After leaving home at the age of 13 to further her singing career in Kingston, Millie recorded several tracks with producer Coxsone Dodd, who teamed her with Roy Panton. As Roy And Millie, they achieved local success with 'We'll Meet' and 'Oh, Shirley' and caught the attention of entrepreneur Chris Blackwell. On 22 June 1964, Millie accompanied Blackwell to the UK and recorded Harry Edwards' 'Don't You Know', before being presented with the catchy 'My Boy Lollipop', formerly a US R&B hit for Barbie Gaye, which became a UK number/US number 2 hit, the first crossover ska record. The famous harmonica solo was played by ex-5 Dimensions member Pete Hogman and not as often quoted Rod Stewart. However, chart fame proved ephemeral. A carbon-copy follow-up, 'Sweet William', was only a minor hit, and 'Bloodshot Eyes' failed to reach the Top 40. Thereafter, she languished in relative obscurity. Even a brief collaboration with Jackie Edwards in Jackie And Millie, and a nude photo-spread in a men's magazine failed to revitalize her career. Ultimately handicapped by her novelty hit, Millie's more serious work, such as the self-chosen Millie Sings Fats Domino, was sadly ignored. Not to be confused with the Puerto Rican pop singer of the same name.
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