Top Song 50 Years Ago; #15

The next song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was The Loco-Motion by Little Eva. Eva Narcissus Boyd as a teenager worked as a maid. Also to supplement her income she worked as a babysitter for Carole King and her husband Gerry Goffin. They would write the song and they had Eva record it as a demo with Carole singing backup. The song was intended for Dee Dee Sharp but when producer Don Kirshner heard the demo, he decided it should be released with Eva. Eva only had a couple more songs to hit the charts but none would come close to the top. As her career waned, Eva would moved back to North Carolina where she was born. She fell on hard times and died in 2003 of cancer without any money left from her singing career. A simple white cross marked her grave until 2008 when a TV station in Raleigh, NC did a report on Eva. After that a large tombstone with a locomotive on it was placed on Eva’s grave. See a photo of her tombstone here on Find A Grave.

Loco-Motion was the number one song on the Billboard chart for only the week of Aug. 19 – 25, 1962. It was the number one song on the Cash Box charts for 3 weeks (Aug. 12 – Sept. 1).

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The video below is the song as recorded in 1962 with clips of Little Eva performing the song on the TV show Shindig in 1965.