Maurice Williams turns 81 today

The singer became famous with The Zodiacs during the early 1960’s with the song “Stay”

Maurice Williams turns 81 today

Maurice Williams was born 26 April 1938 in Lancaster, South Carolina. Maurice became famous during the early 1960’s with The Zodiacs when they released the song “Stay”, now Rock N’ Roll and Doo Wop classic. “Stay”, was released as a single in 1960. At 1:36, “Stay” is the shortest recording ever to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song was then extensively covered in subsequent years by artists including the Four Seasons (1964) and Jackson Browne (1978). The inclusion of the Zodiacs’ “Stay” on the soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing in 1987 led to the song selling more records than it had during its original release. Maurice Williams continued recording, touring, and releasing music through the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s. He is still active in the music industry, residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Look back at Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs performing “Stay” during the late 1960’s



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