An American blues and soul vocalist and guitarist, best known for his hits "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "We're Gonna Make It."
By age twelve he had learned the guitar and was a street musician, chiefly influenced by T-Bone Walker and his blues and rock and roll contemporaries.
In 1952, while still a teenager playing in local bars, he caught the attention of Ike Turner, who was at that time a talent scout for Sam Phillips' Sun Records.
He signed a recording contract with that record label and recorded a number of singles.
None of them broke through onto radio or sold well at record stores, however, and Milton left the Sun label by 1955.
Milton set up the St. Louis based Bobbin Records label, which ultimately scored a distribution deal with Leonard Chess' Chess Records.
After a number of small format and regional hits, his 1962 single, "So Mean to Me," broke onto the Billboard R&B chart, eventually peaking at #14.
With the death of Leonard Chess, Milton's distributor, Checker Records fell into disarray, and Milton joined the Stax label two years later.
His last hit single, "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number," was released in 1983 from the album of the same name.
In 1988, Little Milton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and won a W.C. Handy Award
Milton died on August 4, 2005 from complications following a stroke. (aged 70)
SO MEAN TO ME - 1962
WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT - 1965
WHO’S CHEATING WHO’ - 1965
FEEL SO BAD = 1967
THAT’S WHAT LOVE WILL MAKE YOU DO - 1972
LITTLE MILTONS GREATEST HITS - 1972
GOLDEN DECADE - 1974
BLUES MASTERS - 1976
AGE AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A NUMBER - 1983
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