Hi,  The Coasters were one of the primer vocal groups of the 50s and early 60s.  Their blend of R&B, Pop and humor made their songs favorites among the record buying public and the DJ who spun their records over the AM airwaves.  The Coasters formed in Los Angeles, California in late 1955.  Members included Carl Gardner-ex Robins member, Billy Guy, Leon Hughes, Bobby Nunn-ex Robins member and Adolph Jacobs.  Cornelius Gunter joined the group in 1957 and left in 1961.  The Coasters were known for their comic recordings, primarily of Leiber & Stoller songs.

Their first Top 10 Billboard Top 100 song entered the chart on May 6, 1957.  “YOUNG BLOOD” on Atco Records made its way up the Top 100 and peaked at #8.  It remained on the chart for 24 weeks.  It also crossed over to the R&B chart where it became a #1 hit record.

Just a week later, on May 13, 1957 the other side of The Coasters record entered the Top 100.  “SEARCHIN'” became the bigger of the two sides as it peaked at #3 on the Top 100 and remained on the chart for 26 weeks.  The story doesn’t stop there, on the Billboard R&B chart the song was #1 for an amazing 12 weeks.  The Coasters double-sided hit became a million seller and one of the biggest charting single records ever on the Billboard R&B chart.

The Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  They had so many great songs that were yet to come when they recorded their classic hits in 1957, “YAKETY YAK”, “CHARLIE BROWN”, “ALONG CAME JONES”, “POISON IVY” and others.

Till the next time—Joe


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