Strip Club Music Classics

"My Boy Lollipop"

By Millie Small

Last Updated: 

24th July 2021


"My Boy Lollipop" was originally titled "My Girl Lollipop", and today many are familiar with the title changing according to the gender of the artist performing the song. It was written by Robert Spencer and was first performed in the mid 1950's by the Doo Wop group "The Cadillacs". It was first recorded, with a reggae beat, by 14-y-o Barbie Gayle in 1956, and gained a following in the North East of the USA (especially New York):

The Barbie Gayle recording grew a big following in Jamaica and it was in 1964, when recorded by Jamaican teenager Millie Small, that this song gained global recognition. It reached No. 2 in the charts in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & No. 1 in Ireland. It has proved to be the biggest selling Ska record of all time:

A French version of this song "C'est Toi Mon Idole" was recorded by Donna Hightower in 1964, having some success in France & Canada:

The UK saw a Ska music revival in the early 80's, which lead to a cover version of "My Girl Lollipop", by Bad Manners in 1982:




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