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The Tams to kick off rodeo events

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By Nancy Parsons

The 6th Annual Great Falls Rescue Squad Pro Rodeo, sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association, will kick off with a performance by The Tams.

The Tams will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 7 at the Old Republic Ballfield behind the Great Falls Presbyterian Church at 500 Dearborn St., Great Falls.

Gates open at 4 p.m.

“Dancing will be allowed/expected,” Great Falls Rescue Squad Captain Terry Sims said. “And concessions will be available.”

The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for more than 40 years with hits such as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” “What Kind of Fool?,” “I’ve been Hurt” and “Untie Me.”

The Tams have had two gold records and one platinum single.

“What Kind of Fool?” hit No. 9 on the Billboard charts and No. 6 on the R&B charts. “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me” hit No. 1 in the United Kingdom in 1971.

While “Be Young, Be Foolish” only hit No. 26 on the Top 40, the single sold more than 1 million copies, sending it to platinum status. In 1986, “Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin’” hit No. 6 in UK Billboard charts, before being banned due to the UK’s definition of “shag.”

Though their style of music has historically been referred to as beach music, it can also be classified as a mixture of smooth soul and R&B. Their show is fun, fresh and exciting and appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

As an added bonus, Lauren Terry, the 50th Miss Rodeo USA, will also attend the event.

Tickets are available online at www.greatfallsrescue.com and also at the gate. The cost of the tickets are $30 for couples and $20 for individuals. Parking is free.