The Corsairs

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

The group consisted of the three Uzell brothers and their cousin, George Wooten. 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- Official Site 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.[1] 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.[2]

"Smoky Places" was used in the 1994 movie, There Goes My Baby,[3] and in the 2006 Sopranos episode "Mayham."[4]


  • Jay Uzell
  • James Uzell
  • Moses Uzell
  • George Wooten


  • "Time Waits" b/w "It Won't Be a Sin" (1961)
  • "Smoky Places" b/w "Thinkin'" (1961)
  • "I'll Take You Home" b/w "Sittin' on Your Doorstep" (1962)
  • "Dancing Shadows" b/w "While" (1962)
  • "At the Stroke of Midnight" b/w "Listen to My Little Heart" (1962)
  • "Stormy" b/w "It's Almost Sunday Morning" (1963)
  • "Save a Little Monkey" b/w "Save a Little Monkey (Instrumental)" (1963)
  • "The Change in You" b/w "On the Spanish Side" (1964, as Landy McNeil & the Corsairs)