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PHOTOS: The Tams help Rockingham Plaza Jam crowd be young, fooolish and happy

Lil Redd dances in the center of Cole Plaza as The Tams perform for the 19th year at Rockingham's Plaza Jam. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Legendary R&B group The Tams returned to Cole Plaza for the 19th year Thursday evening for the Plaza Jam summer concert series.

Backing band 14-K Gold opened the show with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and performed renditions of several other hits including “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Soul Man” before beckoning the crowd to stand for the entrance of “The Mighty, Mighty Tams.”

Frontman Albert “Lil Redd” Cottle didn’t stay on stage long before making his way through the audience, belting out the band’s classics — “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” and “I’ve Been Hurt” — and other tunes, including the O’Jays’ “Love Train,” “Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and the Chairmen of the Board’s “Carolina Girls.”


The Tams are the only band to perform every year since Plaza Jam’s inception.

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