Little Eva: …Carole [King] had one daughter, Lulu, and she was pregnant at the time [with her second daughter, Sherry Goffin… And she asked me did I want to baby-sit. So I said, “Well, yeah, because in between sessions I’m gonna need some money.”
Gerry Goffin: She would always sing along to the songs we were writing in our little apartment. I came up with the idea [to have her sing on the demo]. Ethnic voices were what was in. Unsophisticated voices.
Carole King: Eva sang, and I sang background with her. And it was the first in a long line—right up to and including my next album—of demos that become masters.
Little Eva: Gerry already thought that it would be a hit with me singing. So he took it in to them to listen, Al Nevins and Don Kirshner. And they listened to it, and you know, it just hit ’em.
Gerry Goffin: For a while [after the song became a hit], she said, “Don’t worry, I’m still gonna work for you, I’m not gonna think about being a star.” And then, two weeks later, she’s touring.
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