Roberts Notes

Tams performed in all the major theatres and with all the major artists:


We was on tour with James Brown. Joe Pope was a lady man. He would get lost quite a bit in Joplin Missouri he got off the bus. Our next gig was in St Louis. He never miss a gig.    “R.L. Smith


Dec 7 1971 Tams top of the pops tour with Rod stewart. Big TV Show in England. during the show the 3rd man disappeared off stage. he had an emergency bathroom call. His name was Horace Key. – R.L. Smith


Big Beach Show @ myrtle beach SC. the temperature was in the 90’s very hot, Albert Cottle Sr. and Robert Smith Jumped in the pool with all the fans following them in . – R. L. Smith


Joe Pope was dating a white girl that looked like Patty Hearst, we was going to Albany. Ga. we noticed police coming in all directions we was about 20 miles from albany. Ran into a road block, guns were drawn on us. We all went downtown – R.L. Smith (did you get to do the show?) the girl was in the bus?



“In 1962 I was the Manager of a hotel where The Tams lived on Auburn Ave, Atlanta Ga. We had just finished rehearsing when the phone rang, it was Bill Lowrey. He Said he had heard much about The Tams and he wanted to record us. This was on Monday nite. and he told us how to get to his office. on Friday to pick up the tickets to Nashville. I was excited when we got to the bus station. I asked the man which bus were going to Memphis, Joe Pope said “Not Memphis, Robert, Nashville”.

We were at Bradley Studio recording in one studio and the 4 Seasons were in another recording “Sherry” and Solomon Burke was recording in another Studio.”


People played with

Gladys Knight and the Fabulos Pips
Harold Chuck Willis
Little Richard
Impressions featuring Curtis MAyfield
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
Major Lance
Bobby Blue Bland
Patty LaBelle and the BlueBells
The Temptations
Four Seasons

Jackie Wilson Show – p84

  1. B.B. King
  2. Irma Thomas
  3. Gene Chandler
  4. The Drifters
  5. Same and Dave
  6. Georgous George

James Brown Show p-68

  1. Solomon Burke
  2. Garnett Mimms
  3. Dionne Warwick
  4. Otis Redding
  5. The Orlons
  6. Dan and Jean
  7. Anna King
  8. Timmy Shaw
  9. The James Brown Orchestra
  10. King Coleman
  11. Paul Williams

Herndon park p.67

  1. Clyde MaPhatter
  2. LaVon Baker
  3. Lloyd Price
  4. The Coasters
  5. Frankie Lymon
  6. Little Anthony and the Imperials
  7. The Crests
  8. Bo Diddly
  9. The Chantells
  10. Wade Flemons
  11. Bobby Hendricks
  12. Clay Tyson MC

Auburn Ave – p-51

  1. Sam Cooke
  2. Dee Clark
  3. Hank Ballard
  4. Midnighters
  5. Big Maybelle
  6. The Drifters
  7. Pete Diggs
  8. Barrett STRONG
  9. Hank Moore and his orchestra
  10. Cornell Muldrow and his orchestra


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