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The Tams

A "beach" music favorite, Atlanta's Tams were among the more popular up-tempo soul groups of the '60s, although they were never able to break Motown's pop stranglehold. Joseph Pope's gravelly voiced leads were their selling point. He was joined by his brother Charles, Robert Smith, Floyd Ashton, and Horace Key. They began on Swan in 1960, then landed their first hit with "Untie Me" for Arlen in 1962. It peaked at number 12 on the R&B charts (number 11 pop). They moved to ABC-Paramount the next year, where they remained until 1968. They scored their biggest hit in 1963 with "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)." But many soul fans regard 1968's "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" as their ultimate hit, although it only reached number 26 on the R&B charts. ~ Ron Wynn
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The Beach & sounds from the 60's will remain in my head forever
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This track could also be titled The Best of Times...
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I saw the tams first time at the starship lounge in surfside in 1975 ....LIL REDD & tams are keeping the tams alive , they are best they set the standard for the rest of the beach groups ....I got to know them about ten years a go we are best friend's luv these guys .the best jJkeith
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I love any and everything beach wishing I was on the beach!!!!
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Don't worry ----Be Happy
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nicko252008
BE HAPPY!!!
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There ain't nothing like shagging was a huge hit in the European market.
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Va beach music
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Getting ready to see another Tams concert on Thursday in Raleigh. The girl (woman) that played the flute on What kind of fool do you think I am? (from 50 years ago) will be there and on stage!!! What fun!!
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Hey Girl Don't Bother Me...a great song by the Tams..Pandor a you can't play it too often
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Be Young Be Foolish! Pure Class!
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They had a more refined name for shaggin' in Pittsburgh - it was called the slop
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Jekyll Island Georgia it didn't get any better than the Mighty Tams... Georgia Florida weekend in the 80's. Go dawgs and God bless the Tams.
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God has blessed us to still be shaggin to the best music man has ever made. Give Thanks.
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palmspringsa n d y
Brings back great memories of shaggin at N. Myrtle Beach.
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sherart0
Shaggin' to the Tams at the Beach Club or the Pad. Simply the best memories imaginable.
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mwgeiger
These guys made my youth magical and I still get that feeling every time I listen to them.
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It did get any better than The Pad in the 60's
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I remember the Inman. They were collage buddies from the Greensboro area. Elon Collage I think
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Nothing like the tams and southern beach music! Reminds me of great fraternity parties at UGA and southern beaches! All of my children were raised on beach music and bulldogs football. Nothing better!!
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Hey Girl Don't Bother Me...a great song
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fastone01
Best music and times of our lives!!! When you hear one of the songs you can close your eyes and relive the best of times and memories. It is so great that the younger Tams are carrying on the beat so others will know what they missed.
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tricojones
Tams just full of so many memories
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ms.u
Saw the last of the original Tams retire from the stage while his son carried on the tradition with great talent and enthusiasm. Then this spring at North Myrtle Beach festival...t h e r e were three little baby Tams on stage working those same signature moves! Three generations of true entertainers . Tears of joy! Love those Tams!!!
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I grew up in the 60's. Ii have been to numerous Beach Music Concerts all over NC. I have loved the Tams since I was in high school. I saw them a lot after college and beyond. Coming to Pinehurst July 5..
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Are there a new set of The Tams performing still today and also where can we get their music? Contact me @ centerpointc h u r c h @ s c t e l c o m . n e t
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midtownhal7
Does it get any better than this? The memories..th e friends...th e time of your life...WOW
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fastone01
Just saw the leader of the tams with his son and thier group and they were great, and when he did his old hits he was good as ever. Long live Beach Music!!!!
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Awesome music! Glad some of the Tams are still around!
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firefighterj d t 8 8
who remmebers the inman
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GOOD TIMES !!!!
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cole.taylor4
The Tams are awesome!! In person & on the radio!
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rrobin51
I love their songs....
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My favorite-jim muse
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i liked going to the embers club in atlantic beach to see them perform in the late 60's and early 70's
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Greatness!
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early R and R live 50 times were youa rodie ? goodtimes it must have been
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I saw the TAMS perform over 50 times in the mid sixties - seventies.
Joe Pope was one of the greatest lead singers ever in Beach Music!!! The TAMS put on a great show every outting, and the flute background was a signature element.
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jimpettigrew
The Tams...The girls...Shag g i n . . . T h e Girls...Myrt l e Beach...The Girls...The Catalinas... T h e Girls...Litt l e Red Book...The Girls...Why did I ever grow up
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sbgaddy8
Brings back memories of shaggin in Myrtle Beach. You're right it didn't get any better!
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The Tams, Shag and Mrytle Beach....it just did not get any better !
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Concerts on Ocean Isle Beach,NC AWESOME!!!!
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msjrice9
IT REMINDS ME OF MRYTLE BEACH AND RUNNING WILD AND FREE AT THE MRYTLE BEACH
PARVILLON BEST PART OF MY CHILDHOOD WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART BEST MUSIC EVER HAS HEART AND SOUL
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The Tams were the absolute best. Nobody was close. A sound that should live forever. Beach music reigns.

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