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The Mad Lads

The Mad Lads comprised of:

John Gary Williams (b.Memphis Tennesee, U.S.A. d. 28th May 2019, Memphis, Tennesee, U.S.A.)

Julius Eichenfeldt Green (b. 30th October 1947, U.S.A.)

William C. Brown III (b. 30th June 1946, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.A. d. 24th July 2015, Quince Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, East Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.)


Robert Phillips (b. 1935, U.S.A.)

The Mad Lads were a U.S. soul harmony group from Memphis, Tennessee.

They all attended Booker T. Washington High School.

Were originally known as The Teen Town Singers, and later, The Emeralds, but changed their name at the suggestion of Deanie Parker, then-Stax publicity director.

The Emeralds comprised of John Gary Williams, William Brown (later to become an engineer at Stax), Julius Green and Harold Thomas.

One of a small number of vocal groups, recording for Stax Records, during the Sixties.

The Mad Lads had several songs on the Billboard R&B chart in the Sixties.

These included ‘I Want a Girl’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’.

John Gary Williams had been was drafted into military service and served in the Vietnam War.

He recorded as a solo artist in the Seventies.

William C Brown III passed away in July 2015, with John Gary Williams passing in 2019.

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in action - 1966 / the mad, mad, mad, mad, mad lads - 1969 / a new beginning - 1973 / music for lovers - 1987

The Mad Lads

madder than ever - 1990

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In Action (Volt Records 1966)

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Lads (Volt Records 1969)

A New Beginning (Volt Records 1972)

New Directions (Express Records 1985)

Music For Lovers Only (Express Records Records 1987)

Madder Than Ever (Volt Records 1990)

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