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My Boy Lollipop (2:00)

60s · fip · oldies · ska · reggae

"My Boy Lollipop" is a song written in the mid-1950s and usually credited to Robert Spencer, Morris Levy and Johnny Roberts. It was originally recorded by the American singer Barbie Gaye and became a minor Rhythm & Blues hit in late 1956, spelled "My Boy Lollypop" on the original 78 record label. It is most famous, however, for the 1964 recording by Jamaican singer Millie Small which is considered the first international ska…

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  • Cute song
  • Strange voice...didn't like this song way back when, still don't!
  • Unique voice
  • Thanks,Jette ;-)
  • "In 1964, The Five Dimensions were hired to provide backing for Jamaican singer Millie Small on her hit recording of My Boy Lollipop. ...according to guitarist Kenny White, it was occasional band member Pete Hogman who played on the session. Pete apparently looked very much like Rod in appearance so it's likely that Millie Small's manager Chris Blackwell (who also managed Birmingham's Spencer Davis Group) was mistaken in identifying him. Other sources have also claimed John "Junior" Wood of the Jeff Beck Group as being the likely contender. According to Jimmy Powell though, none of the above stories are correct. "I played harmonica on My Boy Lollipop and Mike Carroll did the clapping" says Jimmy. In addition, Jimmy Powell was also hired by Jack Goode to play the harmonica on P.J. Proby's 1964 hit Hold Me and if you listen to this record you can hear the similarity in the playing which indeed supports Jimmy's claim." www.brumbeat.net/jimmypow.htm
  • Was it Jimmy Powell or Pete Hogman on harmonica? ~~~ JP: "I did the recording. I did the harmonica part." http://www.brumbeat.net/ijpowell.htm ~~~ PH: "I played harmonica and Ernest Ranglin played a black Gibson." http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=5305
  • i luv it SO
  • thats... Mr.Lollipop.. to you
  • godmother of ska

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