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The Mad Lads

One of the few vocal groups on the Stax roster during the '60s, the Mad Lads' doo wop-influenced harmonies -- featuring the high, innocent tenor of John Gary Williams -- were more akin to what you might find in Philadelphia soul acts than those of their native Memphis. The group members were still in high school when the Mad Lads were signed to Stax in late 1964. In the mid-'60s, they enjoyed solid R&B hits with "Don't Have to Shop Around," "I Want Someone," and "I Want a Girl," although they never would cross over to the pop audience. Williams and fellow Mad Lad William Brown were drafted in 1966, and their recording career was suspended while they were in the service (although they carried on live with replacements). After their discharge, Williams and Brown were told by fellow original members Julius Green and Robert Philips that they didn't want Brown in the group; Brown and Stax co-owner Jim Stewart forced them to reinstate Williams, but their subsequent efforts were more in the Stax soul/funk formula, and not as memorable as their more atypical mid-'60s singles. They did return to the R&B Top 30 in 1968 with "Whatever Hurts You." ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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sweet sweet soul
HIPSTERZZZ*9 7 8 * 4 m 1 4 y ~
love this
mimivo.mm
Wow, knowing how much love was there, it was all Yours.
Ah this is mine and my husbands song it's so touching hits my heart every time I hear it!!!!
This is real music !!!
The top group out there for celler party's. Bump and grind.
My dad was one of the madlads it was neat growing up listing to the stories he was one of the replacements
maragon727
Bring back lots of memories!
Love all there song....:D
All i can say is firme!!
ajdchevy
bad a** rolas
Nothing like good music u can chill to.
etrues1028
This was way music talked of love n romace not violence n sex like today
One of the songs I love to play when I met Sweetie
Nothing use the 60's sounds smile!
ooooh how i miss the real music that talked about lllloooovvvv e e e e e ! ! !
inlend empire type of music
just joking nice and firme rola
hey man p**che coolo song
The harmony! Slow drag in a dark party! SP

slow dancing at its finest
i remember them well
a.casynthia
So happy to get to hear the Mad Lads whenever I want live!! For the lead singer is my DAD, John Gary Williams and I am Alisa Williams. So happy to see others who share my love for this song!
Their version of By The Time I Get To Phoenix is awesome!!!
I Love this group and I'm so glad that I was able to get their music via pandora.
veronica_rev e l e s
I LOVE THIS SONG!!
brwearherbee
i love this group they got their just due
I love the Mad Lads. Kids today just don't know. We had it going on in our day. Just good old parties in the basement..
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHOP AROUND ANY MORE THIS HAS EVERY THING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THESE ARE SOME BAD A** JAMS. THESE YOUNGSTERS THESE DAYS DON'T KNOW ABOUT LOVE SONGS THAT TELL A STORY.THEY TALK ABOUT DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT. I WOULD RATHER BUMP AND GRIND. HEY NOW!!!!
The song call Shop around by the Mad Lad was the best slow do-whoop we dance too. a talent show @ Calumet High in 1967 was sang by a group of singers, won first place. Check that song out!
Best experience @ The Philadelphia Uptown !!!
a.casynthia
It is really nice to hear my dad at any time and anywhere in the world!
Make me think of good days I had as a teen.
shermade
Their harmony is among the most pure of any group in any era. It really is a shame that they didn't get the air time of some other groups, but for us who heard them, it was and is a wonderful treat. Back in the day for ever!
"I Don't Want to Lose Your Love" has an opening that is just crying out to be sampled. So groovy.
One of the Baddest Groups from back in thr Day....
oooooooooooo h the Tennessee Mad Lads - we love them in Philly. Memories of the Uptown Theater and Georgie Woods "the Guy with the Goods"
rwilliams586 1
This group out of Memphis, Tennessee is one of the most underated groups in the music industry. I saw them perform in philly some years ago and was amazed at the professional i s m of those guys and their sound. They sound just like the record live. I hope that they are still around, I would love to see them again. I recently saw a video where Hall and Oat was singing one of the Mad Lads hit recordings, " I want someone" and they sound real good, however, no one can do it like The Mad Lads.
DONT KNOW HOW I COULD HAVE MISSED THESE GUYS....GOT THAT temprees sound...
nice sounds...
Play more of the Mad Lads!!!

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