Millie Jackson

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Millie Jackson
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Millie Jackson in concert.
Background information
Birth name Mildred Jackson
Born (1944-07-15) July 15, 1944 (age 69)
Origin Thomson, Georgia, United States
Genres Soul, disco, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, comedienne
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1964–present
Labels MGM Records (1970–1972)
Spring Records (1973–1984)
Jive Records (1985–1993)
Ichiban Records (1993–1997)
Weird Wreckuds (2000–present)
Associated acts Isaac Hayes, Betty Wright, Keisha Jackson, Joi, Facts of Life
Website

http://www.weirdwreckuds.com/

http://aj-productions.com/

Mildred "Millie" Jackson (born July 15, 1944) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and comedienne. Three of her albums have been certified gold by the RIAA for over 500,000 copies.

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. She is the mother of contemporary R&B singer, Keisha Jackson.

Early life[edit]

Born in Thomson, Georgia, Jackson is the daughter of a sharecropper. Her mother died when she was a child and subsequently, she and her father moved to Newark, New Jersey. By the time Jackson was in her mid-teens, she had moved to Brooklyn to live with an aunt. She occasionally worked as a model for magazines like JIVE and Sepia.

Career[edit]

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. Working with the label's in-house producer, Raeford Gerald, 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", which also reached the pop Top 30, then "My Man, A Sweet Man" reached #7 R&B; all three hits were co-written by Jackson. "My Man, A Sweet Man" retains its popularity today for northern soul enthusiasts and is played on the radio in the UK and quoted as an example from this musical genre[1] as is her 1976 recording, "A House for Sale".[2] The following year brought her biggest single success and her third Top Ten hit, "It Hurts So Good," which made #3 on the R&B charts and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The single was featured on the album of the same name and in the blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones, also appearing on that film's soundtrack along with the song "Love Doctor".

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 Boney M. song, the disco single, "Never Change Lovers In The Middle of The Night." This single peaked at #33 on the Black Singles chart in 1979.

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 Los Angeles venue, The Roxy. Jackson also formed and produced the group Facts of Life. They had a major hit in 1976 with "Sometimes" (#3 R&B, #31 Pop).

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". She appeared on an Elton John track in 1985, "Act Of War", which was a Top 40 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in the USA. 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 Jive.

On November 24, 1994, Jackson appeared in the Thanksgiving episode Feast or Famine of Martin as Florine.

In 2000, her voice featured in "Am I Wrong" by Etienne de Crécy, sampled from her performance in "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right".

Jackson may be most famous in the internet age for her album covers, which frequently appear on "worst ever" lists. E.S.P. (Extra Sexual Persuasion) features Jackson peering into a crystal ball that accentuates her cleavage; Back to the S t! depicts Jackson sitting on a toilet.[3][4]

Jackson now runs her own record label, Weird Wreckuds. After a lengthy hiatus from recording, she released her 2001 album, Not For Church Folk, which marked a return to her "tell-it-like-it-is" lyrical style with an Urban contemporary sound. The album features the singles "Butt-A-Cize" (a dance song) and "Leave Me Alone" (a ballad). The album also features a collaboration with rapper Da Brat on the song "In My Life."

Jackson had her own radio show in Dallas, Texas for 13 years. Broadcasting via remote from her home in Atlanta, Jackson worked in afternoon drive-time from 3-6 pm on KKDA 730 AM, until January 6, 2012.

In 2006, five of Jackson's best-selling albums – Millie Jackson (1972), It Hurts So Good (1973), Caught Up (1974), Still Caught Up (1975), and Feelin' Bitchy (1977) – were digitally remastered and released on CD with bonus tracks. All of Jackson's Spring Records-era albums are available from Ace Records in the UK.

An Imitation of Love was re-issued on CD in 2013 by the Funkytowngrooves label in a remastered, expanded edition. Other albums released on the Jive and Ichiban labels remain out of print, though some of those songs appear on compilation CDs.

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

Jackson performed at Washington, D.C.'s historic Howard Theatre on August 3, 2012, and at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York on August 4, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

She has two children, including Keisha Jackson in the 1960s before she was married and son Jerroll from the late 1970s.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US US
R&B
UK Certification
1972 Millie Jackson 166
1973 It Hurts So Good 175 13
1974 I Got To Try It One Time
1974 Caught Up 21 4
  • RIAA: Gold
1975 Still Caught Up 112 27
1976 Free And In Love 17
1977 Feelin' Bitchy 34 4
  • RIAA: Gold
1977 Lovingly Yours 175 44
1978 Get It Out'cha System 55 14
  • RIAA: Gold
1979 A Moment's Pleasure 144 47
1979 Royal Rappin's (with Isaac Hayes) 80 17
1979 Live & Uncensored 94 22 81
1980 For Men Only 100 23
1980 I Had To Say It 137 25
1981 Just a Li'l Bit Country 201 43
1982 Hard Times 201 29
1982 Millie Jackson "Live And Outrageous" (Rated XXX) 113 11
1983 E.S.P. (Extra Sexual Persuasion) 40 59
1986 An Imitation of Love 119 16
1988 The Tide Is Turning
1989 Back to the S t! 79
1991 Young Man, Older Woman
1993 Young Man, Older Woman: Cast Album
1994 Rock N' Soul
1995 It's Over
1997 The Sequel, It Ain't Over
2001 Not for Church Folk!

Singles[edit]

  • "A Child of God (It's Hard to Believe)" (US: #102)
  • "Ask Me What You Want" (US: #27)
  • "My Man, A Sweet Man" (US: #42), (US R&B: #7) (UK: #50)
  • "Breakaway" (US: #110)
  • "It Hurts So Good" (US: #24), (US R&B: #3)
  • "I Miss You Baby
  • "How Do You Feel the Morning After" (US: #77)
  • "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You"
  • "I Got to Try It One Time"
  • "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" (US: #42)
  • "Leftovers" (US: #87)
  • "Loving Arms"
  • "The Rap"
  • "Bad Risk"
  • "Feel Like Making Love"
  • "There You Are"
  • "I Can't Say Goodbye"
  • "If You're Not Back in Love By Monday" (US: #43)
  • "A Love of Your Own"
  • "All The Way Lover" (US: #102)
  • "Sweet Music Man" (US R&B #33)
  • "Keep The Home Fire Burnin'" (US R&B #83)
  • "Never Change Lovers In The Middle of The Night" (US R&B: #33)
  • "We Got To Hit It Off" (US R&B #56)
  • "A Moment's Pleasure" (US R&B #70)
  • "Kiss You All Over"
  • "Despair"
  • "Do You Wanna Make Love" feat. Isaac Hayes (US R&B #30)
  • "This Is It (Part I) (US R&B #88)
  • "You Never Cross My Mind"
  • "I Can't Stop Loving You" (US R&B #62)
  • "Anybody That Don't Like Millie Jackson"
  • "I Had to Say It"
  • "It's Gonna Take Some Time This Time"
  • "Special Occasion" (US R&B #51)
  • "E.S.P."
  • "I Feel Like Walkin' In The Rain" (UK: #55)
  • "Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love" (US R&B #9) (UK: #99)
  • "Act of War" feat. Elton John (UK: #32)
  • "It's A Thang" (US R&B #79)
  • "Love Is A Dangerous Game" (US R&B #6) (UK: #81)
  • "An Imitation of Love" (US R&B #58)
  • "Something You Can Feel" (US R&B #45)
  • "You Knocked the Love (Right Outta My Heart)"
  • "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
  • "Young Man, Older Woman"
  • "Living With A Stranger"
  • "Taking My Life Back"
  • "Love Quake"
  • "Check in the Mail"
  • "Chocolate Brown Eyes"
  • "Breaking Up Somebody's Home"
  • "The Lies That We Live"
  • "Did You Think I Wouldn't Cry"
  • "Butt-A-Cize"
  • "Leave Me Alone"

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Chart singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US US
R&B
UK[5]
1971 "A Child of God" 102 22
1972 "Ask Me What You Want" 27 4
"My Man, a Sweet Man" 42 7 50
"I Miss You Baby" 95 22
1973 "Breakaway" 110 16
"It Hurts So Good" 24 3
1974 "I Got To Try It One Time" 21
"How Do You Feel the Morning After" 77 11
1975 "The Rap" 42
"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" 42 flip
"I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You" 58
"Leftovers" 87 17
"Loving Arms" 45
1976 "Bad Risk" 24
"There You Are" flip
"Feel Like Making Love" 71
1977 "I Can't Say Goodbye" 40
"A Love of Your Own" 87
"If You're Not Back In Love By Monday" 43 5
1978 "All the Way Lover" 102 12
"Sweet Music Man" 33
"Keep the Home Fires Burnin'" 83
1979 "Never Change Lovers In the Middle of the Night" 33
"A Moment's Pleasure" 70
"We Got To Hit It Off" 56
"Do You Wanna Make Love"(with Isaac Hayes) 30
1980 "Didn't I Blow Your Mind" 49
"You Never Cross My Mind"(with Isaac Hayes) 78
"Despair" 61
"This Is It (Part One)" 88
1981 "I Can't Stop Loving You" 62
1982 "Special Occasion" 51
1983 "I Feel Like Walking In the Rain" 58 55
1985 "Act of War"(with Elton John) 32
1986 "Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love" 9
1987 "Love Is a Dangerous Game" 6
"An Imitation of Love" 58
"It's a Thang" 79
"Be Yourself"(with Whodini) 20
1988 "Something You Can Feel" 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russ Winstanley and Wigan Casino memories". BBC Sheffield. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Nowell, David (1999). Too Darn Soulful - The Story of Northern Soul. London: Robson Books. p. 151. ISBN 1-86105-270-7. 
  3. ^ "100 Worst Album Covers EVER". Rate Your Music.com. 
  4. ^ Holmes, Chris (2012-04-30). "Music from the Worst Album Covers — Millie Jackson, Back to the S__t!". The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 276. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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