MAURICE WILLIAMS and the ZODIACS started out as six Lancaster, S.C. high school glee club members. They called themselves The Royal Charms. When the owner of Ernie’s Record Rack in Nashville signed them, they became The Gladiolas. But when they saw a Ford Zodiac pass them in West Virginia they became the Zodiacs. In 1960 they released Stay, the shortest #1 song in music history. One minute 37 seconds, shorter than most red lights and some sexual acts.