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Originally the Royal Charmsthe band changed its name to the Gladiolas in and the Excellos inbefore In Crowd - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - At The Beach (Live in 65) settling on the Zodiacs in By the time he was six, Williams was performing regularly there.
As rock and roll and doo-wop became their primary interest, the Junior Harmonizers changed their name to the Royal Charms. In the winter ofwhile still in high schoolWilliams and his band traveled to NashvilleTennesseeto record for the Excello label. At the time they were going by the name the Royal Charms, but the founder of Excello Records, Ernie Young, convinced them to change their name to the Gladiolas  at the time, there were at least two other bands using the same name.
Williams finished high school and while on the road with the band, their station wagon broke down in Bluefield, West Virginia. The band came across a British-built Ford car known as the Zodiac a 'luxury' version of the Ford Zephyr built in Britain, Australia and New Zealand and changed their name. Around that time, the group split and reformed. One month later, in the early summer ofthe band recorded in a Quonset Hut on Shakespeare Road in Columbia.
The recording engineerHomer Fesperman, recorded several tracks that the band had hoped would fetch them a hit. One of the last tracks that they recorded that day was " Stay ", a song that Williams had written Im Gonna Find Myself A Guy - Various - Doo Wop Vol.
2 One Teardrop Too Late couple of weeks before. Williams sang lead and Henry Gaston sang the counter-verse falsetto. At" Stay " is the shortest recording ever to reach number one on the Billboard Hot chart in the United States. The inclusion of the Zodiacs' "Stay" on the soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing in led to the song selling more records than it had Vision Of Three - Year of the Cobra - .In The Shadows Below its original release.
Williams continued recording, touring, and releasing music through the s, s, and s. He is still active in the music industryresiding in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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