Hello, The Corsairs were an R&B/Doo-Wop vocal group from La Grange, North Carolina. Members include, Jay “Bird” Uzell, brothers James and Moses Uzell and cousin George Wooten. They performed as The Gleems and toured the East Coast. In 1961 they changed their name to The Corsairs. Their first single record was TIME WAITS/IT WON’T BE A SIN on Smash Records. The single failed to chart.
The group signed with Tuff Records later in 1961 and released their classic recording of, SMOKY PLACES. The single record made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on December 25, 1961 and became a favorite, on both radio and with the record buying public. The single climbed the Hot 100 all the way to #12 and remained a national hit for 15 weeks. On January 13, 1962 SMOKY PLACES made its Billboard R&B chart debut. The Corsairs hit did even better on the R&B chart as it reached #10 and remained on the chart for 16 weeks. SMOKY PLACES, was picked up for national distribution by the large Chess Records label.
In April of 1962 a follow-up record made its Hot 100 debut. I’LL TAKE YOU HOME did not reach the success of SMOKY PLACES, charting at #68. It fared better on the R&B chart, climbing to #26. The group continued releasing single records through 1964 but none of those reached the national charts.
Their one big hit, is still a favorite of Doo-Wop fans and is played on oldies radio. SMOKY PLACES is one of those songs that just does not grow old on you and sounds as fresh today as when it was a Top 10 hit in 1962. Another classic hit from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll” the late 1950’s through the 1960’s.