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The Tams

Genre: 60’s Bands, 70’s Bands, 80’s Bands, Beach Bands, Cover Bands, Dance Bands, Motown Bands, Oldies Bands, R&B Bands, Show Bands, Soul Bands, Wedding Bands
Location: Atlanta, GA
Price Range: $3500-$5000

About The Band

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.

This live, party band 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 dance band 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 35 years, since he was 6 years old and Greg Gallashaw, Reginald Preston, Robert Arnold and Elton Richardson has been a members for over 15 years. They are the Beach, they are good times, they are times, they are simply rock and roll at it"s finest.

For booking information on The Tams or to book or hire this band for your wedding reception, college event, corporate function or concert, click on the Request Booking Information tab below.

Reviews:

"Saw the TAMS at the Plaza jam. A great show, could not ask for anything more. I go war back with the TAMS playing at the Coachman & Four club back in 1969 and up. Great entertainers."

"Saw The Tams first time ever, at Panama City Beach on Friday, September 23, 2016. Was totally caught by surprised! Lil Red has super energy and the Tams overall performance was nothing short of spectacular!! GREAT JOB FORKS! COME BACK TO PANAMA CITY. Yay!"

"I loved seeing the tams with the drifters little red jumped off the stage and sang walking through the audience. he stopped next to my friend patsy who had hurt herself falling recently. he sang I've been hurt to her and said he would not forget her. he picked a member of the audience to sing on stage. he couldn't sing but he danced with the tams. I enjoyed the show patsy and I want to see them again."

Available For:

College Bands ,Corporate Events ,Festivals ,Fraternity/Sorority Parties ,Nightclubs ,Private Parties ,Rehearsal Dinner Bands ,Wedding Bands

Songlist

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