John Gary Williams, frontman of Stax’s The Mad Lads, dies at 73

By , Daily Memphian Published: June 03, 2019 10:55 PM CT

Memphis native John Gary Williams, who recorded for Stax as a part of The Mad Lads and as a solo artist, was found dead in his home. The 73-year-old's soul music legacy stands at the intersection of the Black Power movement and the Vietnam War.


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Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd is an arts and culture columnist at The Daily Memphian and program manager for WYXR 91.7 FM. His friends call him "Jay B.," and you can, too.

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