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Millie Jackson

Millie Jackson's first taste of singing in front of an audience occurred one night at the famed nightclub Smalls Paradise. Sitting in the audience with friends, Jackson heckled the lady onstage and, when dared to do better, she stepped up to belt Ben E. King's "Don't Play It No More." Jackson was hired for another gig within two weeks, but didn't get paid. A gentleman by the name of Tony Rice took her to a venue in Hoboken, NJ, a couple of weeks later and then on to Brooklyn, NY, to perform for a nominal fee.

Born in Thompson, GA, Jackson lived with her grandmother prior to moving to Newark, NJ, to live with her father in 1958. She grew up influenced by the sounds of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and later, the O'Jays. Her first single to chart was 1971's deceptively titled "A Child of God (It's Hard to Believe)," which many thought was a gospel track. Due to its heated lyrical content, the single was canceled, but still managed to peak at number 22 on the R&B charts. In the spring of 1972, Jackson had her first R&B Top Ten single with "Ask Me What You Want." She kept busy performing in nightclubs and enjoyed her second consecutive Top Ten single with "My Man, A Sweet Man" in August of 1972; it peaked at number seven. (Ironically, the song was not one of Jackson's favorites.) A year later, Jackson, whose vocal texture is similar to one of her idols, Gladys Knight, had her third Top Ten single with the moderately paced "Hurts So Good," which peaked at number three on the R&B charts and made the pop Top 40. The single bore the title of her album and was also featured on the movie soundtrack for Cleopatra Jones. Jackson produced the album with Brad Shapiro. However, she was only given credit for the album concept. In Jackson's own words, "...that's when they (label owners) met the real Millie Jackson." Thereafter, she was given credit for her efforts.

In January of 1975, Jackson released the album that would introduce what would later become her trademark rap style of racy, raunchy language; her audience loved it. The album was Caught Up and the featured release was "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right," for which she received two Grammy nominations. Jackson openly admits that she never had singing lessons and never thought she could sing. Consequently, she began to talk (or what was commonly known at the time as rap) on her songs in a blunt, candid manner to make up for the shortcoming and had her fourth Top Ten single with country singer Merle Haggard's "If You're Not Back in Love by Monday" (Billboard country charts number two). Jackson's version peaked at number five on the R&B charts. Over the next ten years, Jackson had numerous Top 100 singles for Spring Records. In 1986, she signed with Jive and released her fifth and sixth Top Ten singles in "Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love" and "Love Is a Dangerous Game, both respectively peaking at number nine and six on the R&B charts. In addition to her impressive music career, Jackson wrote the play Young Man, Older Woman; the play toured for four years. Her attention, though, has turned to the broadcast booth as a radio program host on the afternoon radio show in Dallas, TX. According to Billboard, Jackson is one of the top R&B acts to ever record or step onto a stage and is still giving her fans what they want as a radio host and a performer. ~ Craig Lytle, Rovi
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Grown Folks
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thriller
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This the jammmm
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Millie Jackson was our lil kim back in the day love her my mom use to play her music all the time when she had company and thay be sitting around drinking and partying
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Loving Millie Jackson and her music
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Millie j BOMB.COM LOVE. ALL HER SONGS
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Millie Jackson and Betty Wright keep it real
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Girls. Night. Holloing loud playing cards talking mucho s--t men couldn't say s--t Great old days!!! Shut!! Up enough said Yeah!!!!!!
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MILLIE. You are the it girl...
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Love millie jackson Betty wright
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Millie gives it to raw and uncut, straight with no chaser
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There's no telling whats going to come out of Millie's mouth but she is a barrel of laughs and always tells the truth.
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I love this woman she represents to the fullest ....Tell the truth millie 5stars
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Stone-Cold Super-Badd Party-Starte r
~H-Town Up Mo-City Down~
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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I love your music
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I love me some MILLIE!
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A True Legend.
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This the s**t.. .for real.......
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I Should Be So Lucky.
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Luv u Millie...... . LISTEN LADIES
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A real Warrior.
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She is the real rapper of all women.....ta k e notes girls.......
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Best song ever.
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Song Lover's and Girlfriends. . . L o v e Uncensored. Is the name of the song and Album your inquiring about.
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kintrel
Sing it Millie!!! :-)
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Nuthin but da D@MN truth!
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It's hard to believe they are children of god. Hey.
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One of best concerts in my life. This chick puts on a great Show.
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THE VERY VERY BEST
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Love her she's the truth
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Millie is alright with me she is one in a million. She tells like it is. Right on sister keep going what you do may God bless you for your gift


million thanks millie
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Millie when is your next CD coming. you are still a bad...'...
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Oh yea !! Millie set it on fire ... She the real of the realest..com e back millie and these us women in shape
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geraldinehar v e y 1 9
I miss her! Where is she today?
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love her music especially Taking my life back
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She keep it real........ .
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does Millie still make albums? I really like her
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Love Millie!!!!!
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I love her music
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Yi
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Would love to see Millie in concert, please come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast
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Millie, can not be forgotten, these young people need to be introduced to a real artist.
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Love me some Millie!
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love her music
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Millie is a good artist i have always like what she told people about love she told the truth. GO MILLIE
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That lady can sing love the Blues
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mae25
I attend a Blues concert last weekend featuring Millie Jackson and other great Blues Artists, However Millie was the Greatest of all. There is NO stopping a woman like Millie she is a beautiful lady and to the point I have been loving and listening to Millie for many years.
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thats my girl
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I call Millie my aunt, I said we're related somehow cause I talk just like her..Blunt and to the point(maybe it's that Southern thang). :-)
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