John Gary Williams and The Mad Lads with @TheBoKeys at @StaxMuseum @StaxRecords

The Mad Lads were yet another Memphis vocal group with South Memphis ties, and they recorded a number of singles and a handful of albums for Stax Records before lead singer John Gary Williams (who was a member of the Memphis Black Power group known as The Invaders) was arrested and charged with being involved in a sniping incident against the Memphis police in late 1968. Later, Williams launched a solo career, and recorded one very elusive self-titled album just as Stax was falling apart in late 1974. Over the years, Williams has put together a number of reconstituted Mad Lads groups, and is now the subject of a forthcoming documentary called I See Hope: The John Gary Williams Story , which is currently in production. The annual appearance of the Mad Lads at the Stax to the Max festival is a big deal to the largely South Memphis crowd that attends.

Madder Than Ever with the Mad Lads at @StaxMuseum During the Stax to the Max Festival

Memphis vocal group The Mad Lads were another group of South Memphians, led by John Gary Williams, who recorded a number of singles and albums for the Stax subsidiary Volt Records. Their recording career came to a brief hiatus after John Gary Williams was sentenced to prison for his alleged role in the ambush of a Memphis police officer by the Black militant organization The Invaders. They have occasionally recorded again since the 1970’s, but on Sunday April 28, 2013, they appeared in South Memphis on stage behind the Stax Museum at the Stax to the Max event, performing their biggest hit single.