The Tams

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.

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

Contemporary/ Dance

Bobby Brown – My Perogative
Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
Cameo – Word Up
E.U. – Da Butt
Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove Tonight
Marcia Griffith – Electric Slide
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean, Rock With You
Morris Day & The Time – Jungle Love, The Bird
Van McCoy – The Hustle

Modern Rock/ Classic Rock/ Alternative

Beatles – Hey Jude
Bob Segar – Old Time Rock And Roll
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running
Gap Band – Early In The Morning, You Dropped A Bomb
Jimmy Buffett – Flesh & Bone, Margaritaville
L.T.D. – (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
Ohio Players – Fire, Rollercoaster
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction

Motown/ Oldies/ Beach

Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Brook Benton – Rainy Night In Georgia
Chubby Checker – The Twist
Drifters – Magic Moment, Under The Boardwalk, Up On The Roof
Embers – I Love Beach Music
Four Tops – Reach Out, Same Old Song, 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, Mighty Love
Supremes – Can’t Hurry Love
Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Get Ready, My Girl, Wish It Would Rain
The O’Jays – Love Train, Put Your Hands Together
Wilson Pickett – Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally
Young Rascals – Good Lovin’

R&B/ Funk/ 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, Easy
James Brown – I Feel Good, Living In America
Jerry Butler – Your Precious Love
Kool & The Gang – Celebration, Get Down On It, Joanna
Marvin Gaye – Pride And Joy, Stubborn Kind Of Fella, What’s Going On
Parliament Funkadelic – Flashlight
Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
Rick James – Super Freak
Showmen – 39-21-40 Shape, Hey Baby
Village People – Ymca

The Tams

have had four #1 songs

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The Tams was last modified: March 21st, 2016 by Jason Guinn