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To hear it, you might think you just stepped into Motown. To breathe it, you smell a tropical breeze caressing a sandy beach. To feel it, you let the rhythm grasp your body and whirl it into motion. To see it, is like an extravaganza of light and energy. But to experience it, you must say it..."I want the Tams!"

The Tams are one of America"s all time favorite recording acts. World renown for their special blend of music that makes up the Beach Music sound, the Tams entertain crowds around the globe nearly 300 days a year! Probably best known for their 1968 gold hit, "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy", the Tams are celebrating the recent success of their newest single, "Ain"t Nothing Like Shagging", which reached number 8 on the European charts.

The group began performing in local taverns and nightclubs for wages of $1.25 each. To them this money was from heaven. Imagine - getting paid to sing. Initial pay of these early days only provided enough money to buy matching multi colored Tam O"Shanter hats on stage - in which local patrons of the night spots nicknamed them the Tams, a name that would eventually be known around the world.

In 1962, producer Bill Lowery agreed to cut one demo single on the group. To his surprise, the record gained much regional success, allowing him to negotiate a major recording contract with ABC records. Their first album, "Presenting the Tams", produced a number one record, "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)". This propelled The Tams into professional status and national popularity. They soon found themselves playing to sold out auditoriums from The Howard Theater in Washington, DC to the famed Apollo Theater in New York City.

A string of hits followed, including "You Lied To Your Daddy", "Hey Girl", "I"ve Been Hurt", "It"s Better To Have Loved A Little", and "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy". During this time, the Tams developed a spectacular revue touring with their own 14 Karat Gold Band.

After years of appearances and 10 albums The Tams have been honored with two Gold Records. In 1986 the group received the coveted award and title "Beach Band of the Decade", at the Beach Music Awards. In 1988, The Tams were spotlighted as the Outstanding Black Musical Group by the Atlanta Black History Awards. In 1992, The Tams were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The Tams are a group that has bridged the generations of music. Their unique sound spans all ages, styles and regions. They are classic with an exhilarating stage show. Charles Pope, original member, brother to the late Joe Pope, Lil Redd has been with the Tams for 22 years, since he was 7 years old and Joe Jones has been a member for 25 years. They are the Beach, they are good times, they are times, they are simply rock and roll at it"s finest.

Print Song List
  • Tams Originals
    Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
    Better To Have Loved A Little
    Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
    I've Been Hurt
    Laugh It Off
    Might As Well Forget Him
    Riding For A Fall
    Silly Little Girl
    Too Much Fooling Around
    What Kind Of Fool
  • Wedding Songs
    James Taylor - How Sweet it is to be Loved by You
    Al Green - Let's Stay Together
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Elvis - Can't Help Falling in Love
    Etta James (Instrumental) - At Last
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon
    Frank Sinatra - Just the Way you Look Tonight
    Lionel Richie - Just to be Close to You
    Lionie Richie - My Love by
    Louie Armstrong - Wonderful World
    Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves
    Platters - With This Ring
    Stevie Wonder - Knock Me off My Feet
    Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life
    Temptations  - My Girl
    The Drifters - This Magic Moment
    Van Morrison - Crazy Love
    Van Morrison - Moon Dance
  • Contemporary and Dance
    Bobby Brown - My Perogative
    Boyz Ii Men - End Of The Road
    Cameo - Word Up
    E.U. - Da Butt
    Earth Wind And Fire - Let's Groove Tonight
    Marcia Griffith - Electric Slide
    Michael Jackson - Billy Jean
    Michael Jackson - Rock With You
    Morris Day & The Time - Jungle Love
    Morris Day & The Time - The Bird
    Van Mccoy - The Hustle
  • International
    Ricky Martin - La Vida Loca
  • Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
    Beatles - Hey Jude
    Bob Seger - Old Time Rock And Roll
    Boz Scaggs - Lowdown
    Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
    Gap Band - Early In The Morning
    Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb
    Jimmy Buffett - Flesh & Bone
    Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
    L.T.D. - (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
    Ohio Players - Fire
    Ohio Players - Rollercoaster
    Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
  • Motown, Oldies, and Beach
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Brook Benton - Rainy Night In Georgia
    Chubby Checker - The Twist
    Drifters - Magic Moment
    Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
    Drifters - Up On The Roof
    Embers - I Love Beach Music
    Four Tops - Reach Out
    Four Tops - Same Old Song
    Four Tops - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
    Isley Brothers - Shout
    Jackie Wilson - Higher And Higher
    Little Richard - Good Golly Miss Molly
    Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
    Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves
    Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
    Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Spinners - I'll Be Around
    Spinners - Mighty Love
    Supremes - Can't Hurry Love
    Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
    Temptations - Get Ready
    Temptations - My Girl
    Temptations - Wish It Would Rain
    The O'Jays - Love Train
    The O'Jays - Put Your Hands Together
    Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
    Young Rascals - Good Lovin'
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Arthur Conley - Do You Like Good Music
    Carl Carlton - Bad Mama Jamma
    Chairmen Of The Board - Carolina Girls
    Clarence Carter - Strokin'
    Commodores - Brick House
    Commodores - Easy
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Living In America
    Jerry Butler - Your Precious Love
    Kool & The Gang - Celebration
    Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It
    Kool & The Gang - Joanna
    Marvin Gaye - Pride And Joy
    Marvin Gaye - Stubborn Kind Of Fella
    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    Parliament Funkadelic - Flashlight
    Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
    Rick James - Super Freak
    Showmen - 39-21-40 Shape
    Showmen - Hey Baby
    Village People - Ymca
  • Retro 70's and 80's
    Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen
    KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down
    KC & The Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
  • Other Songs
    2 Pac - California Love
    Bruce Channel - Hey Bsby
    Major Lance - Monkey Time
    Major Lance - Um Um Um Um
    Maurice Williams - Stay
    Mc Hammer - Can't Touch This
    Willie T - Thank You John

Private Party

The TAMS were outstanding. This was the best party we have had and audience participation was great. I would recommend them to everyone.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks.

George L. (December 20th, 2013)
Private Party

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