Millicent Dolly May Small CD (born 6 October 1946), better known professionally as Millie Small and also known simply as Millie, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, best known for her 1964 cover version of "My Boy Lollipop". Her other stage names include Little Millie Small.
Millie was 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 was taken to London by Chris Blackwell to make her fourth recording, an Ernest Ranglin rearrangement of “My Boy Lollipop”, which had originally been recorded and released by white R&B singer Barbie Gaye in late 1956, becoming a minor hit in the New York area.
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. Including singles sales, album usage and compilation inclusions, the song has since sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
“Lollipop” turned Millie into an instant international star, performing with the Beatles on the Fab Four’s BBC-TV special. Then hosting her own TV special on Finnish National Television. She also performed on the British TV Show “Ready, Steady, Go” (These can be seen on YouTube.com), the ABC-TV Show “Shindig”, and had a starring role in a BBC-TV dramatic presentation.
Millie sang the Bournvita ads on the radio in Nigeria back in the late 1960s
50s, 60s Hits
My Boy Lollipop
My Boy Lollipop
My boy lollipop, you made my heart go giddy up
You are as sweet as candy, you're my sugar dandy
Ha, ho My boy lollipop
Never ever leave me
Because it would grieve me
My heart told me so
I love you, I love you, I love you so
That I want you to know
I need you, I need you, I need you so
And I'll never let you go
My boy lollipop
You make my heart go giddy up
You set my world on fire you are my one desire
My boy lollipop, my boy lollipop