Boyd, Eva (1945–2003)

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Boyd, Eva (1945–2003)

American singer. Name variations: Little Eva. Born Eva Narcissus Boyd, June 29, 1945, in Belhaven, North Carolina; died April 10, 2003, in Kinston, NC; 10th of 13 children of Laura Boyd; sister of Idalia Boyd (singer who had one minor hit, "Hoola Hooping"); children: 2 daughters, 1 son.

As a teenager, was a baby sitter in NY for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin when they asked her to record "Loco-Motion" (1962); followed that chartbuster with 2 other lesser hits, "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" (1962) and "Old Smokey Loco-Motion" (1963); was a backup singer for the Drifters, Ben E. King, and others.