Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

The Corsairs! R&B Group

This is another single hit group from 1962.
The Corsairs
1.  Smokey Places/ Tuff 1808/ January 1962/ #12

The Corsairs were an American doo wop ensemble from La Grange, North Carolina.

The group consisted of three brothers and their cousin. Initially they performed as The Gleems, and toured the East Coast, where they were overheard by Abner Spector. Changing their name in 1961 to The Corsairs, they released their first single, “Time Waits” b/w “It Won’t Be a Sin” on Smash Records. Switching to Tuff Records, they released “Smoky Places”, which became a nationwide hit after being picked up for national distribution by Chess Records, hitting #10 R&B and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. The follow-up, “I’ll Take You Home”, peaked at #62, and they continued releasing singles until 1964, none of which managed to hit the charts.