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Loco-motion singer Little Eva dies



Little Eva, who took The Loco-motion to the top of the charts in 1962, has died.

Her manager said the singer - real named Eva Narcissus Boyd - died in Kinston, North Carolina, after a long illness.

Boyd, who was in her early 60s, was just a teenager when the song became a hit in the 1950s.

She 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. After hearing the demo, they decided to release it as a single.

Boyd also had the Top 20 songs, Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, and Let's Turkey Trot.

She leaves two daughters, a son, 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.