Our Lost Tres
Our Lost Treasure this week is a special DJ promo mix from Millie Jackson, released to R&B radio & club DJ’s in 1978. It is a medley of two different B-sides on Spring Records released that year. “A Little Taste of Outside Love/Cheatin’ Is”were mixed by the label intended for discos during the era when 12″ singles began to appear. Millie Jackson won a talent contest in Harlem in 1964 but didn’t begin her recording career until 1970. Initial failure on MGM Records led Millie to a long association with the Spring label & she charted numerous times in the 1970’s on R&B radio. However, as the popularity of disco increased in the mid-70’s the artist really hit her stride with provocative songs that at times were ‘X-rated’ in content & language. Some of her album covers also crossed into that territory. One of her biggest hits, released in 1977, was an R&B cover of Merle Haggard’s country hit “If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday”. In 1979, she recorded a duet album with Issac Hayes. In the late 1990’s Millie started her own record label – Weird Wreckuds, which has been releasing compilations & much of her album output on Spring Records, in addition to some remixes of mid-70’s singles. Beginning in 1999, she landed her own on-air DJ gig at Dallas/Ft Worth R&B station 730 KKDA hosting the show from her home studio in Atlanta. She did afternoon drive on the station 3-6pm until early 2012. In 2015, she was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. Millie Jackson, now age 75, is still performing live shows, mostly throughout the south. Enjoy this Valentine’s Day treat & have a great weekend from your friends at Puget Sound Media!