#226 Little Eva / Roger Ruskin Spear – 29 June 1943

Little Eva

Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage name of Little Eva (after a character from Uncle Tom’s Cabin), was an American pop singer. As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. They had written “The Loco-Motion” and had her record it as a demo. Music producer Don Kirshner of Dimension Records was impressed by the song and Boyd’s voice and had it released.The song reached #1 in the United States in 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Roger Ruskin Spear

Roger Ruskin Spear (born 29 June 1943 in Hammersmith, London) is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinet, piano, guitars, percussion) who was a founding member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, staying with it until its end.


Also born on this day :
Soon-Tek Oh is a Korean-American actor best known for the voice of Fa Zhou in Disney’s Mulan
Maureen O’Brien is an English actress and author.
John Northey is a former Australian rules football player and coach
Bob Brunning is a British musician
Roger Young is a former Ireland international rugby union player
Antoni Torres was a Spanish footballer .
Jacquetta Eliot, Countess of St Germans is the third daughter of Miles Wedderburn Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn.
Fred Robsahm is a Norwegian film actor.
Virginia Foxx is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district,
Gene Littles is a retired American basketball player
Michael Phillips is a film producer.
Bill Watters is a Canadian sports media personality
Tarja Cronberg is a Finnish politician and former Minister of Labour
Gerhard Auer is a German rower who competed for West Germany in the 1972 Summer Olympics

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