Millicent Small, 6 October 1946, Clarendon, Jamaica) was often
known as "Little Millie Small", and in the United States as "Millie Small", and is best known as the
singer of the 1964 hit, "My Boy
Millie is the daughter of a sugar
overseer. In her teens, she and Roy Panton recorded
for Coxsone Dodd
One record label
as 'Roy and
Millie.' They had a minor local hit
with "We'll Meet".
1963 she went to Forest Hill, London to make her
fourth recording, an Ernest Ranglin
rearrangement of "My Boy Lollipop," which had seen original release
by Barbie Gaye in late 1956. Released in March 1964, Small's cover was a massive hit, reaching number two
both in the UK Singles Chart and in
Billboard Hot 100
. It also
. Initially it sold over 600,000 copies in the
sales, album usage and compilation
inclusions, the song has since
sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
Lollipop" was doubly significant in British pop music history.
It was the first major
hit for Island Records
was actually released via Fontana
because Chris Blackwell
Island's owner, did not want to overextend the label's then-meagre
resources; in the U.S. the record appeared on the Smash Records
subsidiary of Mercury Records
), and Small was the first
artist to have a hit that was recorded in the bluebeat
style. (She was billed as 'The Blue Beat
Girl' on the single's label in the U.S.) This was a music genre
that had recently emerged from
Jamaica, and which, as with ska
, was a direct
ancestor of reggae
Millie continued to tour and perform up to the early 1970s.
She had a brief relationship with Peter
of the 1960s duo Peter
in Singapore from 1971 to 1973 before returning to the UK which is now
She has an adult daughter, who is studying
and the music
- Shenley Duffas: "Give To Get" b/w Shenley & Millie: "What
You Gonna Do", 7": Island WI 036, 1963
||"Don't You Know" / "Until You're Mine"
||"My Boy Lollipop"
||"I Love The Way You Love" / "Bring It On Home To Me"
||"I've Fallen In Love With A Snowman" / "What Am I Living
|"See You Later
Alligator" / "Chilly Kisses"
|"My Street" / "It's Too Late"
|"Bloodshot Eyes" / "Tongue Tied"
||"My Street" / "A Mixed Up Fickle Moody Self-centred, Spoiled
Kind Of Boy"
|"Killer Joe" / "Carry Go Bring Come"
||"You Better Forget" / "I Am In Love"
|"Chicken Feed" / "Wings Of A Dove"
||"When I Dance With You" / "Hey Mr. Love"
||"Readin' Writin' Arithmetic" / "I Want You Never To Stop"
- Millie was not a one-hit wonder.
example, subsequent recordings such as "Sweet William" and
"Bloodshot Eyes", both charted in the UK at numbers
30 and 48, respectively.
- Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN