[5] Released in March 1964, Small's version (on which she was credited simply as "Millie") was a massive hit.

By Tom Graves : Articles, reviews and interviews from Rock's Backpages", "Dennis Brown, Millie Small & Dobby Dobson Get National Awards", LOLLIPOP DREAMS – Millie Small plans JA concert, "Millie Small, My Boy Lollipop singer, dies aged 73", "Millie Small dies; Blackwell remembers her as 'a special person, "Millie Small death: 'My Boy Lollipop' singer dies of stroke aged 73", 1964 biographical article from Teenville magazine, Article on her 60th birthday in Jamaica Gleaner, The Millie Small TV Show on Finnish Television, 1964, "My Street" / "Mixed Up, Fickle, Lonely, Self-Centred, Spoiled Kind of Boy", "My Love and I" / "Tell Me All About Yourself", "Readin' Writin' Arithmetic" / "I Want You Never to Stop". Her popularity brought her to the attention of Anglo-Jamaican entrepreneur Chris Blackwell, who was convinced of her wider international potential, and became her manager and legal guardian.

Career Small's career started in the early 1960s, first as a duo called Roy (Panton) and Millie, then either as Millie, Miss Millie Small, or Millie Small. He paired her with singer Owen Gray, and they made several records together, including "Sugar Plum", which became a local hit. She performed "My Boy Lollipop", "What Am I Living For" and "See You Later, Alligator".[6].

In the interview she discusses fully her early career and the full impact of "My Boy Lollipop". [2] She was one of seven brothers and five sisters.

On 6 August 2011, being the 49th anniversary of the country's independence, the Governor-General of Jamaica conferred the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) upon Millicent (Millie) Dolly May Small, for her contribution to the Jamaican music industry. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date?

[5], Millie Small died on 5 May 2020 in London, reportedly from a stroke. [4] Like many Jamaican singers of the era, her career began by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest, which she won at the age of twelve. [4][21] News of her death was first announced to the Jamaica Observer by Chris Blackwell,[4] who last met Small some 12 years before her death. ✪ Millie Small - What Am I Living For (The Millie Show - YLE TV Finland - 1964), ✪ Millie Small - Sweet William (The Millie Show - YLE TV Finland - 1964).

Small was the first artist to have a hit that was recorded in the bluebeat style, a music genre that was a direct ancestor of reggae. [20] In her August 2016 interview with U.S. journalist Tom Graves she said the relationship had been platonic. [1][5] Millie was not a one-hit wonder. Her early Jamaican recordings were also reissued to take advantage of her popularity.

She was billed as "The Blue Beat Girl" on the single's label in the US. She had a brief relationship with Peter Asher of the 1960s duo Peter & Gordon.

In the US it was issued as My Boy Lollipop, with a slightly different selection of tracks. Initially it sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. Millicent Dolly May Small CD (born 6 October 1946), better known professionally as Millie Small and also known simply as Millie, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, best known for her 1964 cover version of "My Boy Lollipop". She performed "My Boy Lollipop", "What Am I Living For", and "See You Later, Alligator".

Please help LyricWiki to expand it. [8], In July 2012 she stated that she had been recording again and planned to perform in Jamaica for the first time in over 40 years. [9] She then recorded for the Trojan label, her first single combining a version of Nick Drake's "Mayfair" with her own song, the politically-inspired and defiant "Enoch Power", which faced a radio ban but re-established her profile among the British Caribbean community.

Her eighth single in Britain, a version of Wynonie Harris' "Bloodshot Eyes", was her last UK chart success, reaching number 48 in late 1965, but she continued to tour successfully in Australia and Africa.

[1][2], These hits brought her to the attention of Chris Blackwell who became her manager and legal guardian, who in late 1963 took her to Forest Hill, London, where she was given intensive training in dancing and diction.

They had further successes working with Dodd, as well with producer Lindon Pottinger, including the local hit "Marie" in 1963; and then with Prince Buster. [3][5], Her first recording in London, "Don't You Know", made little impact when released by Fontana Records in late 1963, but for her next recording Blackwell recruited guitarist and arranger Ernest Ranglin to oversee the session. However, after a short period with President Records, she ended her recording career soon afterwards. [15], In 1987, during a rare interview with Thames News, it was revealed that Small was destitute and had taken to living in a hostel with her toddler daughter. For example, subsequent recordings such as "Sweet William" and "Bloodshot Eyes", both charted in the UK at numbers 30 and 48, respectively.[3]. Small was the first artist to have a hit that was recorded in the bluebeat style, a music genre that was a direct ancestor of reggae. However, after a short period with President Records, she ended her recording career soon afterwards.

She said she remembered the sessions well and recalls Stewart being asked to play. [5] She had a daughter, Jaelee, born in 1984, who studied art and the music industry and is a singer-songwriter.

Millicent Dolly May "Millie" Small, CD (born 6 October 1946), is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, best known for her 1964 recording of "My Boy Lollipop". [5] Wishing to pursue a career as a singer, she moved to live with relatives in Love Lane in Kingston. She had a brief relationship with Peter Asher of the 1960s duo Peter & Gordon.

After returning to Britain she made further recordings with Jackie Edwards, including the album Pledging My Love, and also appeared on the compilation album Ska at the Jamaica Playboy Club, singing on one track with the then-unknown Jimmy Cliff. [8][17] The award was accepted on her behalf by Seaga. It also topped the chart in Australia. "My Boy Lollipop" (originally "My Girl Lollypop") is a song written in the mid-1950s by Robert Spencer of the doo-wop group The Cadillacs, and usually credited to Spencer, Morris Levy, and Johnny Roberts.It was first recorded in New York in 1956 by Barbie Gaye.


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