The early histories of ska and bluebeat often mention Millie Small as a pioneering artist for her multi-million seller "My Boy Lollipop. What's more, they all seemed more like jazz musicians which they really were in the way they played and conducted themselves.
The group originally came together as a band backing blind singer Lennie Peters for performances in pubs in the north of London in Lenny Blanche played bass and Gil Lucas was at the piano. According to Roger Dopson , the drum spot was filled by whomever was available and good enough, including a promising jazz player named Charlie Watts , who was the nephew of Lennie Peters.
The quartet was very successful in its club dates, but Lennie Peters left to take a solo gig and the remaining members decided to reconfigure the group around Mike Felix's vocals. They added guitarist and veteran of the London club scene Red Lambert to their lineup and rechristened themselves the Migil Four.
Fate played a hand at one gig when they were spotted by Kenny Ball , one of the top trad jazz bandleaders in England.
Ball saw the quartet, liked their sound enough to jam with them on-stage, and soon became their informal musical mentor.
Ball recommended the group to his label, Pye Records, and they were offered a contract. The quartet's first record was "Maybe," a blues-style number that failed to chart. After Peters left for a solo career - going on to chart success in the s as one half of Peters and Lee - Felix became the lead singer, and the group recruited guitarist Stan "Red" Lambert born Stanley Frank Lambert, September 24, ? He performed onstage with them, and recommended them to his record label, Pye Records.
Their first single, "Maybe", was released in Expanding their repertoire to cater for a younger audience, they recorded their second single, "Mockin' Bird Hill" - a country song which had been a US hit for Les Paul and Mary Ford - in a style then known as "bluebeat" and later as ska.
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I was very happy with it and couldn't wait for Jack to hear it. He said 'This is really very good. The Page recording, made on January 17, , was issued by Mercury Records as catalog number , and first reached the Billboard pop music chart on February 24, , lasting 22 weeks and peaking at 2. On the Cash Box best-selling record charts in which all recordings of a given song were combined, the song entered the chart on March 3, ; reached 1 on April 21, ; and remained 1 through the May 12, , chart.
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