Who are THE TAMS?
As far as I know they are the ONLY American music group performing today that are in their THIRD generation as THE TAMS!
There are so called SECOND generation groups performing as the ORIGINAL group but many of them have NO member who was part of the ORIGINAL group like the THIRD generation Tams have with the GRANDCHILDREN!
I first heard of The Tams back in 1965 when they played their UPBEAT R&B music throughout the South and even in the area of Wake Forest University where my fraternity brothers use to rave about them. After hearing their 45s in the frat house I became a LIFE LONG fan of The Tams!
While in Atlanta in the early 80s my partner Jimmy Faulkner and I put on the Great American Footrace and we had The Tams perform for us at our big event. My next association with The Tams was when my friend and author of This Magic Moment, Harry Turner and Mike Campbell, produced the 40th year tribute to another legendary R&B group – The Original Drifters.
My co-founder partner and I got to know the wife of one of the founding members of The Tams, Diane Pope, while working with our Southern Music Association. She gave me a Tams CD which I cherish.
My co-founder partner, Ron Rich, just told me that The Tams have in the past few years played at events in Clayton, Georgia.
Add up the years between 1965 when I learned of The Tams to 2016 and just in my love affair with this legendary group there are 51 YEARS!
So I just spoke to Edna Snowden in Atlanta who has been inspirational in keeping the music of groups like The Tams in front of especially the Atlanta music scene and she was thrilled with our decision to induct The Tams.
We discussed an October 2016 time frame for the induction ceremony in Atlanta.
In the next post I will share more about this legendary R&B group.