The Mad Lads

The Mad Lads

soul, stax, reggae, rhythm and blues, oldies

From Memphis, Tennessee, USA, the Mad Lads comprised John Gary Williams, Julius Green, William Brown and Robert Phillips. Although not one of the premier Stax Records acts, this quartet enjoyed seven R&B hits between 1965 and 1969. After changing their name from the Emeralds, their first single, ‘The Sidewalk Surf’, flopped, but the group placed three singles in the R&B Top 20 in 1965-66, the best-known being ‘I Want Someone’. Their first hit