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