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.