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Little Eva
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    (June 29, 1943-April 10, 2003)
    Birth name was Eva Boyd
    Recorded 'The Loco-Motion,' 'Keep Your Hands off My Baby,' 'Hula Hoppin',' 'Let's Turkey Trot' and 'Swingin' on a Star' (duet with Big Dee Irwin)
    Died of cervical cancer at age 59
    She was under 5 feet (thus the 'Little' Eva).
    Her middle name was Narcissus.
    The song 'He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)' by The Crystals was written about the abuse she suffered from her boyfriend (whom she married).
    She was labeled a 'dance craze singer' and couldn't match her early '60s success.
    She was on welfare for most of the '70s and '80s.
    She baby sat for the Gerry Goffin/Carole King songwriting duo.
    'The Loco-Motion' hit #1 on Billboard's singles chart in 1962.
    The song reappeared on the U.K. charts and was a #11 hit for her again in 1972.
    The song was a #1 hit in 1974 for Grand Funk and #3 hit in 1988 for Kylie Minogue.
    She was rediscovered after the Minogue version and got off welfare by performing on oldies circuits until her death.

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