Personalities | The Coasters | Fifties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1955–61)

Formed in 1955 in Los Angeles by ex-members of The Robins: Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn, with Billy Guy and Leon Hughes, plus Adolph Jacobs (guitar), The Coasters were a black act enjoying popularity across the colour divide. Produced by white New Yorkers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote their often humorous hits, they scored with million-sellers ‘Searchin’’ (1957, US Top 3), ‘Yakety Yak’ (1958, US No. 1/UK Top 20), ‘Charlie Brown’ (1959, US Top 3 /UK Top 10) and ‘Poison Ivy’ (US Top 10/UK Top 20, later covered by The Rolling Stones). Tracks featured sax player King Curtis. Hits ended in the early 1960s.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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