Friday, November 20, 2009

The Puppies

The Puppies were a pre-teen hip-hop/rap duo that consisted of brother and sister Calvin "Big Boy" and Tamara "Tamara Dee" Mills from Miami, Florida. They became the first music group from Miami, Florida to receive a major record deal with Sony Music.
In 1994, the Puppies released their self-titled debut album on Columbia Records which peaked at #33 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart. Their father Calvin Mills II and uncle Carlton Mills handled the production on the album.
The first single "Funky Y-2-C" peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #37 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Summer Delight" was  released and a music video was made for it, but it's unknown how or if it ever charted.
In 1996, the duo released their sophomore album, "Recognize" on Pandisc Records which didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The only single to chart was "Hokey Pokey" which peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. After that, it seemed as if the Puppies faded into obscurity.

These days, Calvin Mills is still in the music business as a DJ, earned a business degree at Florida International University and works at Advanced Auto Parts. It is unknown what Tamara Mills is up to  these days.

To see Calvin's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/bigboyandthesouthbassdjs1011fm

To see the music video for "Funky Y-2-C," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY2FbveZ6Xw

To see the music video for "Summer Delight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZJvzmgGfY0

To see a fan-made video for "Hokey Pokey," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRWWQFSQlm8


[updated on 05/31/13]

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