The Tams are a Southern soul vocal group from Atlanta, Georgia, who enjoyed their greatest chart success in the 1960s, and the 1970s, and most improbably in the 1980s.
Formed in 1960, the band experienced their first successful single in 1962 when “Untie me” peaked at #12 on the R&B charts.
The Tams then had a huge smash with “What kind of fool (Do you think I am),” which reached #6 on the Billboard pop charts in 1964.
Their 1965 recording “I’ve been hurt” was their biggest regional hit.
In 1971 The Tams had a surprise #1 UK singles chart smash with a reissue of “Hey girl don’t bother me.”
The group didn’t chart again until 1987, when their song “There ain’t nothing like shaggin'” reached #21 in UK, propelled by a regionally-popular dance known as the Carolina shag, which featured heavily in the subsequent 1989 film “Shag”.
Still quite popular in the Southeastern United States, they continue to record new music and perform at well-attended concerts.
Original member Charles Pope died from Alzheimer’s disease on July 11, 2013.