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'Locomotion' singer to get monument at Black Bottom Cemetery

Posted August 12, 2008

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— In the eastern North Carolina town of Belhaven, there is an old cemetery in disrepair. It is an all-black graveyard known as Black Bottom Cemetery.

On the edge of that cemetery, in an all but unmarked grave, lies Eve Boyd, better known as Little Eva, the singer of the ‘60s hit song "Locomotion." Her family couldn’t afford much when she was buried.

After seeing a story on WRAL-TV, a local monument-maker has come forward and, as part of the cemetery’s overall restoration, has volunteered to help build a proper monument to the pop star. His efforts are just getting under way.

Stay tuned. WRAL News will follow the progress.

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  • Jimm57 Aug 13, 2008

    Everybody's doin' a brand-new dance, now
    (Come on baby, do the Loco-motion)
    I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now
    (Come on baby, do the Loco-motion)
    My little baby sister can do it with me;
    It's easier than learning your A-B-C's,
    So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me. You gotta swing your hips, now. Come on, baby. Jump up. Jump back. Well, now, I think you've got the knack.

    Now that you can do it, let's make a chain, now. (Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) A chug-a chug-a motion like a railroad train, now. (Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) Do it nice and easy, now, don't lose control: A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul. So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me.

    Move around the floor in a Loco-motion. (Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) Do it holding hands if you get the notion. (Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) There's never been a dance that's so easy to do. It even makes you happy when you're fre