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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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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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This is a great song. Love the lyrics.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this in 2 days (you will be injured) not dead. Put this on the next 5 songs/statio n s . When done press f6 and the lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
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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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MAURIIIIIIII C E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
WE LOOOOOOOOOVE UUUUUUUUU!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
One group that SAVED MY LIFE, back in tha day......... . . . : - D
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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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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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Kiss you left hand2 times post this2 and a pink ipod will appear under your pillow
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we want lyrics
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Kiss your left hand2 times post this2 and a pink iPod will be under your pillow
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Kiss your left hand2 times post this3 and a pink iPod. Will be under your pillow
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Kiss your left hand2 times post this2 and a pink iPod will be under your pillow
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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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Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs were, & will ALWAYS BE, the REAL THING!!!!! :-)
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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'm past 60, & my brain walked out on me years ago, without even saying goodbye!!!
( People told me they noticed the improvement. . ..)
In my hometown there's a street named Maurice Williams Drive; the same street my parents lived on when I was born!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
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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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nicko252008
This music will never die
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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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What sevillaangle 1 said
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brucefrancoi s
So much writing about so little.
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When They Rebuild It
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Wow, this is #Classical RnB. Follow me on Twitter: @Courage2Bel i e v e or Like me on Facebook: http://www.f a c e b o o k . c o m / T h e C o u r a g e T o B e l i e v e
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Maurice Williams song Come Along sounds like his song Stay!!
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Easy to figure out where 4 Seasons got their inspiration.
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His voice is amazing
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