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The Mad Lads were an American rhythm and blues vocal group, who recorded on the Stax subsidiary label Volt in the 1960s. Their biggest hits were "Don't Have to Shop Around" (1965) and "I Want Someone" (1966). The group was formed at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The original line-up comprised John Gary Williams, Julius E. Green, William Brown and Robert Phillips.
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In Action includes all of the Mad Lads first recordings, except for their debut "Sidewalk Surf. The waltz tempo, pleading "I Want Someone" went to number ten (R&B) and number 74 (Pop), and is their biggest selling single. Lead singer John Gary Williams had a pleading, crying singing style that was unmistakably Southern. Come Closer to Me" features some hokey bass under Williams' enthusiastic lead. Remakes comprise 25-percent of the album. Don't Have to Shop Around," a slow ballad, features smooth harmonies over Williams expressive tenor, and has a quirky doo wop sound. It may be the only Southern doo wop record ever; it's also the Mad Lads second best-selling record, charting at number 11 (R&B) and number 93 (Pop). The most interesting track is the chugging "Nothing Can Break Through"; it features sudden stops and changes and creative harmonies.
Biography by Richie Unterberger. One of the few vocal groups on the Stax roster during the '60s, the Mad Lads' doo wop-influenced harmonies - featuring the high, innocent tenor of John Gary Williams - were more akin to what you migh. ead Full Biography. The Mad, Mad, Mad, Lads. Don't Have to Shop Aro. ee Full Discography.
IN ACTION CD. RUB866. For a limited time only. IN ACTION CD. Was RUB866. With their silky-smooth harmonies, this Memphis vocal group brought a lot more doo wop to the studio than most Stax/Volt acts. Their first album, released in '67, contains their earliest-and biggest-R&B; hits, Don't Have to Shop Around and I Want Someone, plus Sugar Sugar; She's the One; Get Out of My Life, and more of their finest Volt recordings. Come Closer To Me. I'm Learning
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