Robert Ray Whitley, best known for composing many songs recorded by the Tams, passed away on May 5, following several months of illness. Mr. Whitley was born in Columbus, Georgia and was a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His songwriting credits include "What Kind of Fool" , "Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me" and "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" (co-written with J.R. Cobb of the Atlanta Rhythm Section) for the Tams. His songs were also recorded by Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal, the Swinging Medallions and Mylon LeFevre. Mr. Whitley was also an accomplished performer in his own right. Back in the late '60s and early '70s I saw him perform numerous times at folk clubs in Atlanta and Athens. He was a talented and gracious man, who unfortunately battled his own demons in later years. He's often confused with another Georgia-born artist with the same name, who had great success in the '30s as a cowboy singer-songwriter in Hollywood.