The Coasters are one of the big rock and roll groups from the late 1950s. Their double-sided smash hit…SEARCHIN’-#3 Top 100 and #1 for 12 weeks on the R&B chart, with the flip-side…YOUNG BLOOD-#8 Top 100 and #1 R&B was one of the biggest hits of 1957.
In June of 1958 they charted a record that would become their biggest Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 hit…YAKETY YAK on Atco Records (6116). The single became The Coasters only #1 hit on the pop chart and remained on the Top 100 for 16 weeks. The Coasters crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart and charted their third #1 hit single. YAKETY YAK was awarded a Grammy: Hall of Fame Award and the song was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.
The flip-side of the single is one of The Coasters best…ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART a wonderful doo-wop song that proves just how really good The Coasters were. Their vocalizing is superb and the up-tempo beat moves you through one of their best recordings ever. The single did not chart, but did receive some air-play. It should have been a Top 10 hit.
The Coasters would chart 19 Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 hits between 1956 and 1971. The original group included members: Carl Gardner-lead, Billy Guy-baritone lead, Leon Hughes-tenor, Bobby Nunn-bass and Adolph Jacobs-guitar. Cornelius Gunter joined the group in 1957 and left in 1961. The Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
CLICK THE TITLE BELOW…THE COASTERS…ARE SINGING THEIR MILLION-SELLER…”YAKETY YAK” AND THEIR DOO-WOP CLASSIC…”ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART”.
Till the next time—Joe