The Tams

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The Tams, sometimes later billed as 'The Joe Pope Tams' or "The Mighty Tams" are an American vocal group from Atlanta, Georgia.

Original member Charles Pope has been with The Tams for 48 years. He co-founded the group with his brother, the late Joe Pope, in 1959. His son "Little Redd" has been performing with the group since he was 6 years old. Charles continues to bring the same "Tams sound" to their shows, while Little Redd adds a fresh, hip spin with his energetic performance.

They took their long lasting name from the Tam o'shanter style of hat that the group choose to wear on stage. From this trademark, the legendary Tams name was born. The Tams hard work, patience and perseverance eventually paid off when they were signed to Arlen records and had their first Billboard hit in 1962, the single “Untie Me”, which was number 12 on the R&B chart. In 1963, ABC Records signed them and their first album produced a Top Ten hit, “What Kind of Fool”. They began playing throughout the country and a string of hits followed. These included “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”, “I’ve Been Hurt” and “Hey Girl”. Since then, they have released over 15 albums and been honored with one Platinum and two Gold records. They have toured and recorded with Jimmy Buffet and performed with such greats as Gladys Knight, Jackie Wilson and many more. They have received the title “Beach Band of the Decade” and have been inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Hall of Fame and the Beach Music Hall of Fame.

The Tams are still recording today and have recently released their latest singles “My Main Squeeze” and “This Love Will Last” from their newest CD The Tams Comin’ At Cha’.

The Tams had a separate and successful tour of the British charts. "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" made it to the UK Top 40 (#32) in 1970. The next year they had the #1 song in the UK, with a reissue of Ray Whitley's "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me." The song hit #1 on September 18, 1971 taking over from Diana Ross' hit "I'm Still Waiting," and remained there for three weeks until Rod Stewart's mega-hit "Maggie May" bumped it from the top.

The Tams' next major UK chart success was a Top 5 smash in 1987 called "There Ain't Nothing Like Shaggin." This song, featured the vocals of Joe Pope, and was released (as were all of the songs in England) by ABC/Dunhill Records. The final Tams hit in the UK was "My Baby Sure Can Shag."

The current members include Charles Pope, his son Li’l Redd, Robert Arnold, Elton Richardson, Greg Gallashaw and Reginald Preston.

Member Joseph Jones Jr. (Little Joe) died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 31, 2010, at age 64.

Despite the unfortunate passing of “The Legendary Joe Pope”, The Tams have continued to be as popular as ever.

Fifty One years after the group’s formation, Charles and Li’l Redd continue to lead The Tams toward success. Fans clamor to see Charles Pope – Living Legend, and Li’l Redd – Fastest Feet in the South! And with a new generation of “Little Tams” coming along, Charles puts it best when he says “The Tams will NEVER die” !! We have three young Tams in training, Redd's son Mikai, Tiny's and Ti's, son King, and Elton son Jordan.
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ABCS 499 The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me! album art The Tams Hey Girl Don't Bother Me! (Album) ABC Records, ABC-Paramount ABCS 499 US 1964 Sell This Version
ABC-481 The Tams - Presenting album art The Tams Presenting (Album) ABC-Paramount ABC-481 US 1964 Sell This Version
ABC-S 596 The Tams - Time For The Tams album art The Tams Time For The Tams (Album) ABC Records, ABC Records ABC-S 596 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
ABC-627 The Tams - A Little More Soul album art The Tams A Little More Soul (Album) ABC Records ABC-627 US 1968 Sell This Version
ABCS-673 The Tams - A Portrait Of The Tams album art The Tams A Portrait Of The Tams (Album) ABC Records ABCS-673 US 1969 Sell This Version
I-SSL 10304, 1E 062 ◦ 91413 The Tams - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy album art The Tams Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy (Album) Stateside, Stateside I-SSL 10304, 1E 062 ◦ 91413 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ST-567 The Tams - Best Of The Tams album art The Tams Best Of The Tams (Album) 123, 123, 123 ST-567 US 1970 Sell This Version
WA 002 The Tams - Reminiscing album art The Tams Reminiscing(LP, Album) Wonder Records WA 002 US 1982 Sell This Version
CLTLB 6500 The Tams - Beach Music From The Tams album art The Tams Beach Music From The Tams (Album) Compleat Records CLTLB 6500 UK 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

717 The Tams - Deep Inside Me / If You're So Smart (Why Do You Have A Broken Heart) album art The Tams Deep Inside Me / If You're So Smart (Why Do You Have A Broken Heart) (Single) Arlen 717 US 1962 Sell This Version
1455X The Tams - Disillusioned / Untie Me album art The Tams Disillusioned / Untie Me (Single) Arlen 1455X Canada 1962 Sell This Version
none The Tams - What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) / Laugh It Off album art The Tams What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) / Laugh It Off (Single) ABC-Paramount none UK 1963 Sell This Version
729 The Tams - Find Another Love / Don't Ever Go album art The Tams Find Another Love / Don't Ever Go(7", Single) Arlen 729 US 1963 Sell This Version
720 The Tams - You'll Never Know / Blue Shadows album art The Tams You'll Never Know / Blue Shadows(7") Arlen 720 US 1963 Sell This Version
320 054 BF The Tams - Talking About My Baby / What Kind Of Fool album art The Impressions / The Tams The Impressions / The Tams - Talking About My Baby / What Kind Of Fool (Single) Philips 320 054 BF Germany 1964 Sell This Version
4-1312-R The Tams - Silly Little Girl album art The Tams Silly Little Girl (Single) ABC-Paramount 4-1312-R Canada 1964 Sell This Version
10533 The Tams - It's All Right (You're Just In Love) / You Lied To Your Daddy album art The Tams It's All Right (You're Just In Love) / You Lied To Your Daddy (Single) ABC-Paramount 10533 US 1964 Sell This Version
4-1284-R The Tams - Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me  album art The Tams Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me (Single) ABC-Paramount 4-1284-R Canada 1964 Sell This Version
ABC 90936 The Tams - Hey Little Girl album art The Tams Hey Little Girl(7", EP) Vega, ABC-Paramount ABC 90936 France 1964 Sell This Version
ABC 45-90926 The Tams - What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)  album art The Tams What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) (7", EP, Mono) Vega, ABC-Paramount ABC 45-90926 France 1964 Sell This Version
45-10614 The Tams - The Truth Hurts / Why Did My Little Girl Cry album art The Tams The Truth Hurts / Why Did My Little Girl Cry (Single) ABC-Paramount 45-10614 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-10741 The Tams - I've Been Hurt album art The Tams I've Been Hurt (Single) ABC-Paramount 45-10741 US 1965 Sell This Version
714 The Tams - Find Another Love / My Baby Loves Me album art The Tams Find Another Love / My Baby Loves Me (Single) General American 714 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-10635 The Tams - Unlove You / What Do You Do (When Your Lover Leaves You) album art The Tams Unlove You / What Do You Do (When Your Lover Leaves You) (Single) ABC-Paramount 45-10635 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-10702 The Tams - Concrete Jungle / Till The End Of Time album art The Tams Concrete Jungle / Till The End Of Time (Single) ABC-Paramount 45-10702 US 1965 Sell This Version