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Like most artists, my old work makes me wince. I look at Ozy and Millie and I see its flaws vividly. But I also see thousands of little lessons learned.

These hits brought her to the attention of Chris Blackwell who became her manager and legal guardian, who in late 1963 took her to Forest Hill , London , where she was given intensive training in dancing and diction . [2] There she made her fourth recording, an Ernest Ranglin rearrangement of " My Boy Lollipop ", a song originally released by Barbie Gaye in late 1956. [2] Released in March 1964, Small's version was a massive hit, reaching number two both in the UK Singles Chart [3] and in the US Billboard Hot 100 , and number three in Canada. [4] It also topped the chart in Australia . Initially it sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom . [5] Including singles sales, album usage and compilation inclusions, the song has since sold more than seven million copies worldwide. [1] [6] Her later recordings, "Sweet William" and "Bloodshot Eyes", also charted in the UK, at numbers 30 and 48 respectively, [3] and "Sweet William" also peaked at number 40 in the US, her only other American chart single. "My Boy Lollipop" re-charted in the UK in 1987 at no. 46. [7]

Meanwhile, in London, Chris Blackwell, Jamaican record producer and distributor, was trying to promote the Ska, a Jamaican dance, popular in his native country. Taken from an original revival dance, handed down from generation to generation, it became the rage with Jamaican youth in its modern form. Jamaicans also discarded Calypsos to dance to the music of their ancestors. Blackwell was convinced the Ska, which he called the Blue Beat in London, could start a new dance rage. He released record after record, but nothing happened. Nothing happened, that is, until he decided to journey back home to find Millie Small, the little girl with the big exciting voice. He had a hunch Millie could do the trick and introduce the world to the exciting native rhythm. Would her parents let her go to a strange world? Would a Beatle-loving nation listen to a mere slip of a girl from Jamaica? Chris gambled against the Liverpool odds, and won. In July 1963, with Millie in tow, he boarded a jet for London; a journey that was to spell international fame for the youngster. In Millie's hometown, the sleepy village of Clarendon, where she was born on October 8th 1947, her proud family waited for word of Millie's success in far-away England. "When I was going to Britain, my seven brothers and five sisters went running around the island telling all their friends that their baby sister (I'm the youngest) was going to live in a big house in London and would become a big star," says Millie. "I had to make good, for their sake."

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