Millie Small has just passed away after suffering a stroke at 73 years young.
Good Friend Horace was kind enough to provide the information needed when asked whether it’s true Millie Small had lived in Singapore. Thanks Horace.
Below is his reply:
In response to a question that it was mentioned on BBC that she lived in Singapore for a short while. She had Jamaica’s first million selling single from the UK.
I was in the band that backed her, during her shows here, when she had the ‘My Boy Lollipop’ hit. Many years later probably late 70’s or early 80’s she lived in Singapore for a while, writing songs, some with a distinctive Singlish flavour. She came to see me to see if I’d be interested in producing some of the songs she had written. One I recall was “Act-See Man” and had various local phrases in her lyrics. She was ahead probably of the Singlish movement and I guess nothing came of it.
She was really petite (Small) in size.
RIP Millie Small. 🙏
Condolences to Ms Small’s family, close relatives, friends and fans.
Looks like I “was there” witnessing the birth of what eventually became reggae. 😊. Some people have noted that I’m one of the fortunate ones that have lived from the dawn of Rock and Roll right through history. Guess one way to describe my life is, “I’ve walked beside music history”- And that matters!
By: HORACE WEE.