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There are 3 artists named Millie: (1) Millie (born 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 Lollipop”. Millie is the daughter of a sugar plantation overseer. In her teens, she was part of a duo called ‘Roy and Millie’ (with Roy Panton) and was recording for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One record label. They had a minor local hit with “We’ll Meet”. In late 1963 she went to Forest Hill, London to make her fourth recording, an Ernest Ranglin rearrangement of “My Boy Lollipop”, which had originally been recorded and released 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 the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the chart in Australia. Initially it sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. Including singles sales, album usage and compilation inclusions, the song has since sold more than seven million copies worldwide. “My Boy Lollipop” was doubly significant in British pop music history. It was the first major hit for Island Records (although it was actually released via Fontana Records 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. (2) Millie Corretjer Maldonado (b. April 18, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican singer and actress. At the age of 14, she hosted a Puerto Rican television show named La Nueva Ola (The New Wave). At 21, she released the album Sola (Alone), which sent three of her songs to the Billboard lists. In 1997, she released her second album, Emociones (Emotions). Her third album, 1998’s Amar es un Juego garnered her a golden album in Puerto Rico, her song De Hoy en Adelante (From Today On) staying on the Billboard charts for six weeks. On October 5, 2001, she married former world boxing champion, Oscar de la Hoya in a secret ceremony in San Juan. On May 5, 2005, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. On December 29 of that same year, she gave birth to Oscar Gabriel de la Hoya in San Juan, Puerto Rico (3) Millie is a dub techno/dubstep artist, currently recording for the Daphne record label, occasionally with Andrea (see Millie and Andrea). From Boomkat.com: Following on from the crazy hookup with her disruptive half sister Andrea for Daphne001, the second salvo on the Daphne label sees Millie flying solo for two tracks of deep and barely managable bass flamboyance to mess with yo minds. As opposed to the more temperamental ruffage of Daphne001, this second salvo opens with a more woozy agenda in mind on “Sample Clearance”, substituting menace with space for a squashed variation that keeps things deep and heavy in a Hessle Audio meets Chain Reaction sort of way. “Path To Hell” on the flipside revolves around percussive fragments with a hauntological agenda - ghostly, almost-there loops oozing out the auditory remnants of the entire ardkore continuum dissolving into a smoky, narcotic haze. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.

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MY BOY LOLLIPOP

My Boy Lollipop
Last Played on May 03, 2012 12:10pm