Formally known as the Emeralds, the Memphis, Tennessee group changed their name because another group used that name. 'Mad Lads' was suggested by their record label employee at Stax (Volt) as a reaction to the group's behavior as well as the recognition of a local DJ named Reuben "Mad Lad" Washington. The Mad Lads worked with Isaac Hayes in their earlier years and recorded R & B music. Their career took off in 1965, when they released their second single "Don't have to Shop Around". Their next three singles would be hits as well in 1966. Unfortunately years after, as most groups do, the members separated, replaced, and then parted ways again.
Although, the group separated, they left incredible records like these behind that many artists have sampled. The intensity behind the lyrics and music is something we don't see too often in present days. Here's the Rick Ross "Pirates" sample... "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" by. The Mad Lads.
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