Maurice Williams
Roc-N-Roll Graffiti Recorded Live in Nashville, Tn. 1999

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#1 in 1960


Maurice Williams was born April 26,1938, in Lancaster, South Carolina he had his first experience with music in the church, where his mother and sister both performed. By the time he was six, he was performing regularly there. With his childhood friend Earl Gainey, Williams formed the gospel group 'The Junior Harmonizers', but as rock and roll and doo-wop became their primary interest, the Junior Harmonizers changed their name to 'The Royal Charms'. In the winter of 1956 while still in high school they went to Nashville to record , the founder of Excello Records, Ernie Young, convinced them to change their name to 'The Gladiolas. Maruice wrote Little Darilin and it was a #11 hit on the R&B chart 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 moved up to #2. Williams finished high school and while on the road with the band (after their station wagon broke down in Bluefield, West Virginia), the band came across a small car known as "The Zodiac" and the band changed their name.
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