Tuesday, June 14, 2011

'Charlie Brown' sings no more...

The world of rock and roll music lost a great pioneer with the announcement of the death of singer Carl Gardner, leader of the LEGENDARY 50s group, The Coasters, at the age of 83.
A native of Tyler, Texas, Garner's distinctive voice was heard of such classics as "Charlie Brown," "Poison Ivy," "Young Blood," "Searchin'" and "Yakety Yak." They were great rock and roll songs, wonderfully humorous and were the standard bearers for one of the all-time greatest songwriting duos, Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller. Each song was like a small vignette and The Coasters, on stage, were often more comedy troupe than quartet.
But make NO mistake, they could sing. Originally formed in Los Angeles as The Robins, doing two of the great old R&B numbers, "Riot in Cell Block Number Nine" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe," they changed to The Coasters in 1955.
How important WERE they? They were the first R&B vocal group inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Rest in Peace, Carl Gardner...

No comments: