,” hit No. 1 in 1962, died Thursday after a long illness, her manager said.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately available.
Boyd, a native of Belhaven, died at Lenoir Hospital in Kinston, manager Gary Cape said in a statement. Her age isn’t immediately known, though various sources place her year of birth between 1943 and 1946.

Boyd was discovered by Carole King and Gerry Goffin after they hired her as a babysitter. They asked her to sing a demo of “The Loco-Motion,” which they had written together.

They decided after hearing the demo to release it as a single.

Eva also had the Top 20 songs “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” and “Let’s Turkey Trot.”

Boyd is survived by daughters Josetta Hines and Dorethea Dobson; son, Darius Harris, 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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