22 March 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Mills found early fame at the age of nine, winning an influential talent show at Harlems famous Apollo Theatre for six weeks running. Soon afterwards, she appeared on Broadway in the play Maggie Flynn. She toured with the Isley Brothers, and in 1973, recorded her debut, Movin In The Right Direction, for the Paramount label. Her debut single - I Knew It Was Love - was issued in 1974. Already an established performer, Mills was still in her teens when, in 1975, she was offered the part of Dorothy in the stage show The Wiz, an all-black reworking of The Wizard Of Oz. Mills retained the role for several years, but she lost the part in the movie version to Diana Ross. During her run in the show, Mills was recommended to Motown Records Berry Gordy by Jermaine Jackson. For The First Time was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, but following its release Motown chose not to continue its...
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