The Coasters perform at Reinhardt!
By: Sergio Salgado
WALESKA, Ga. — Are you a fan of the Arts and Rock ‘n’ Roll vocal groups? If you answered yes, then come out to the Falany Performing Arts Center on September 7th to see The Coasters in action. The Coasters are a Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll vocal group that formed in the late 1950’s. The songwriting duo of Leiber and Stoller are credited with the creation and production of some of the group’s most successful songs. Songs like “Searchin”, “Young Blood”, “Yakkety Yak”, “Charlie Brown”, “Poison Ivy” and countless others contributed to the group’s success and led to them being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 1987.
Previous members of The Coasters have paved the way for the current lineup. A total of 21 members have been a part of the group’s sixty-four year history, and between them they have produced a total of nine studio albums over a quarter-century. Four of the men have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: lead vocalist Carl Gardner, baritone vocalist Billy Guy, bass vocalist Will Jones, and tenor vocalist Cornell Gunter. All four men were a part of the group in the late 1950’s.
On October 12, 1955 two members of a Los Angeles rhythm-and-blues group called The Robins went to Atlantic Records. They were nicknamed The Coasters because they had traveled from the west coast to the east coast. The original members of the group were Carl Gardner, Bobby Nunn, Billy Guy, Leon Hughes, and Adolph Jacobs. The song-writing duo of Leiber and Stoller worked for Atlantic Records under a independent production contract with the Robins and in 1957 they moved to New York along with The Coasters to begin their association.
The team-up between the group and Leiber and Stoller was immensely successful. In 1957, the double-sided “Young Blood”/”Searchin” became the group’s first U.S. Top 10 Hit and it topped the R&B charts for thirteen weeks straight. “Yakkety Yak” is the group’s only national number one hit as it topped the R&B chart and it was followed by a string of other hits that either became number one or charted in the top ten. Some of their songs were so popular that they were featured in films. Their continued success led to the group’s induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
The Coasters are an incredibly talented vocal group who have been able to endure the test of time due to their captivating music. They’re a group that should be experienced in person and it is Reinhardt’s pleasure to welcome them on September 7th. They will perform twice, first at 3:00 p.m. and then again at 7. Tickets are available online on Reinhardt’s website, we hope to see you there!
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