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The classic Coasters lineup.

The Coasters are a Rhythm and Blues/rock and roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Beginning with "Searchin'" and "Young Blood," their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and producing team of Leiber and Stoller. Although the Coasters originated outside of mainstream doo wop, their records were so frequently imitated that they became an important part of the doo wop legacy through the 1960s. Image File history File links Coasters_promo. ... Image File history File links Coasters_promo. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Searchin was a song written by Leiber and Stoller specifically for The Coasters on the Atco Records label, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. ... Young Blood is a song written by the acclaimed songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, together with Doc Pomus, in 1957. ... Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley & Jerry Leiber Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most influential songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ...

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History

The Coasters' forerunners were The Robins, a Los Angeles based rhythm and blues group, which included Bobby Nunn and Carl Gardner in 1955. The original Coasters' members were Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Bobby Nunn, Leon Hughes, and guitarist Adolph Jacobs. Jacobs left the group in 1959. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Coasters were an American doo wop and early rock and roll group, evolving from The Robins, a Los Angeles based doo wop group. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Carl Gardner is a singer best known as a member of The Coasters Gardner formed the group along with Bobby Nunn in 1955 Gardner continues to tour with his Original Coasters group as of 2005 and is the only member of the original group still performing. ... Billy Guy was born on June 20, 1936, died on November 5, 2002, at the age of 66. ... Ulysses B. Bobby Nunn (September 20, 1925–November 5, 1986) was a singer with the musical groups The Robins and The Coasters. ... Leon Hughes was born Thomas Leon Hughes on August 26, 1932 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He is best known as an original member of The Coasters. ...


The songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had started Spark Records, and in 1955 produced "Smokey Joe's Cafe" for The Robins. The record was popular enough that Atlantic Records offered Leiber and Stoller an independent production contract to produce The Robins for the Atlantic label. Only two of The Robins-- Gardner and Nunn -- were willing to make the move to Atlantic. In late 1957 the group moved to New York and replaced Nunn and Young Jessie (the tenor who had substituted for Hughes on a handful of Los Angeles recordings) with Cornelius Gunter and Will "Dub" Jones. The new quartet was from then on stationed in New York (although all had Los Angeles roots). Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley & Jerry Leiber Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most influential songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Spark Records was a record label started by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Young Jessie was born Obediah Donnell Obie Jessie on December 28, 1936, in Lincoln Manor, Dallas, Texas. ... Cornell Gunter (February 26, 1990–November 14, 1938) was an American rhythm and blues singer, most active in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Will Dub Jones was born on May 14, 1928, died on January 16, 2000, at the age of 71. ...


The Coasters' association with Leiber and Stoller was an immediate success. Together they created a string of good-humored "storytelling" hits that are some of the most entertaining from the original era of rock and roll. Their first single, "Down in Mexico", was an R&B hit in 1956. The following year, The Coasters crossed over to the national charts in a big way with the double-sided "Young Blood"/"Searchin'". Searchin was the group's first U.S. Top 10 hit, and topped the R&B charts for 13 weeks, becoming the biggest R&B single of 1957 (all these were recorded in Los Angeles). Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Young Blood is a song written by legendary songwriting team Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller (together with Doc Pomus), which was originally recorded by The Coasters. ... Searchin was a song written by Leiber and Stoller specifically for The Coasters on the Atco Records label, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. ...


"Yakety Yak", which included King Curtis on tenor saxophone and included the famous lineup of Gardner, Guy, Jones and Gunter, became the act's only national #1 single, and also topped the R&B chart. The next single, "Charlie Brown", reached #2 on both charts. This was followed by "Along Came Jones", "Poison Ivy" (#1 for a month on the R&B chart), and "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)". Yakety Yak was a song written, produced, and arranged by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Coasters and released on Atlantic Records in 1958, spending seven weeks as number one on List of number one rhythm and blues hits and the Hot 100 number one pop list. ... Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934– August 13, 1971), who performed under the name King Curtis, was an American tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist who played rhythm and blues, soul, rock, and soul jazz. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... Charlie Brown is a popular song that was a top-ten hit for The Coasters in the spring of 1959. ... Along Came Jones is a novelty hit originally recorded by The Coasters, but covered by many other groups and individuals. ... Poison Ivy was a top-ten hit for the Coasters during the summer of 1959. ...


Changing popular tastes, and a couple of line-up changes contributed to a lack of hits in the 1960s. During this time, Billy Guy was also working on solo projects, so New York singer Vernon Harrell was brought in to replace Guy for stage performances. Later members included Earl "Speedo" Carroll, Ronnie Bright, Jimmy Norman, and guitarist Thomas "Curly" Palmer. The Coasters signed with Columbia Records in 1966, but were never able to regain their former fame. The Coasters had a minor chart entry with "Love Potion No. 9" in 1971. In Britain, a 1994 Volkswagen TV advertisement used the group's "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have to Pass" track, which led to a minor chart placement in that country. Billy Guy was born on June 20, 1936, died on November 5, 2002, at the age of 66. ... // Vernon Verne Harrell was an R&B singer from New York who released several singles in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Earl Speedo Carroll (Born November 2, 1937[1]) is the lead vocalist for the doo wop group The Cadillacs. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Love Potion No. ... Volkswagen AG (ISIN: DE0007664005), or VW, is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. ...


The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, crediting the members of the 1958-era configuration. The Coasters also joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


Several groups used the name in the 1970s, touring throughout the country, though Carl Gardner, one of the original Coasters, held the legal rights to it. Gardner continued to tour with the Coasters and has made many attempts to stop bogus groups with no connection to the original group from using the name. In late 2005 Carl's son Carl Gardner, Jr. took over as lead with the group, when his father retired.[1] Carl Gardner is a singer best known as a member of The Coasters Gardner formed the group along with Bobby Nunn in 1955 Gardner continues to tour with his Original Coasters group as of 2005 and is the only member of the original group still performing. ...


As of 2007, all of the other original group members, except Leon Hughes, have either died or retired. Some of the former members suffered tragic ends. Saxophonist and "fifth Coaster" King Curtis was stabbed to death by two junkies outside his apartment building in 1971. Cornelius Gunter was shot to death while sitting in a Las Vegas parking garage in 1990. Nate Wilson, a later member of one of a Gunter off-shoot Coasters group, was shot and his body was dismembered in 1980. [2] Leon Hughes was born Thomas Leon Hughes on August 26, 1932 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He is best known as an original member of The Coasters. ... Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934– August 13, 1971), who performed under the name King Curtis, was an American tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist who played rhythm and blues, soul, rock, and soul jazz. ... The most common term of the word junkie (or junky) is to describe a drug addict. ...


Former manager Patrick Cavanaugh was convicted of the murder after Wilson threatened to notify authorities of Cavanaugh's intent to buy furniture with stolen checks. While Cavanaugh was convicted of the murder and given the death sentence in 1984, his sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died in 2006, in Nevada's Ely State Prison. Cavanaugh was 60. [[1]] Official language(s) English Capital Carson City Largest city Las Vegas Area  Ranked 7th  - Total 110,567 sq mi (286,367 km²)  - Width 322 miles (519 km)  - Length 490 miles (788 km)  - % water 0. ... Ely State Prison is a maximum security prison located in Ely, Nevada. ...


The Coasters in some form continue to appear regularly on "oldies" shows and PBS specials as old favorites and are available for bookings.[3]


The Hits list below is from Joel Whitburn's Top R&B Singles and from the Pop positions published in Bill Millar's book "The Coasters" (1975). In late June, 2007 Carl Gardner's autobiography "Carl Gardner: Yakety Yak I Fought Back - My Life with The Coasters" was published at AuthorHouse.


Hit singles

Entry Date Title Peak Chart Positions
US Pop Charts UK Singles Chart US R&B Charts
3/56 "Down In Mexico" b/w "Turtle Dovin'" - - # 8
9/56 "One Kiss Led To Another" # 73 - # 11
5/57 "Searchin'" c/w # 3 # 30 # 1
5/57 "Young Blood" # 8 # 1
10/57 "Idol With The Golden Head" # 64 - -
5/58 "Yakety Yak" # 1 # 12 # 1
2/59 "Charlie Brown" # 2 # 6 # 2
5/59 "Along Came Jones" # 9 - # 14
8/59 "Poison Ivy" c/w # 7 # 15 # 1
8/59 "I'm A Hog For You" # 38 - -
12/59 "Run Red Run" c/w # 36 - # 29
12/59 "What About Us" # 47 - # 17
5/60 "Besame Mucho" # 70 - -
6/60 "Wake Me, Shake Me" # 51 - # 14
10/60 "Shoppin' For Clothes" # 83 - -
2/61 "Wait A Minute" # 37 - -
4/61 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" # 23 - # 16
8/61 "Girls Girls Girls" # 96 - -
3/64 "T'ain't Nothin' To Me" # 64 - # 20
12/71 "Love Potion Number Nine" # 76 - -
8/94 "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass" - # 41 -

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ The Coasters Web Site. Retrieved on 2006-11-30.
  2. ^ The Coasters Website. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  3. ^ The Coasters Website. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.

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External links

  • The Coasters Web Site with the true story and complete discography
  • History of Coasters' membership changes

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The Coasters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (429 words)
The Coasters were an American doo wop and early rock and roll group, evolving from The Robins, a Los Angeles based doo wop group.
The Coasters continued their association with the Robins' legendary songwriters, Leiber and Stoller.
Earl Speedo Carroll (formerly and nowadays with The Cadillacs) and Ronnie Bright (from The Valentines became new tenor and bass singers and The Coasters signed with Columbia Records, but were never able to regain their former fame.
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