Ska legend Millie Small, whose single 'My Boy Lollipop' sold over 6 million records worldwide, died this week at the age of 72 after suffering a stroke.
Friend and co-producer Chris Blackwell paid tribute to the singer in the Jamaica Observer, describing her as 'really special'.
"I would say she's the person who took ska international because it was her first hit record. It became a hit pretty much everywhere in the world."
"I went with her around the world because each of the territories wanted her to turn up and do TV shows and such, and it was just incredible how she handled it."
"She was such a sweet person, really a sweet person. Very funny, great sense of humour. She was really special."
Millie Small recorded her biggest hit 'My Boy Lollipop' in 1964 when she was only 17 years old. She's credited with taking ska to a worldwide audience and was the Caribbean’s first international recording star.