‘Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy:’ Center stage with sixties soul quintet the Tams

The Tams were a criminally underrated soul quintet from the Deep South during the tumultuous 1960's. With hits including “What Kind of Fool [Do You Think I Am],” “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me,” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” the beloved staples of beach music burst onto the music scene in late 1962 with their top 15 R&B hit “Untie Me,” composed by the late, great Joe South. Cool it baby: Check out the eye-popping pink and yellow cover artwork for “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me!,” dropped by the Tams in 1964 on ABC-Paramount Records. Image Credit: Cover Design by Steve Madison / Universal Music Group

The Tams were a criminally underrated soul quintet during their 1960’s heyday. Notching their fledgling hits on the independent Arlen Records of Philadelphia, the Tams were quickly picked up by ABC-Paramount, where they remained throughout the tumultuous decade.