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Show business has never seen a group quite like THE COASTERS®. They occupy a
special niche in the music field. Because of their style and approach, they are in a class of
their own. No wonder THE COASTERS® are labeled "THE CLOWN PRINCE'S OF
ROCK AND ROLL".
THE COASTERS® first hit "DOWN IN MEXICO" was released in the spring of 1956.
Sold approximately 500,000 copies. In 1957 they hit the chart with a double-sided smash
"YOUNG BLOOD" the "A" side and "SEARCHIN" The "B" side. Each sold a million
copies. This put THE COASTERS® on the road to a long career.
In 1958 THE COASTERS® again hit the chart with two blockbuster hits, "YAKETY
YAK" and "CHARLIE BROWN". These stayed on the Billboard top ten list for several
weeks with "YAKETY YAK" in the No.1 position and "CHARLIE BROWN" in the No.2
position. From then on it was hit after hit for THE COASTERS®, with such hits as
"POISON IVY", "ALONG CAME JONES", "LITTLE EGYPT", "LOVE POTION
NUMBER 9" "ZING WITH THE STRINGS OF MY HEART", "BABY THAT'S ROCK
AND ROLL" and many, many more. All of THE COASTERS® materials were written
and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote for Peggy Lee, The Dixie
Cups, Ruth Brown, Elvis Presley, The Drifters, just to name a few.
THE COASTERS consists of four vocalists. Joe Williams ( tenor/baritone), Primotivo
Candelaria), (First Tenor) Dennis Anderson ,(second tenor), Eddie Whitfield (Bass).
Over fifty years and THE COASTERS® are still going strong under the management of
Veta Gardner, wife of the late Carl Gardner Sr., the original lead singer and founder of the
COASTERS®, passed away on June 12,2011. Veta tries to maintain the performance of the
current group in the same style and quality of the original group. Carl Gardner Sr. was the
last surviving member of The COASTERS that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame on January 21,1987. THE COASTERS® has received many awards during their
lifetime.
Though often imitated, THE COASTERS® has never been duplicated, and continues to do
what they do best, "ENTERTAIN" their audiences.
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