BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #41: “STAY”- MAURICE WILLIAMS AND THE ZODIACS- NOVEMBER 21, 1960

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Billboard #1 Hits: #41. “Stay”- Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs. Released on Herald Records. November 21, 1960 #1 for 1 week. Written by Maurice Williams. Genre: Doo-Wop. Time: 1:36. B-side: “Do You Believe.” Grade: A.

Clocking in at 1:36- “Stay” remains the shortest ever #1 hit on the Billboard pop chart. It was also the #1 song at the time I was born- not a bad song to be associated with. Williams wrote the song when he was fifteen years old- he was trying to convince his date not to go home at 10pm as she was supposed to- he lost the argument but came up with a great song out of it.

Other versions of the song would make the charts- The Hollies in 1963 on the UK Singles Charts- #8. The Four Seasons the same year on the US Billboard Chart- #16 and the most well known cover- Jackson Browne’s single from his Runnin’ On Empty album- “The Load Out/Stay”- #20.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #41: “STAY”- MAURICE WILLIAMS AND THE ZODIACS- NOVEMBER 21, 1960

  1. I always thought this was one of the most catchiest songs ever…even if you didn’t like it…it would stay with you.

    Off Topic: 324 million for 9 years…I never thought he would get that long of contract. I’ve read where the Strasburg contract raised his asking price up. If he was 25 then ok…but for a pitcher…unless he is a Nolan Ryan or a Verlander…I don’t see it working well in 5-6 years.

    • I wonder how he will do with the pressure really on him? He starts opening da and gets knocked out in the 3rd inning and the Yankee fans will be on his back.. he didn’t handle being the main man in Pittsburgh very well– in Houston with Verlander- the pressure wasn’t on him. Pitchers of course one pitch away from Tommy John surgery….

    • With a power pitcher you have to worry about Tommy John with every pitch. I’ve read the Dodgers offered him 8 years and 290 so that was competitive…more than I would have thought they would have offered…if it’s true.

      I didn’t know that about him. Yea he just left two markets that are nothing like what he will soon face. That is a lot to wrap up in a player unless his name is Trout.

    • He will be getting more than a million every trip to the mound. I think a team can spend their money better elsewhere. I have no problems spending it on Mike Trout!

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