Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15: ADULTS ONLY! R&B/soul singer-songwriter and “bawdy, brash and bad” comedienne Millie Jackson is 69-years-old today.

Mildred "Millie" Jackson was born in Thomson, Georgia, the daughter of a sharecropper. Her mother died when she was a child and subsequently, she and her father moved to Newark, New Jersey then Brooklyn, NY. She occasionally worked as a model for magazines like JIVE and Sepia.

Jackson's singing career reportedly began on a dare to enter a 1964 Harlem nightclub talent contest, which she won. Although she first recorded for MGM Records in 1970, she soon left and began a long association with New York-based Spring Records. Her first single to chart was 1971's deceptively titled "A Child of God (It's Hard to Believe)," which reached number 22 on the R&B charts.

In 1972, Jackson had her first R&B Top Ten single with the follow-up, "Ask Me What You Want,” then "My Man, A Sweet Man." She co-wrote all three songs. The following year brought her biggest single success and her third Top Ten hit, "It Hurts So Good." The single was featured in the "blaxploitation" film Cleopatra Jones.

In 1974, she released the album Caught Up, which introduced her innovative style of raunchy rap. The featured release was her version of Luther Ingram's million-seller, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right,” for which she received two Grammy nominations. By now, she had switched producers to work only with Brad Shapiro, recording at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama with the renowned Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. She continued to record most of her material for Spring there, including the follow-up album, Still Caught Up.

Over the next ten years, Jackson had a string of successful albums and numerous R&B chart entries, the biggest being her 1977 version of Merle Haggard’s country hit "If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday.” That hit single was followed by many more, including her version of the disco single, "Never Change Lovers In The Middle of The Night."

Jackson recorded an album in 1979 with Isaac Hayes called Royal Rappin's and the same year saw her release a double album, Live And Uncensored, recorded in concert at The Roxy in Los Angeles. They also had a major hit in 1976 with "Sometimes."

Jackson found herself without a label when Spring closed down in 1984, but in 1986, she signed with Jive Records in a deal that produced four albums and resulted in further R&B Top Ten hits with "Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love" and "Love Is a Dangerous Game.”

In 1991, she wrote, produced and starred in the successful touring play Young Man, Older Woman, based on her album of the same title for Ichiban.

Jackson may be most famous for her album covers, which frequently appear on "worst ever" lists. Her vocal performances are often distinguished by long, humorous, and explicit spoken sections in her music, which she started doing on stage to get the attention of the audience. She has also recorded songs in a disco or dance music style and even some country styled songs.

Jackson now runs her own record label, Weird Wreckuds. After a lengthy hiatus from recording, she released her 2002 album, Not For Church Folk, which marked a return to her "tell-it-like-it-is" lyrical style and Urban contemporary sound. The album features the hit singles "Butt-A-Cize," and "Leave Me Alone." The album also features a collaboration with rapper Da Brat on the edgy song "In My Life."

On February 6, 2012, the documentary, "Unsung - The Story of Mildred "Millie" Jackson" aired on the TV One network.

Millie is R& B singer Keisha Jackson’s mother.


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