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New Millie Small Single Released Posthumously

First single in two decades, “Beautiful Day,” Release set for April 30th

Though Legendary Jamaican recording artist died on May 5, 2020, her legacy will live forever. To celebrate her passion for life and love of music, the world will once again experience the effervescent Millie Small with a new recording, “Beautiful Day,” released on April 30, 2021, now available for pre-order.

Recorded before her death on October 12, 2017 at Vanguard Studios in Camberwell, London, the song was written by Millie Small in the 1990s. Her daughter Jaelee Small, a recording artist and vocalist in her own right, encouraged her mum to record “Beautiful Day” in celebration Millie’s 70th birthday. Jaelee explains, “The song lyrics talk about going home on the first of May so the timing is perfect and it marks one year since she passed away so this seemed a fitting tribute to mark the occasion. I don’t want people to forget her legacy. Her heart and song will continue to live on.”

Jaelee coaxed her mum back into the studio and says though it wasn’t easy at first, the result was incredible. “She was quite reclusive and content at home so I thought getting her to studio would     be the hard part. I planted a gin and tonic in her hand, bottle of rum in my bag to share and we drove her through London with my flatmate driving and me and mother in the back laughing and seeing London. It was a long time since we went outside of west London together, so I really enjoyed the journey. We got there and did all the introductions. Everyone had fun and they loved the session and working with her. Good vibes all round! And rum … a lot of rum!”

Jaelee says that five songs were recorded at the session but “the one that really got the room going was the one that will be released to her beloved fans.” It took Jaelee a full year to release the song because the grieving process has been understandably difficult, but the song, she hopes, will bring healing to all through the spirit of the lyrics and the voice of her mum. Jaelee says, “I would like to give her fans a final gift and to share her happy moments. She sang this song to me as long as I knew her and to see it properly recorded on that day made me happy indeed. ‘My Boy Lollipop’ is still as popular as ever but this is the chance to hear her original music, as intended and for her fans to hear it.”

A video of the recording, including a singing-and-dancing Millie Small, will accompany the release. More information and pre-purchase is available at

Those who performed on the song include the following:


BASS – DERRICK McINTYRE (Jamiroquai, Beverley Knight)  

DRUMS – JOSE JOYETTE (Ibibio Sound Machine, Mother Earth)  

GUITAR – ALFRED KARI BANNERMAN (Osibisa, Ibibio Sound Machine)  

KEYS –  STEVE HOLMES (Alicia Myers, Glenn Jones)  

PERCUSSION – PRESTON HEYMAN (Kate Bush, Terrence Trent D’arby)  

SAXOPHONE – DEREK NASH (Nile Rodgers, Chaka Khan)  

TROMBONE – WINSTON ROLLINS (Aswad, Jools Holland)  

TRUMPET – GEORGE HOGG (Mica Paris, Van Morrison)  





1 thought on “New Millie Small Single Released Posthumously

nico fuller April 14, 2021 at 10:44 pm

am looking forward to hear her new songs….RIPP..Millie


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