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The Coasters
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Vocalists
    (1955- )
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Carl Gardner (April 29, 1928- ), lead
    Bobby Nunn (September 20, 1925-November5, 1986), bass
    Leon Hughes (August 26, 1932- ), tenor
    Billy Guy (June 20, 1936-November 5, 2002)
    Nunn left in 1957, replaced by Will 'Dub' Jones (May 14, 1928-January 16, 2000)
    Hughes left in 1957, replaced by Cornell Gunter (November 14, 1938-February 26, 1990)
    Recorded 'Searchin' (1957), 'Young Blood' (1957), 'Yakety Yak' (1958), 'Charlie Brown' (1958), 'Along Came Jones' (1959), 'Poison Ivy' (1959), 'Run Red Run' (1959) and 'Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)' (1961)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)
    Guy posed with a guitar in early publicity shots even though he did not play.
    Many of their hits were novelty songs.
    They had no successes without songwriters/producers Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.
    Various ex-Coasters led rival bands on the oldies circuit. (The Original Coasters, The Fabulous Coasters, The World-Famous Coasters, etc.)
    The official version of the Coasters (the one with the legal rights to the name) is lead by Gardner's son and features no singers from their hit-making days.
    Lieber and Stoller wrote, 'Of all the record sessions we ever produced, the ones with the Coasters were the most fun.'
    Beneath the humor, their songs often made incisive points about American culture and lampooned racial stereotypes.
    Gardner returned to performing less than a year after being treated for throat cancer (1994).
    Gunter was shot to death in his car and his murder remains unsolved.

Credit: C. Fishel


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