'Stay' By Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs: The Shortest #1 That Will Never Leave

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Photo of MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS; Group portrait (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

"Stay" made Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs a one-hit wonder when the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960. The unusually short doo wop song, clocking in at just over a minute and a half, has proven one of the most durable hits in popular music, with cover versions by The Four Seasons and Jackson Browne both reaching the top 20. For Williams, who has continued to perform for decades largely on the strength of this one classic, the writing and recording of the song was one of those effortless moments of perfect inspiration that artists live for.