Soul Serenade: Millie Jackson, “Hurts So Good”

Millie Jackson - Hurts So GoodMillie Jackson is a great singer. That’s a fact, and there is ample evidence to support it. The fact that she is also well known for the decidedly not PG-rated spoken passages that appear in some of her songs is what it is, but over a career that has included six gold albums, Jackson has never been afraid to speak her mind.

Jackson was born into a sharecropper family in Georgia. When her mother died, she moved to Newark, NJ with her father, and then to Brooklyn. As she got older, she got work as a model for magazines like Sepia and JIVE. In 1964, friends dared her to enter a singing contest at a Harlem nightclub. She did, and she won. A legendary singing career was born on that stage … (more)

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