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Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

This R&B vocal group from Lancaster, South Carolina, USA, was led by Maurice Williams (b. 26 April 1938, Lancaster, South Carolina, USA; pianist/songwriter). The hit record ‘Stay’, which went to number 3 R&B and number 1 pop in 1960, immortalized the Zodiacs as a one-hit-wonder group. (In the UK ‘Stay’ went to number 14 in 1961.) Williams, however, had a long history before and after the hit, forming his first group, the Gladiolas, in 1955. Besides Williams (b. 26 April 1938, Lancaster, South Carolina, USA), the group comprised Earl Gainey (tenor), William Massey (tenor/baritone), Willie Jones (baritone), and Norman Wade (bass). Their one hit for the Nashville-based Excello Records was ‘Little Darlin’’, which went to number 11 R&B and number 41 pop in 1957. The record was covered with greater success by the Canadian group, the Diamonds. In 1960 Williams formed the Zodiacs, comprising Wiley Bennett (tenor), Henry Gaston (tenor), Charles Thomas (baritone), Albert Hill (double bass), and Little Willie Morrow (drums).

After the unforgettable ‘Stay’ the group honoured themselves with many outstanding compositions, most notably ‘I Remember’ (number 86 pop in 1961), ‘Come Along’ (number 83 pop in 1961), and ‘May I’ (1966), but nothing close to a hit resulted. The latter song was re-recorded in 1969 by Bill Deal And The Rhondels who had a Top 40 national hit with it. The most frequently remade Williams song was ‘Stay’, which the Hollies in the UK (1963), the Four Seasons (1964), and Jackson Browne (1978) all placed on the charts. Its timeless lyric of teenage lust and angst has been passed through the decades: ‘Well your mama don’t mind, well your papa don’t mind’, leading to the punch line, ‘Oh won’t you stay, just a little bit longer’. During subsequent decades Williams sustained a career with a new group of Zodiacs, playing their classic catalogue to the Beach Music club circuit in the Carolinas.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Back To Basics

1. Little Darling

2. Stay

3. Young Blood

4. Sexy Ways

5. Sweet Bobbie Jean

6. One Mint Julep

7. Tryin To Live My Life Without You

8. Unchained Melody

9. May I

10. Talk To Me

11. Against The Wind

12. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody

13. Any Day Now

14. Brothers

15. Hey Girl

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Track List: At The Beach

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Track List: The Best Of Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

1. Stay

2. Do You Believe

3. We're Lovers

4. I Remember

5. Always

6. The Winds

7. I Love You Baby

8. Do I

9. Come Along

10. Running Around

11. But Not For Me

12. The Nearness Of You

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Hey there. How's Rosetta A.? Stay..my favorite recording.
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bobpriolo
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The music legend...
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simsic9
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by your love of your life. Now that you started this don't stop. If you ignore this you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear. It is creepy but it actually works
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would like to hear a song from Major Lance
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sheffield57
Getting late for u
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE IF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Stay plz z. Stay
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Dirty Dancing brought it all back to me again. " Stay" So glad to hear it on Pandora, and I hope to hear more songs from Dirty Dancing they were all classics.
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Ya know, I really appreciate all that Pandora has done for us to be able to 'make' our own radio stations, with the bio of our favorite artists, and the words to their songs but I do have one request. ..is there any way to get the year for the song posted somewhere like maybe at the bottom of the lyrics where they have the publisher and writer info? Just an idea...thank you pandora for all you've done..
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I love dirty dancing "the grind"
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yvettepennin g t o n 3 4
More dirty dancing
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orale old days
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Awesome song!
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Stay!!!
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I feel so good listening to oldies
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Pleasing to the ears!
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Maurice: great singer and a better person. The Gladiolus were funky good, the Zodiacs were more polished. Anyone remember the bass singer "Frog" out of West Charlotte?
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cdokken7
This is a great song. Love the lyrics.
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I've heard this song for ages and finally figured out who sand it yay!!!!!!!!! !
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Just a little bit lonely.... (:
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sydneytablet 0 1
I Like You
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Nothin like this music. I'm 63years young an feel younger yet when I hear Marvin Gay and all others. Casey Crissey Dewitt Michigan.
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pnotchr73
This music never gets old, even though technically it is!! ;)
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Stay, & Jackson Browne Sang this great.
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oooo yes this the music I grew up with
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avonfm7238
Lyrics please:-)
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Just a little bit longer papi! *,*
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I really love this kind of music
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yes, we want lyrics...... . . .
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we want lyrics
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Saw them at Elliots Nest in Chapel Hill NC early 80's. He picked a guy out of the crowd in the middle of a song and gave him the mike. The guy finished the song just as good as Maurice could have. Our jaws were on the floor till Maurice introduced him, Lead singer of the Catalina's..
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Classic music!
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Let's dance I'm staying
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stay just a little bit longer -yeh
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p.greer22
The history behind Mr. Williams & The Zodiacs is awesome. A true test of perserverenc e !
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ceneberg2014
Iti,so,,good , I , l o , v e , , t h e 5 0 a n a , ,
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Today's music sucks!!!!!
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I LOVE YOUR SONG CALLED STAY!!!!!! BEST SKNG EVER <3
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MY YOUNGER SON LOVE THIS SONG AND DO TOO SMILE....
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Sure wish I could go back to when this was a hit, I had one of the best times in My life!
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I don't want people to think I don't know what year this song came out, it was 1960 not 1962. Just was a brain f*rt (when you get past 60 you get a lot of these)
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Ah 1962 what a good year love this song!
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I love all the oldies but goodies. They take you back to the real world of music. Glenda Flowers
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This music will live forever.
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excellent music ! I think there are some good race horse names hidden in the lyrics !!
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I love this song
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The Diamonds' big hit of "Little Darling" was LAME compared 2 the original by the Gladiolas! I loved it then,& I love it now! Thank u, Mr. Williams & co---u r loved!!!
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The guy is like a black Frankie Valli!
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great song great artist
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