My Boy Lollipop

 
 


In Jamaica back in 1959, 21 year-old music fan Chris Blackwell set up Island Records and found early success with local talent. In 1962, he moved to London, bringing with him musicians and singers who would prove to be some of the most influential originators of Jamaican popular music, playing bluebeat, ska and reggae music.


There were singers such as Desmond Dekker and Jackie Edwards, musicians such as pianist Tony Washington and guitarist Ernest Ranglin (Jamaica’s most famous guitar player), and the little lady who gave record producer Chris Blackwell his first ‘monster’ hit, “My Boy Lollipop” by Millie Small! Originally released on record by US pop singer Barbie Gaye in 1956, Millie’s ‘hit’ version featured a great new brass section arrangement written by Ernest Ranglin.


Reaching number 2 in the UK Singles Chart on May 23rd 1964, and also reaching No.1 in Ireland and No. 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100, with initial sales of 600,000 copies in the  UK, this record has since sold more than 7 million copies worldwide when you include all the various release formats.


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here’s the thing...

A-Muso Quote...


Sax player Peter King said: “Playing to that bluebeat/ska rhythm gave me the hiccups by the end of the session!”

OLD FRIEND ESTHER ANDERSON SAYS...


“She was as popular as the Beatles, and not only in the UK, USA and Canada - it was a hit throughout the world.


It was No. 1 in the Charts in Ghana for six years and in Nigeria she was made a Chief! InJapan they bowed down to her and in Ireland they gave her a shillelagh to beat her husband with - ha ha!


Chris Blackwell became a millionaire. Millie now lives in a dark 1-room basement flat without proper heating, no medical care...


...on a £25 a week handout from one who promised her mother as her legal guardian that he would take care of her!”