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Millie Jackson

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Millie Jackson is an African-American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter and actress whose music has also explored Disco, Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock and even Country. Her powerful vocal performances are also distinguished by long, humorous, and explicit spoken sections in her music; her work from the 1970s and 1980s, is often cited as an influence on female rappers. She is the mother of Contemporary R&B singer, Keisha Jackson.

Millie Jackson was born in the small town of Thompson, Georgia, on 15 July 1944; she was the daughter of a sharecropper. Her mother died while Jackson was still a child, and subsequently she and her father moved to Newark, New Jersey. By the time she was in her mid-teens, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, and lived with an aunt. She occasionally worked as a model for magazines like Jive and Sepia.

Her career is said to have begun on a dare to enter a 1964 Harlem nightclub talent contest, which she soundly won.

Though she first recorded for MGM records, she soon left and began her long association with Spring records. Among her early hits was Hurts So Good which was featured in the blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones. During the 1970’s, she travelled the Southern club circuit along with other bands like The Mighty Majors. She is a former Grammy Award nominee for If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want to Be Right) from the album Caught Up. On that album, the follow-up Still Caught Up, and others, she was backed by the renowned Muscle Shoals rhythm section. Her voice is frequently compared to Gladys Knight’s.

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  • discotequedude

    "Keep The Home Fires Burning" <3

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    goodão

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    600 plays of Millie in my library with the song "Lovin' Your Good Thing Away".

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • japko

    just discovered her tonight. she's brilliant:)

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I've listened to Millie's songs 500 times now. The 500th scrobble being the "Hard Times" from the album with the same name.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    "Medley : Mess On Your Hands/Finger Rap/Mess On Your Hands" <3

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • RyanPC

    One of my all-time faves. I saw her on Friday in Washington, D.C. and she was stunning, energetic, and utterly outrageous and hilarious! Also got to meet her afterwards and she took an awesome pic with me and signed my CD of Back to the Shit! A class act!!!

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I am so glad I got to see Millie and her band perform live! They were excellent! Millie was funny and still eletrifying!

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Good Stuff ...... I enjoy the song and Millie enjoyed every dime this song brought her ..... This was a great song and still is ..... It's nice the purity of the vocals and instruments during that period of time .... Listening to Millie is just what you need ....

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • dustcakeboy

    +1 for her Unsung episode, she's fantastic.

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • sjm26b

    Raunchy stuff> early stuff

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    It is interesting to know that Millie has never liked this song either of her early hit songs "My Man, A Sweet Man" and "Ask Me What You Want." She did not like it because the songs does not really say anything. I get it because this song does not tell a story. As Millie put it "Who goes around saying (taps on your shouldler) "My man is a sweet man. My man is a man is a kind man. My man is a fine man. And he is mine, mine, all mine?" Nobody!." I believe this song was recorded and issued as a single because of what is it is. Both songs are catchy Northern Soul songs meant for radio airplay to bring Millie more exposure and for it to become a hit! In both respects, "My Man, A Sweet Man" and "Ask Me What You Want" succeeded spectaularly

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Damn! this is hot 'n' dirty.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mrsean20

    she's amazing

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • liquiddatura

    A lot of people know of her because of some of her album covers showing up "bad" or "shocking" best-of lists. i.e. ESP and Back to the Shit.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • gendervariant

    Her episode of "Unsung" is so awesome. I didn't know she was in Dallas, I wonder what her radio show is called.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • naynay1129

    love i cry

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CookieKentuki

    just for my soul

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    She may not be terribly well-known, but she is a living legend!!! [2]

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    The Queen of Raunchy! [2]

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
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