The Coasters Went Searchin'

Early Rock and Roll had several groups and individuals that would do humorous songs. One of the most popular groups was 4 guys from L.A.: Starting with, Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn, joined by , Billy Guy and Leon Hughes, called THE COASTERS, followed by a long line of replacements over the years. In 1957 they signed with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City, where the legendary songwriters, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were operating in the music factory called, The Brill Building, at 1619 Broadway.

The Coasters recorded many of the L&S "storytelling" songs over the next decade including: Along Came Jones, Youngblood/Searchin' (a huge rare double-sided hit), , Poison Ivy, and many more than we have room for. Scott found this really nice clip from Dick Clark's, Saturday Night Show in 1960, with the Group doing what had been their biggest hit at the time, SEARCHIN'. For folks of a certain age that watched Bandstand after School, and Dick's Show on Saturday night this has the added treat of seeing him unveil the week's Top Ten Tunes on a primitive chart board.

In 1987 The Coasters were the first Group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with the original members. Note: What happened a lot in those days, was two or three groups calling themselves The Coasters would be Touring at the same time, and that kept the Courts busy trying to figure out who was who and who wasn' didn't matter though, having seen some of the knockoffs myself, if you didn't know it wasn't them, the music was still great. Here are they are doing their hit; Searchin'. @therealdonrocks

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