Jamaican star Millie Small dies aged 73

Jamaican star Millie Small dies aged 73

Jamaican singer, Millie Small, most famous for ‘My Boy Lollipop’, has died at the age of 73 after suffering a stroke.

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell announced her death and remembered her as “a sweet person… really special”.

‘My Boy Lollipop’ remains one of the biggest-selling ska songs of all time, with more than seven million sales.

Born Millicent Small in Clarendon, south Jamaica, the singer was one of seven brothers and five sisters, raised on the sugar plantation where her father was an overseer.

At the age of 12, she won a talent contest at the Palladium Theatre in Montego Bay; and by her teens, she was recording for Sir Coxone Dodd’s Studio One label in Kingston.