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One of the few vocal groups on the Stax roster during the '60s, the Mad Lads' doo wop-influenced harmonies were more akin to what you might find in Philadelphia soul acts than those of their native Memphis. Featuring the high, innocent tenor of John Gary Williams, the group was still in high school

When they were signed to Stax in late 1964. In the mid-'60s, they enjoyed solid R&B hits with "Don't Have to Shop Around," "I Want Someone," and "I Want a Girl," although they never would cross over to the pop audience.

Williams and fellow Mad Lad William Brown were drafted in 1966, and their recording career was suspended while they were in Viet Nam (although the group continued to perform live with replacements). After their discharge, the Mad Ladsí subsequent efforts were more in the Stax soul/funk formula, and not as memorable as their more atypical mid-'60s singles.

They did return to the R&B Top Thirty in 1968 with "Whatever Hurts You."
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Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

The Mad Ladsí last Stax/Volt single was released in 1972; their last album came out in 1973.

Love Songs for Lovers is the Mad Ladsí first new album in almost forty years. On it, youíll hear the Mad Lads at their vocal best. Time has enhanced their talent rather than diminished it and LocoBop is proud to be associated with the release. It is, however, a bittersweet milestone as key member and group co-founder William Brown suffered a career-ending stroke soon after the sessions wrapped up at Willie Mitchellís Royal Studios in Memphis.

 
 

 

 

A LOVERíS WISH

THE MORE YOU GIVE

MEANING LOVE

HOOKED ON YOUR LOVE

NEVER NEVER

SAFE IN OUR LOVE

APRIL SHOWERS

LOVING YOU

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

THATíS HOW I FEEL

 

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