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Lancaster native Maurice Williams of ‘Stay’ fame grand marshal of Myrtle Beach parade

Maurice Williams holds his gold record for “Stay.”
Maurice Williams holds his gold record for “Stay.” Herald file

Even after 56 years, Lancaster native Maurice Williams is still a hit at the beach – and on Saturday he will be grand marshal of a festival parade at Myrtle Beach.

The hit song “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs was topped the charts in America in 1960 and remains a beach music staple. The song was featured in the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing.”

Williams wrote the song as a teenager about a girl in Lancaster in 1955. The group’s recording of the song in shot up the charts and – at 1 minute and 38 seconds – is one of the shortest No. 1 hits ever.

His original group was made up of Lancaster natives.

Now 76, Williams has performed all his life and will be honored as grand marshal of the return of the Myrtle Beach Sun Fun Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday. The festival was held for 50 years until 2011 and returns this year. The parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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