Millie Small born Millicent Small on October 6,1946 in Milk River Clarendon Jamaica.
Before she started her solo career, she was part of the duet called "Roy and Millie". Roy's Full Name is Roy Panton. They both did work with Sir Coxsone Dodd's Studio One.
In 1963 she left Jamaica for Great Britain, this was with the help of reggae promoter Chris Blackwell. Her first recording there was "Don't You Know" which didn't do very well for her.
But 1964 was the year for her, one of if not her biggest hit "My Boy Lollipop" was recorded and released. It was released onthe Fontana Record Label.
Lollipop peak at #2 on the US Billboard hot 100 and Britain's Singles chart.
She is regarded as the most successful Jamaican singer. She has sold more than seven (7) Million records and counting.
She was known or called in the "Blue Beat Girl" across the Caribbean.
Research is also showing that her hit "My Boy Lollipop" is the #3 top seller in 1964, Only out sold by the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Although she is not touring anymore Millie is still in 2010, writing and recording song in UK where she lives.
The Reggae music industry plunge into mourning on May 6, 2020 after news broke that the veteran singer Millie Small had passed.
She died in the United Kingdom on May 5th, 2020 at the age of 73 after suffering a stroke.
The voice behind My Boy Lollipop, the 1964 ska classic which remains one of the biggest-selling ska songs of all time, with more than seven million in sales, Millie Small had been in retirement for decades.