Carole appeared on the favorite TV dancing show American Bandstand, and her follow up single, “Keep Your Hands off My Baby,” made it to the top 20 later that year. After attempts, nevertheless, failed to catch on with fans. Vocalist. Produced Eva Narcissus Boyd on June 29, 1943, inBelhaven, North Carolina.Plucked from close obscurity, Little Eva reached the peak of the pop charts with all the infectious dancing tune, “The Loco-Motion,” just to find that fame may be fleeting. Eva first began singing in church as a kid. Moving to New York City region around 1960, Eva expected to make this in the music business. But Eva’s ticket to success really came from a babysitting job.
The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King had a young kid and were expecting another one when King asked Little Eva if she’d want to consider babysitting for them. Gerry agreed, oblivious of what lay in store for her. Intrigued by such success dancing tunes as Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” Goffin and King composed “The Loco-Motion.” (Some reports claim the tune’s dancing was inspired by some moves that Eva would do around the Goffin-King household.) They requested Little Eva to record the tune’s demo, which turned out so nicely that it was eventually released as a single. The tune reached the number one to the pop as well as the rhythm and blues charts in 1962 and made Little Eva a star. Little appeared to the most popular television dance show, American Bandstand, and traveled across the state and even abroad to perform.
The followup single, “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby,” made it to the top 20 after that year. Distinguished from her husband, James Harris, Little Eva raised their three kids on her own, working menial jobs to create ends meet. The couple afterwards made up before his passing in 1983. Little also started touring again with an oldies show, which likewise featured such acts as Little Richard. For many years, Little Eva loved performing as a part of early 1960s music tours. She needed to quit in 2001 when she became too sick to work.