The heartbreaking news has just come in that “My Boy Lollipop” singer Millie Small has passed away at the age of seventy-three.
Keep scrolling to read about her astounding life…
She was seventy-three-years-old.
The Jamaican singer impacted so many lives…
But firstly, let’s take a look back at her incredible life and legacy.
Millie was the daughter of a plantation overseer.
Her career began by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest, which she won at the age of twelve.
She then moved to Kingston, Jamaica, and lived with relatives as she embarked on this ambitious career.
She sang “Sugar Plum” with Owen Grey and she later recorded with Roy Panton for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One record label as “Roy and Millie.”
They had a local hit called “We’ll Meet.”
These hits brought in a lot of attention…
Including the attention of Chris Blackwell, who became her manager and legal guardian.
In late 1963, he took her to Forest Hill, London, where she was given intensive training in dancing and diction.
And this was also when she recorded her own version of Barbie Gaye’s “My Boy Lollipop” which went down very well with critics.
This track went on to become a significant sound of British pop history, with it selling over 600,000 copies in the U.K. alone.
With a staggering 7 million sales worldwide.
Including “Sweet William” and “Bloodshot Eyes.”
But she later lived in places like Singapore and New Zealand.
And she clearly passed the talent down to her daughter who went on to be a singer and songwriter also.
And reports have come in releasing the heartbreaking news that she passed away in her London home on the 5th of May 2020 at the age of seventy-three.
And it’s true when fans describe her as a “Jamaican groundbreaker.”
Her music is known by everyone…
And she will forever be remembered as a music legend.
“She was such a sweet person, really a sweet person. Very funny, great sense of humor. She was really special,” he told The Jamaican Observer.
The BBC reported that Millie passed away after suffering from a fatal stroke.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family during this terrible time.