Bands: The Coasters

The CoastersThe Coasters is a rhythm and blues and rock and roll vocal band that was born in LA, CA., which had several commercial hits on the international pop charts during the decades of the 50s and 60s. Their first international hits were songs like “Searchin'” and “Young blood”. Of course, these memorable songs were written by none others than the dynamic duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Coasters’ songs and trademark style have been frequently imitated or replicated by other bands and their influence was such that they left an important legacy to the music of the 60s decade. The Coasters formed in the fall of the year 1955. The original members of the band were Gardner, Billy Guy, Nunn, Leon Hughes (sometimes replaced by Young Jessie on some of the early LA recordings), and last but not least, the guitar licks of Adolph Jacobs, who left the band in the year 1959.


The main styles played by the Coasters were, of course, rhythm and blues and doo wop. The Coasters had a unique twist, identified by the marked influence of Country and Western music and even the themes of their songs are generally set in the American Old West.


The songwriting dynamic duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had just started a new project, namely Spark Records, in 1955, when they produced “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” by The Robins. The album was so popular that Atlantic Records offered Leiber and Stoller independent production contracts. Only two of The Robins (Gardner and Nunn) were willing to make the switch to Atlantic Records, while the other two members refused. In late 1957, the group decided to move to NYC and replaced Nunn and Hughes with new members, this time C. Gunter and Will “Dub” Jones. The quartet remained stationed in NYC the subsequent years, producing and recording more albums.