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Encyclopedia > Maurice Williams (musician)

Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs was a singing group, active in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Originally The Royal Charms, the band changed its name to 'The Gladiolas' in 1957 and 'The Excellos' in 1958, before finally settling on 'The Zodiacs' in 1959. In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


Maurice Williams (b. 26 April 1938, Lancaster, South Carolina), also wrote the classic doo-wop song "Little Darlin'". He recorded it with the Zodiacs, who then were going by the name the Gladiolas. The song was #11 hit on the R&B charts in 1957, but did not break the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40. However, when the song was covered by the Canadian group The Diamonds, it went all the way to #1. April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lancaster is a city in Lancaster County, South Carolina which is in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... Sound recorder redirects here. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Diamonds were a Canadian musical group of the 1950s and early 1960s who rose to prominence performing cover versions of songs by black musicians. ...


They are best known for their 1960 hit "Stay", which is the shortest recording ever to reach number one on the charts. A version of the song is the last track on Jackson Browne's album Running on Empty. The inclusion of "Stay" on the soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing in 1987, led to the song selling more records than it had shifted on its original release. Stay was a doo-wop song recorded by Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs. ... Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, whose introspective lyrics made him one of the standouts in Southern Californias confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Running on Empty is the fifth album by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film directed by Emile Ardolino. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

  • 1965 At the Beach
  • 1997 Let This Night Last

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