Biography
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 RB 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 RB charts. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi



 
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The Tams- "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" 1967 [Reelin' In The Years Archives]
Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy - The Tams - 1968
The Tams at Outer Banks Beach Music Festival 2014
The Tams Laugh It Off (1963)
The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
It's All Right (You're Just In Love)
The Tams In Concert | Monroe, GA 2016
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