Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs – Stay


A Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs record sleeve | Public domain | 14671

Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs were, in 1960, Maurice Williams, Wiley Bennett, Henry Gaston, Charles Thomas, Willie Morrow and Albert Hill. The group, at first a doo wop group, had recorded previously under the names The Royal Charms, The Gladiolas and The Excellos. They also recorded the original version of the doo wop classic “Little Darlin'”.

Maurice Williams is in the middle of the front row of the picture above.

Maurice Williams was born 26 April 1938 and is understood to be still living.

“Stay” is an amateur recording which was recorded in a Quonset Hut (the American name for a Nissen hut) in 1959. It is also famous for its short playing time, and is one of the shortest hit records of the period. “Stay” appears on UK Sue ILP 933 “The Sue Story Volume 2”.

“Stay” was also released on the Top Rank label no. JAR-526.

US Pop No. 1, 1960.

Updated 3 October 2016



Elmore James – The sky is crying


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Blues legend Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918 and died on May 24, 1963. This song has been covered by many blues and soul stars including Albert King and Etta James. “The sky is crying” was released in the UK on UK Sue ILP 918 “The best of Elmore James”. Can anyone confirm we have the correct version, please.

US (R&B?) No 15

Updated 23 September 2016


Hard Grind – Wild Jimmy Spruill


James Spruill playing his unusual “cigar box” shaped guitar | Youtube | 14672

New York session guitarist James “Jimmy” Spruill was born on June 9, 1934 and died on February 15, 1996 of a heart attack, having appeared on many 1950s and 1960s recordings, including records by King Curtis, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Shirelles, Tarheel Slim, and Elmore James. He plays guitar solo on both “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez and Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City”. There are reports that he also plays on “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. “Hard grind” was released on UK Sue ILP 920 “50 Minutes 24 Seconds of Recorded Dynamite”.

Chart position data not available.

Updated 26 September 2016