Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Whole Damn World is Going Crazy

The Whole Damn World is Going Crazy (1973):

by John Gary Williams, who died on this date in 2019.

from Concord Recorded Music:
Williams formed the group [The Mad Lads] with fellow students from Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis during the early sixties and eventually recorded on Stax Record’s Volt label. With Williams’ high tenor voice and the soft soul harmonies of William Brown, Julius Green and Robert Phillips, The Mad Lads had several songs on the Billboard R&B chart during the sixties
from The Commercial Appeal:
Mr. Williams' Stax career was interrupted by military service in Vietnam, where he participated in dangerous deep-jungle combat missions. Returning home, he joined the Invaders, a so-called "militant" group inspired by the Black Panthers that was especially active during the sanitation strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, where the civil rights leader was murdered in 1968. As the singer himself put it, in the title of a 1973 single he recorded for Stax: "The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy."


  1. ...I guess that it has been going crazy for some time.

  2. That's a very fitting sone for today! Valerie

  3. And it's still going crazy

  4. Yup the world is going, and has been going crazy! Happy start to the long weekend Nita.

  5. ... and it is still going crazy!
    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

  6. Unfortunately, isn't that the truth.

  7. I didn't remember hearing this song and I would have loved it back then and it is still appropriate now--even moreso. Looked it up--1973 release. That explains it. Was an unsettling time for me personally. My son was born the following year. Lots going on. Maybe it wasn't played up in Minneapolis much. There are songs that were more regional. They might not have allowed it because it had "damn" in it--LOL!

    1. I don't remember it from back then, either, but as I was looking through Memphis music this one seems apt for these days :(


  8. Aside from the clothes and hair styles, that video could have been shot this week. It is still so very relevant. Sadly, nothing has changed and we couldn't make a liar out of Williams.