OFF-SHOOT COASTERS RECORDS
The recordings by The
Note: Members of the
non-original Coasters´ groups may not all agree with the editor´s "fake
Edited by Claus Röhnisch
Thanks to Stefan Pingel-Wriedt, Charles Sheen, Todd Baptista, Joy Stewart-Evans,
Bob McGrath, and Matthew Broyles.
WITH DISCOGRAPHY & OFF-SHOT, FAKE & BOGUS COASTERS CHART
Against Impostors at YouTube
Bobby Nunn´s Coasters in Germany 1982
(Nunn, Richards, Sheen; and top left unknown).
ctsy Stefan Pingel- Wriedt.
Cornell Gunter´s Coasters in 1974
(Buster Wilson, Teddy Harper, Gunter)
ctsy Teddy Harper & Marv Goldberg.
to common belief, the Coasters did not sing behind Little Richard on the film track of
"The Girl Can´t Help It" (neither did the Robins), and not behind any Elvis
recordings. There is, though, a possibility that the Coasters sang behind LaVern Baker on
her March, 1957 Los Angeles recording of "Jim Dandy Got Married". There is also
some evidence stating the Coasters backed Bobby Hendricks on "Itchy Twitchy
Feeling" in mid 1958,
and that it was the Coasters backing Hendricks on the Drifters' recording of "Drip
Drop" in April, 1958.
Leon Hughes, Cornell Gunter, Billy Guy, Will Jones, Billy
Richards Jr, and Grady Chapman have all in one
way or another launched non-original Coasters groups (and so have others who have no direct connection to
Bobby Nunn with
Billy Richards Jr, Bobby Sheen, Grady Chapman, Randy Jones
Nunn´s Coasters, originally called "The Coasters, Mark II",
started acting in late 1962 and were well established on the West Coast and toured the
South and even Germany (during the first years including Billy Richards Jr and Bobby Sheen
- and from 1964 also Grady Chapman of the early Robins). Billy Richards Jr is a nephew of
the Robins´ Billy Richard. Richards Jr ironically sued Carl in 1991 for using the Coasters´ name. Bobby Sheen (born 1941, died
in LA on November 23, 2000) had joined the Robins already in 1958 (after leaving high
school) together with Richards Jr. In late 1962 (after having acted with Bob B. Soxx and the
Blue Jeans for Phil Spector) Sheen and Richards Jr joined Nunn to form Nunn´s Coasters, Mark II,
soon joined by Grady Chapman. The four continued to tour until 1966, when Randy Jones joined
(Randy had sung with the Flairs, the Penguins, and the Flares and acted with almost all
the fake Coasters groups. He died in 2002). In 1970 Nunn "handed" the name
"The Coasters" to Sheen and Richards Jr. After Nunn´s death the two of them
started their attempts to copyright procedures (originally managed by Larry
Marshak - ending in an agreement between Gardner and
Richards Jr). Bobby Sheen had told his son at the time of Nunn´s death that there were
nine groups claiming to be "The Coasters".
More on Bobby Sheen -
and more |
Coasters on TV |
Bobby Nunn's Coasters of 1977.
Bobby Nunn´s Coasters of the early
´70s; Right: Richards, Sheen, Randy Jones, and Nunn.
Left: Bobby Nunn´s Coasters in the early 1960s with
Randy Jones, Richards Jr and Nunn.
Right: Billy Richards´ and Bobby Sheen´s Coasters of 1973;
from left: Richards Jr, Bobby Sheen, and Randy Jones. Photos ctsy Charles Sheen.
Nonny Nunn's Coasters with Randy, Richards and Shenn.
Chicken.Churches jingle mp3 (1985)
(featuring Bobby Sheen, Bobby Nunn, Billy
Richards, and Sonny Chaney)
ctsy Charles Sheen
of Nunn´s group turned into two groups - one led by Billy Richards Jr and one by Grady
Chapman. The Billy Richards Jr group toured as Billy Richards´ Coasters
and also as "The (West) Coasters" - with managements in
Tennessee, California and New York (Larry Marshak, SIC). His group originally included
remnants of the late Nunn´s Coasters group - Randy Jones, Tommy Turner and Bobby Sheen -
sometimes also Tony Ruiz and Dexter Tisby. In 1989 the group consisted of Richards, Sheen
and Randy Jones. By the late ´90s Richards´ group featured Henry Miller, Larry Tate and
Sandy Wyatt (who continued to perform after Richards´ brain anuerisym). Billy Richards´
Coasters (with Richards Jr still up front - although in bad condition) still acted in
2002 - singing all The Coasters´ original hits; and with Larry Tate acting bass
"equally as good as Dub Jones" (fan Sam Leandro reports). Billy
Richards' Coasters of today have a
web entry at myspace.com with a lot of "borrowed" material from this
site, but also some audios and extra information of that group. Members of
the group according to that entry in 2006 are:
Billy Richards, Larry Tate, Duane Jackson, and
Billy Richards' Coasters today.
Billy Richards´ Coasters in
the ´90s and - below: today.
image left: Billy Richards´ Coasters
of 1991 (Larry Tate,
Billy Richards, B.J. Mitchell, and Duane Jackson.-
thanks to Jackson Hart) -
Image right: top Bobby Sheen and Randy Jones; bottom Tony Ruiz and Billy Richards
Richards´ Coasters of 1993: top: Henry Miller and Billy;
bottom: Sandy Wyatt and B.J. Mitchell although Larry Tate's autograh
(thanks Jackson Hart).
Image right: Billy Richards' Coasters of today (with Larry Hicks, Larry
Tate, Billy Richards Jnr, and Duane Jackson).
In a mail from Jackson Hart:
I've included a promo photo from when I
backed them on guitar in '94. There was an awful lot of talent in this
Sandy Wyatt and Larry Tate, especially, were top-notch vocalists. Wyatt sang
"Georgia On My Mind" and "Dock Of The Bay",
both inspired by the Michael Bolton versions, and he had similar range to
Bolton's, though far more powerful.
Tate did a first-class job on "Sixty-Minute Man", and was hilarious on "Along
Henry Miller was one of the most upbeat fellows I've ever met in this
I asked Richards about his relationship to The Robins, and he told me the
two "Richards" in The Robins, Billy and Roy, were his uncles.
Grady Chapman´s group toured as Grady Chapman´s Coasters (originally featuring Nunn) and
as "Bobby Nunn Tribute Coasters Group" - after Nunn´s death.
Grady´s group also sporadically featured Leon Hughes, Billy Guy, Will "Dub"
Jones, sometimes even Billy Richards Jr, and especially Jerome Evans (who was a constant
member - originally from the Furys and who also had sung with Bobby Hendricks´ Drifters),
plus Charles Jackson and Randy Jones. Bobby Sheen joined Grady and the two performed
together, on-and-off, through the 1980s and 1990s together with Jerome Evans right up
until a few weeks before Sheen´s death - using the name "The Fabulous
Coasters" (with performances in a club in Tustin, California and in the year
of 2000 in Hobbs, New Mexico). "The Fabulous Coasters" even toured Germany in
October, 2000 (featuring Grady with Robert Baker, Jerome Evans and Randy Jones). During
1993 Grady substituted a couple of times for Carl Gardner in Gardner´s true Coasters
group and Grady recently has started his own new line -up of The Robins
(probably featuring the most recent line-up of Chapman´s "Coasters" (Robert
Baker - who used to sing with Gunter´s group, Bobby Johnson - who sang with
Flames, and Billy Foster - from Vernon Green & the Medallions. (Thanks Joy
Stewart-Evans for information on the latter-day Chapman Coasters - and for the photos that
you´ll find at this link. Also
thanks to Jackson Hart concerning some of the information on the California Coasters
- and to Charles Sheen - who supplied the photos above and more at this link).
Left image: Grady Chapman´s Coasters
(with Jerome Evans far right).
Right image: The Bishops together with Grady Chapman´s Coasters
in circa 1979 (Chapman, Sonny Cheney and Jerome Evans).
Grady Chapman´s "Fabulous
Coasters" in 2000 with Jerome Evans and Bobby Sheen
(Randy Jones was with the Platters around this time - thanks for info,
Left:: Randy Jones, Jerome Evans and prob. Grady Chapman;
right: Jerome (center) with the "Coasters" in 1996.
Cornell Gunter (and his off-springs)
Cornell Gunter´s Coasters (check
them on TV) started working in 1963, often called "The
Fabulous Coasters" (during the first years), and toured heavily (and visited
England in the ´60s) with several engagements in Las Vegas. Cornell´s first new group
comprised remnants from the Penguins, with Teddy Harper (who worked with Cornell
several years - Teddy passed away on January 14, 1985), Dexter Tisby, and
especially Randy Jones - who also sang with Bobby Nunn´s and Grady Chapman´s Coasters
and sometimes even with his own Coasters group. Cornell´s most consistent bass singer was
Nat "Buster" Wilson (whose body was found in Modesto, California in May 1982, he
was murdered in 1980 - on December 8, 1984 the group´s manager Patrick Cavanaugh was
convicted for murder). The group recorded as "Cornell Gunter" (with sister
Shirley as guest star). Leroy Binns sang bass/baritone with Cornell's group
for a while. In the mid 1980s Cornell's trio included Charlie Duncan (who
had been with Cornell
- first as a drummer - since the ´60s), Edwin Cook (from Buck Ram's
Platters, who was handpicked by and replaced Harper in 1983). "Cornell Gunter´s Coasters" of the mid
1990s were a fake group led by Randy Jones with Billy Williams and Clarence Walker (Randy
was featured with Willie Davies´ the Jacks after Will Jones´ death). After
Cornell's death "Cornell
Gunter´s Coasters Inc." (often promoted by Dick Clark),
featured Duncan, Cook, and Lionel "Z" Pope. Another off-spring group of Cornell´s is a group led by Terry Evans (not the 1944
Mississippi-born soul singer). He may have been with the Coasters before Will Jones
arrived and nowadays tours with a tribute group. Lately the Cornell Gunter's Coasters mentioned are led by Edwin Cook and
also featuring Bruce Anderson, Otis Hombre and Geno Williams;
but in 2007 Charlie "D" started a web site showing
a group without Cook (featuring Lionel "Z" Pope and Tony "T"
Scruggs and advertised as The Original "Cornell Gunter's" Coasters
video at You Tube /
and another one).
The Cornell Gunter Coasters, Inc
Please note that Edwin Cook and Charles Duncan
are the legal owners of the name Cornell Gunter's Coasters and still perform
in their respective groups under this name. They are not to be confused
with any of the bogus groups managed by Larry Marshak, which would early on
include Billy Richards and later Early Clover, the false "cousin" of Cornell
Gunter who claims onstage to have been given the privilege of carrying on
the legacy of the late Cornell Gunter. Edwin
Cook never represents himself as The Coasters. He always adheres to the
representation, Cornell Gunter's COASTERS featuring Edwin Cook. Visit Cook's
great website www.EdwinCook.com
to see lots of information and nostalgic photos. Learn about Cornell
Gunter... his stage life and his untimely death
on February 26, 1990.. and much
more, including how Edwin Cook and Charles Duncan won the law suit against
Billy Richards-Larry Marshak in June, 1993, awarding them the Legal and
Common Law Rights to the name Cornell Gunter's Coasters.
Very rare photo of Cornell Gunter's Fabulous
Coasters (circa 1960s-early 1970s) with Randy Jones and Cornell on top.
Please note the text stating Buck Ram producer and musical director. Photos
cty Big James McKinney, who
played guitar with this group (he is shown right). Thank you James McKinney!
Rare photos of Cornell Gunter's Coasters (late
First photo fr.l. Cornell Gunter, Dexter Tisby, unknown
and Randy Jones (circa 1964; information ctsy Charles Sheen).
Cornell Gunter's "Fabulous Coasters" of the 1970s.
Left image: Gunter far left and Nat "Buster" Wilson far right.
A Coasters group featuring Billy Wilson,
Tommy Turner & Randy Jones (far right)
in early 2000 (and poss Clarence Walker).
Photo: ctsy Charles (CA Carlos)
Cornell Gunter´s Coasters Inc
(remnants of Cornell´s group: Charlie Duncan,
Edwin Cook, and Lionel Pope).
Cornell Gunter's Coasters of 1986 - ctsy
Left: Teddy Harper, Cornell Gunter and
Charlie Duncan (ca 1970s).
Right: The Original "Cornell Gunter's" Coasters of 2007 with Charlie Duncan,
Tony Scruggs and Lionel Pope.
(from the cornellgunterscoastersinc web site)
Duncan's Coasters of 2011
Billy Guy & Will Jones
Billy Guy made his first attempt as a solo artist back in 1962, when he recorded 16 tracks
för ABC-Paramount and Lloyd Price´s Double L label in New York - with no great success, although
the recordings were pretty interesting (and later turned up as by "The
Coasters"). Still recording and touring with the Coasters up to 1973, he often
was substituted by Vernon Harrell on stage and later by Jimmy Norman. Guy continued
recording several records in his own name for other labels after 1973 but also waxed
couple of sessions as by "The Coasters" during the 1970s - especially a session
for King/Gusto in Nashville in 1977 with Will "Dub" Jones. Jones himself had
already recorded as "The Coasters" (the album "The World Famous
Coasters") around 1976 together with Leon Hughes. Jones settled in Los Angeles around
1979. He acted during the ´80s (starting in 1983) and ' 90s with an L.A. Coasters group,
led by Billy
Guy and sometimes featuring Grady Chapman. They worked as "The World Famous Coasters"
- and as "The Coasters" in later years.
Will was semi-retired during his later years, mostly acting as a gospel singer. Billy Guy
started to semi-coach a Las Vegas "The Coasters", often billed as "Billy Guy´s
Coasters", managed by Larry Marshak of RCI Management in New York during the
latter part of 1998. Marshak had negotiated a business deal with Guy after the termination
of a similar contract with the Billly Richards group (see more on "Coastin´ with The Coasters").
Marshak is the organizer behind several of the new, phony name-sakes in the U.S. - young
groups billing themselves and touring as "The Platters", "The Drifters" or/and
Jessie Floyd, Billy Guy, Kendal Floiyd, Will "Dub" Jones,
and guitarist/music director Lawrence McCue in thelate '80s/early '90s.
Billy Guy and Will "Dub" Jones in Nashville,
(ctsy Stefan Pingel-Wriedt and Jack Grochmal)
The Will Jones-Billy Guy Coasters of the late ´80s
(with Jones first and Guy second left).
- ctsy Ray Baradat of the Charades.
Will Jones, Ray Baradat, Billy Guy (in circa 1987).
Leon Hughes & Young Jessie
Leon Hughes has worked with a group called "The Original Coasters"
on several occasions and also toured with a revival line-up of the Hollywood Flames
and still promotes himself as "Leon Hughes - one of the original Coasters". Leon
also sang with Dub Jones on "The World Famous / Just Coastin´" album. Even
Young Jessie (who substituted for Leon in L.A. recording studios in 1957) has recently
acted with his own "Coasters" group.
Leon Hughes and the World Famous Coasters
(note that "Dub" Jones is not on the photo, Leon second from left).
Image left: Leon Hughes (left) and his latter-day
Coasters. Image right. Hughes center gront.
Larry Marshak, with Early Clover et al)
Gardner, Guy, Jones and Gunter were "handed" the name The Coasters
individually from Lester Sill (who had the "business rights") by a written
assignment in the mid ´60s, but there is only one group truly deserving the name of THE
COASTERS - Carl Gardner´s group (Carl filed a Service Mark of "The Coasters" at
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 15, 1986, No. 1401608, for 20 years). In
early 1998 Gardner settled an agreement with Billy Richards, and Carl thereby got the sole
right to use the name of "The Coasters". In early 2000 Billy Guy handed over his
"rights" to Carl and retired, and later Gardner won a court case against Larry
Marshak, but Marshak immediately made a deal with Gunter´s sister Shirley and started to
promote "Cornell Gunter´s Coasters" at Capitol International
(who where the same fake group that Billy Guy had semi-coached during the latter part of
the ´90s). That group sometimes continued to name themselves "The Billy Guy
Coasters" and also simply used "Coasters" (see
image below). The name used most often these days though is "The Cornell
Gunter Coasters" (with several engagements in Las Vegas and a couple of CDs
issued). The first fake Coasters group Marshak managed was the Billy Richards group (after
Nunn´s death). Richards signed a strange deal with Marshak handing over the
"rights" to use the name the Coasters. When Richards changed management, Marshak
signed a deal with Billy Guy during the late ´90s (using the name The Billy Guy Coasters)
and when Billy settled with Gardner in the year of 2000, Marshak again found one to
"fool" - this time Shirley Gunter (the blind sister of the now diseased Cornell)
who let Marshak use Cornell Gunter´s name (meanwhile the true remnants of Gunter´s old
fake group started Cornell Gunter´s Coasters Inc - that´s why there are
several groups using
Gunter´s name). Marshak filed bankruptcy in mid 2002. The Cornell Gunter Coasters of 2002
(and 2008) lead singer Early Clover
joined the bogus Coasters in 1988 and also acted with the fake Platters and Drifters
groups and nowadays also tours as a solo artist (still leading one of the
fake Marshak Cornell Gunter´'s Coasters).
| MORE! |
In early 2005 the
Cornell Gunter Coasters featured Dave
Revels (still lead in 2009), Earnest Harrison, Mike Raysor, and Ron Beau. Later that year veteran Revels was flanked by Mike Bossard, Thomas Ross, and
The Sahara Cornell Gunter's Coasters in 2006 - and in 2007: Steve Smith,
Cliff Dawson, Donald Pinkney and Early Clover. (more).
In early 2007 Dennis Anderson, James Hayes, Tom Ross and Sam White acted as the
Cornell Gunter Coasters on the West Coast. Marshak's groups consist of
different singers at different events. |
The fake Coasters in Las Vegas, September 2007 | (note - not Beary
Hobb's Drifters anymore, but "the legendary lead singers of the Temptations"
or "The Temptations Reunion Show" for a short while - and then
suddenly The Marvelettes)
Sahara Hotel site.
Myles Savage (from
the modern-days Platters), Barry Gunn (from Cornell Gunter Coasters), Ira
Greig (from Beary Hobbs' Drifters), and Wolf Johnson (from Richard Street's
Temptations) toured together during 2007 - and in 2008 Savage did some shows
as "The Stars" with Glen Leonard (Temptations), Bobby Hendriks (Drifters)
and J.W. Lance from the Coasters.
Above: The Larry Marshak managed fake group.
The image right of 1991 has autographs
approx as follows:
Louis John, Early Clover, Joe Spaise, Bob Rivers (Rivers recently died).
Cornell Gunter Coasters of 2005
.... and in 2007 (the Seattle line-up)
| The multiple / bogus Coasters |
(check all the bogus groups of today and
at this sheet!
Coasters Singles |
this intereresting article by Gary
James, based on this site
and interview with Carl Gardner Sr. with
Below are listed all
recording sessions issued as by "The Coasters", but which are
not by Gardner´s group. Each entry begins with a track time identification (when known).
THE COASTERS and their off-shoots
Off Shoot Groups
Off Shoot Groups
Nunn, Gardner, Chapman, Richard, Richard, Terrell
Chapman, Richard, Richard, Terrell, Barnum
Carl Gardner, Bobby Nunn, Billy Guy, Leon Hughes
Sheen, RichardsJr, Richard, Chapman
Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will Jones, Cornell Gunter
Gardner, Guy, Jones, Earl Carroll
The Fabulous Coasters
Nunn, Sheen, RichardsJr, Chapman
Gunter, Harper, Tisby, Randy Jones
Nunn, Sheen, RichardsJr, RandyJones
& His Coasters
Gunter, Harper, Wilson a..o.
Gardner, Guy, Carroll, Ronnie Bright
Gardner, Carroll, Bright,
Hughes, Nunn, Chapman, JeromeEvans
World Famous Coasters
Hughes, Jones a.o.
World Famous Coasters
Guy, Jones a.o.
& His Coasters
Gardner, Norman, Bright
Gunter, Duncan, Cook
Jones, Guy a.o.
Billy Richards' Coasters
Bobby Nunn Tribute Coasters
Leon Hughes, the original Coaster
RichardsJr, RandyJones a.o.
Chapman, Sheen, JeromeEvans, RandyJones
Cornell Gunter's Coasters, Inc
Hughes, Little Dion a.o.
Duncan, Cook, Pope
The Fabulous Coasters
Gardner, Bright, Morse, Gardner Jr
Billy Guy's Coasters
featuring Grady Chapman
Marshak's bogus group featuring Early Clover
The Cornell Gunter Coasters
Gardner, Bright, Morse, Lance
Marshak's diff bogus groups of today
Carl Gardner's Coasters
Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Marshak had managed Billy Richard's group before 2000.
featuring Grady Chapman
GardnerJr, Bright, Morse, Lance
The Original Cornell Gunters Coasters
featuring Edwin Cook
There were even more "Coasters" groups formed from "off-springs" of the
Duncan, Pope, Scruggs
compiled by Claus Röhnisch
- with thanks to the
late Brian Watson, and to Ray Baradat, Jack Grochmal, Charles Sheen,
Joy Stewart-Evans, Jackson Hart, Cord Coslor, a.o.
THE COASTERS, lead vcl; and Jim Gilstrap, bass vcl).
Unknown accomp. incl. reeds and rhythm with male and female back-up
vcls. Arr and cond by Gil Askey. Prod by Robert Bateman.
Acquired by Lloyd Price and Harold Logan.
2:20 Women * (The Prophet)
Double-L 719 *, Joy(E) LP 189, Trip LP 8028, TVP LP 1002, EscLP 3311
2:45 Whip It On Me Baby (aka Whip
It On Me) as above plus Trip LP 16-7, Archive LP 613,
Bellaphon(G) LP 15230, Stateside(J) LP 40028, (not TVP)
2:40 Hungry 189, 8028, 1002, EscLP
2:07 Oh, Rocking My Soul (aka
Rockin´ My Soul)
as above plus 15230, (J)40028, LECD, (not TVP)
2:50 She's A Humdinger * (aka
Humdinger) ABC-Paramount 10397* plus as above
1:59 T.V. Fanatic 189, 8028,
16-7, EscLP 3311
2:26 As Quiet As It´s Kept
(aka He's In Love) ABC-Paramount 10320 plus as above
2:39 It Ain´t Sanitary (aka Sanitary)
189, 8028, 16-7, 613, 15230, (J)40028, 1002, EscLp 3311
2.30 (The) Deodorant Song as above plus
It Doesn´t Take Much * (It Don´t Take Much) ABC-Paramount 10397* plus 189, 8028, 16-7, 613, 15230, (J)40028, EscLP
2:57 (The) Prison Break 189, 8028, 613,
15230, (J) 40028, 1002, EscLP 3311
2:21 Here I Am
ABC-Paramount 10320 plus 189, 8028, 613,
15230, (J)40028, LECD
2:38 You Don´t Know What You´re Talking About
Ask Somebody and Sister Blabber Mouth)
613, 15230, (J)40028, LECD
2:12 She Ain´t Got No Hair as above
2:24 Call On Me as above
2:21 Won´t Be No More (aka Little
Black Book) as above
Note: All 16 tracks are on German Stateside LP 40028 "The Coasters". Japanese
Stateside LP 40028 not identical to the German issue. The two ABC-Paramount
singles issued as by Billy Guy in 1962. Double-L single released in
1963 as by "Billy Guy" (with "Women" as title of one side). Original
album issued on Joy in England in 1971, titled "Hungry", followed by the U.S.
Trip LP (1973), titled "It Ain´t Sanitary". Trip TOP LP 16-7 also issued on
Phoenix20 LP 602 (US 1980) and AFE LP 1059 (E 1982) as "Juke Box Giants".
Escobar LP 3311 (from 1980) includes ten tracks, titled "Breaking Out"). All
titles on the original Trip TOP LP re-issued in stereo on MasterTone Abracadabra CD AB 3119,
titled "Yakety Yak 17 Classic Coasters Tracks" (with "One Foot
Draggin´" added as a bonus). MasterTone (US) CD 8338 features 14 tracks, with the
six listed above plus "Jumbo Bwana" and "One Foot Draggin´", but
excluding "Searchin´" and "Along Came Jones" from Gardner´s Trip
session. LECD is Wisepack(E) "Legends" LECD 076 (issued 1994, which also
contains Atco Coasters recordings and later Gusto recordings). Diverse tracks from above
issued on several "Coasters" CDs (see Coasters´ Session Discography - Trip
session; and CD Guide with albums - Platinum Pop, Bam, Kingfisher/Ichiban). There is no CD
featuring all the tracks from this session.
Nine (or ten - "Rocking My Soul"
possibly also included) of the tracks from above session are included in a cassette tape
titled "Rocking My Soul" (see image left). The tracks are: The Deodorant
Song, Prison Break, Sanitary, Whip It On Me, It Don´t Take Much, Black Book, Sister
Blabber Mouth, Won´t Be Long, If You Need Somebody (note the retitled songs of some of
the above). Six tracks of the above are included on a CD titled "Rockin´ My
Soul", which also features four Gardner Trip recordings.New Rose FCD 5110
THE COASTERS featuring Cornell Gunther
(Cornell Gunter, lead vcl; and Bobby Seeger /Stregar/, Nat
"Buster" Wilson and Lloyd Wolf, vocals). Unknown
accomp. incl. horns and rhythm. Bootleg recordings by Ron Bartolucci / Little Walter De
Paul´s Maul, Boston, Mass., 1970
8:46 Intro & Medley: It´s Your Thing/Knock On
Wood/Funky Broadway/Land Of 1.000 Dances/Yakety Yak
6:40 Medley: Searchin´/I Can´t Help
Myself/Get Ready as above
3:05 Shoppin´ For Clothes as above
3:25 Charlie Brown as above
3:32 Medley: What´d I Say/Long Tall
Sally/Jenny Jenny/Lucille/Tutti Frutti as above
Note: The group is presented as "Cornell Gunter and the Coasters" by the MC. CD
live album issued in 1992, titled "The Coasters featuring Cornell Gunther", and
recorded in 1970 (although the CD wrongly credits 1969). Also includes four titles by Carl
Gardner´s Coasters (see "Session Discography"). Observe the common misspelling
of Gunter´s surname.
THE COASTERS TWO PLUS
(Grady Chapman, Leon Hughes, Bobby Nunn,
and Jerome Evans, vcls); unknown accomp."Bumps" Blackwell,
Los Angeles, Calif., 1975
Searchin´ 75 Chelan 2000
Young Blood Chelan 2000
Note: Chelan was owned by Bumps Blackwell (and thanks Joy for the information!).
BILLY GUY & THE
(featuring Billy Guy).
Billy Guy, solo vocal (on SalWa) and prod. Unknown accomp.
Hollywood, 1975 (prob two diff sessions)
2:27 You Move Me SalWa 1001
1:57 Take It Easy Greazy
2:30 Watergate (Put Some Funk On, Cause The
Money's Been Long Gone) BlackCircle 102
2:10 Hockey-Puck BlackCircle 102
Note: SalWa has publisher Screen Gems. BlackCircle record
produced by Guy and H.B. Barnum.
CORNELL GUNTER'S COASTERS
(featuring Cornell Gunter, lead; with Teddy Harper, Nat
"Buster" Wilson; and Gaetano "Lee Diamond" LaMotta).
Unknown instrumentation incl strings, brass, organ and rhythm. Unknown prod. The
single issued as "Cornell Gunter".
Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, November 1975
In Mexico Together 101 listen
2:36 Poison Ivy unissued
3:13 Love In My Heart Together
2:27 Wishing Well
Note: Thanks Gaetano LaMotta for information
on this session (and for the links to the audios at liothelion). Last two
tracks filed as "Cornell Gunter Originals".
FAMOUS" COASTERS or
(featuring Will "Dub" Jones, bass vcl-1/lead-2; Leon Hughes, vcl + unknown singers). Almost certainly
the vocal-line ups are two different lineups - therefore prob. two sessions. J. Rhys,
Orchestration incl. horns and rhythm. Andy Di Martino (aka Aloysius De Marino),prod.
Los Angeles, ca 1976
4:41 If I Had A Hammer
International Artists AI -1122, LP AIA-333, GAP LP HWS 016, DJM(E) LP 22053
2:40 I Got To Boogie -1 LP AIA-333,
GAP HWS 016, DJM(E) LP 22053
2:48 Searchin´ as above
2:14 Charlie Brown as above
2:40 Poison Ivy as above
1:45 Yakety Yak as above
2:07 Young Blood as above
2:40 Along Came Jones as above
3:17 Benjamin And Loretta -1 as above
2:46 The Chick Is Guilty as above
|Note: "I Got To
Boogie" written by M. Smotherman (publ. A. Dimartino Music /Valentine). AIA-LP is
probably the original album issue on American International Artists (see image on the
"disco version" - the B-side of "If I Had A Hammer" - with the same
track on each side of the single - track time 4:40 - the A-side is same track with time
3:15). The GAP LP is a US Garner Artist Production and DJM album is the British
issue, both titled "The World Famous Coasters" and reissued on C-Five C5CD 579
as "The Coasters - Just Coastin´". The three noted tracks and poss. a couple of
the others definitely feature Will Jones (on "I Got To Boogie" the lead asks
"Dub" to pass his jug). Leon Hughes most possibly on all tracks. Thanks Ray
Baradat for the information about Leon Hughes on the above session.
The A-side of 4:41, now 3:20,
reissued on Ripete 3-track single REP-1039 as by Carl Gardner & The
Coasters - with the flip by the Tams and by Clarence Carter. The GAP LP
has ten tracks: If I Had A Hammer, Steps To Your Heart, Helpless In Love,
Searchin', Everybody Needs Somebody, I Got To Boogie, Youngblood, Benhamin
And Loretta, The Chick Is Guilty, Midnight On Boothill (some of those tracks
may feature a complete different white group).
THE WORLD FAMOUS
Leon Hughes, vcl + unknown singers).
Produced by Leon Hughes and Rayce Gentry.
Live in Lake Tahoe (Calif.-Nevada) and Japan, circa 1977
So Fine AceHi M-101
Baby What You Want Me To Do AceHi M-101
lead vcl; Will
"Dub" Jones, bass
vcl; and Jack Grochmal, harmony vcl).
Louis Lofredo, dir/prod; Jeff Tweel and Pete Thomason, co-prods; Jan Robin Meurer,
sub-prod; Mike Stone,eng. Musicians: Clay Caire, Jack Grochmal, Sid Johnston, Larry
Sasser, Stephen Shaffer, Rod Smarr, Denis Solee, Pete Thomason, Jeff Tweel. Background
vocals: Pebble Daniel, Linda Hargrove, Marcis Routh, Pamela Thacker, and some of the
musicians. (Thanks Jack
Grochmal for the information on the fact that "Dub" was in on this session in
King/Gusto studios, Nashville, Tenn., late 1977
3:28 Ain´t No Greens In Harlem
15674, Ariola(H)unkn. #, Polydor(G) 2040.273
3:22 Jumbo Bwana as above, plus MasterTone (US) CD 8338
1:48 Yakety Yak King-Gusto GT4-2057, Bellaphon (G) 100-27-077, Gusto LP
2:21 Charlie Brown as above
2:47 Searchin´ Gusto LP PO-310
2:48 Little Egypt as above
2:20 Young Blood as above
2:55 Along Came Jones as above
2:44 Poison Ivy as above
3:35 One Foot Draggin´ as above, plus LECD, Bam KLMCD 036, MasterTone (US)
CD 8338, CD AB 3319
3:48 Beaver Dreamin'
Download "Rock Masters"
Note: 3:35 composed by Charlie Craig (Power Play Music). The Gusto LP,
titled "The Coasters Greatest Hits", also features "Love Potion Number
Nine" and "D.W. Washburn" by the Coasters (see King sessions) and was
reissued on Highland/Hollywood HCD-282, Onyx Point CD 264136 and as "Best of the
Best" on Federal FED-CD-6543. 3:28 composed by Carl Fisher and 3:22 by Peter
K. Thomason and Jeff Tweel (both published by Roba/Baiesie). All tracks on LP PO-310
reissued in 1986 on DeLuxe(Canada) CD 1006 "16 Greatest Hits" together with
eight tracks from the Coasters´ "On Broadway" album for King plus on
Highland/DeLuxe LP DLX-7786 and CD DCD-7786 together with all tracks on the
Coasters´"On Broadway" album as "The Coasters - 20 Greatest Hits" in
(reissued on Gusto/TeeVee TV-0750-2 in 2006). Leiber-Stoller-Bienstock had sold their shares of King/Starday before these
recordings. Bam CD titled "Young Blood". "Beaver Dreamin'" is featured on the downloadable album, titled
Rock Masters (issued 2005), also featuring six Gusto and the Fleet
tracks, plus tracks from Guy's 1963 recordings and "Love Potion No. 9"
from Gardner's Trip session.
(Bobby Nunn, Bobby Sheen, Billy Richards Jr, Randy
Jones, vocals). Orchestration incl. horns, strings and rhythm: Joe Clark, Ben
Bena, Jimmy Nunya, Billy Bass, Wilton Gites, Bobby Haines, Brother John, Dave Hemper, Gary
Ferguson, James Ingram, Billy Mitchell, Bill Como, Don Preston, Roland Hill, Brenton
Banks, Vince Charles, The Good Brother O´Dell, Bobby Sheen, Jerry Summerville, Gary
Barone, The Salsa Band. Jimmy Nunya, Bobby Sheen, Billy Richards,prod. Engineers: Al
Ramirez, Art Stewart, Joe Connizzaro, Joe Klein. Jimmy Nunya, manager. Mark Traversino,
studio manager at Drew Studio.
Drew Studio on Sunset-Gower -1; Star-Trak Rec. Studio, Marvin Gaye Studio, and Joe´s
Los Angeles, California, c.a 1977 and 1978
Chan - 1
Salsa Picante SLP 10001
4:25 Dance Coasting as above
5:35 Disco Calypso as above
2:46 One Of These Days as above
4:55 My Sweet Baby as above
3:56 Love Is A Funny Thing as above
3:38 The Big Rip-Off as above
Note: Salsa Picante LP
issued in U.S. in 1979 as "The Coasters...Coasting". "Charlie Chan"
possibly recorded earlier. Mark Traversino ("Charlie Chan"), Richards, Sheen,
Nunya, McPhilbin and Kent Harris listed as composers on the seven disco-type tracks on
that LP; Harris´ composition "The Big Rip-Off" - featuring Nunn and Randy Jones
is not disco-music, but true ghetto blues. Photo on Salsa Picante LP features Nunn, Sheen,
Richards Jr and Randy Jones (and was probably used, as a drawing on Guy´s Archive LP).
Thanks, Mark Traversino, for additional recording information. Jerome Evans
sings lead on another version of Traversino´s "Charlie Chan"
(listen to it - see below!)
|I, Mark Traversino, hereby give
Claus Röhnisch permission to use my song and production of "Charlie Chan"
on his website FREE OF CHARGE. Permission to use the song strictly for people to listen
to, but not purchase.
Info: Jerome Evans/Coasters/
Produced/Written by Mark Traversino.
Claus Röhnisch will remove song from his website if requested by MarkTraversino at any
(Line-up prob. as above, incl. Bobby Nunn). Orchestration incl. horns and rhythm. Prod. by Sheldon A.
Saltman, Arthur Forrest, Fabian A. Forte, Oscar P. Arslanian, Eric Taub and Richard Kulis.
Remixed at I & II Recording Studios, Los Angeles. Fabian, MC.
Bob & Ronnie´s Live Music, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, c:a 1985
Silver Eagle LP 1041, Warwick CD 2080
Charlie Brown issues as above
Silver Eagle LP 1041
Along Came Jones as above
Note: Originally issued on HomeCooking/Magnum video ("America´s Music Rock ´N´
Roll Volume 1" MMGV 049). Silver Eagle is a triple LP-set and Warwick a CD, both from
Canada with different live artists and titled "Good Time Rock ´N´ Roll".
LEON HUGHES &
(Leon Hughes with Darryl Reynolds, Larry Hicks, and "Little
Dion" Overstreed, vocals). Unknown instrumentation.
Prob. Los Angeles, California c:a 1992
Yakety Yak VHS Video (unkn. label), Oldie CD (unkn. #)
Charlie Brown as above
Poison Ivy -
Stand By Me -
What A Wonderful World -
Rock & Roll -
Love Potion #9 -
Note. This video is titled "Tribute To Their Greatest Hits" and includes six
tracks of above with a total of 26 minutes. The CD contains all eight tracks, titled
"Leon Hughes - one of the first original Coasters" (issued 1998).
Also on mp3 download.
BILLY RICHARDS´ COASTERS
(Billy Richards Jr, Randy Jones, Bobby Sheen, and
Tommy Turner, vocals);
with Billy Ciuffi & The Monte Carlos instrumental back-up. Album titled "Best of
The Coasters - Live on Tour".
Prob. Los Angeles, ca 1994-1995
(Monte Carlos) Dar-Kat
Music CD DK-1001
Poison Ivy -
Charlie Brown -
Young Blood -
Hog For You -
Leavin It Up To You -
That Is Rock & Roll -
Along Came Jones
Let The Good Times Roll -
Proud Mary -
Little Egypt -
Yakety Yak -
(unknown line-up, definately not Gardner, vocals - probably
featuring Early Clover & Bob Rivers).
Orchestration incl. horns, and rhythm.
Unknown location, 1996 (issued on Canadian labels -
"digitally recorded 1996")
3:09 Run Red Run Prime Cuts CD 23552
2:50 What About Us -
2:47 Little Egypt -
2:56 Poison Ivy -
2:30 Charlie Brown -
2:52 Down In Mexico -
1:51 Yakety Yak -
2:15 Young Blood -
2:53 Searchin´ -
2:54 Along Came Jones -
Note: Originally issued as "Greatest Hits" in 1996 on Prime Cuts,
reissued on St. Clair-Prime Cuts (Canada) CD SLD 23552 (in 1999), on St. Clair CD
FGD 58192 (as "Forever Gold", also in 1999) and on Direct Source CD 75382 (as
"Roots of Rock ´n´ Roll" in 1996). Does anyone know anything about these - I
have all the Canadian issues - and I can´t locate the group - is it Cornell Gunter´s
Coasters Inc. ? or more probable: the Larry Marshak bogus group? Available at
Internet download - Choice Oldie Cuts (RealPlayer
THE COASTERS - The Clown
Princes of Rock N Roll (first CD)
or THE BILLY GUY COASTERS (second CD)
(Unknown line-up; in fact Billy Richards´ Coasters). Unknown orchestration.
Some tracks may come from the first Richards session above. On the second CD the credit
suggests a Larry Marshak production. First CD titled "Live On Tour" (with an
image of Marshak´s group) and the second CD titled "The Billy Guy Coasters - Live On
Tour" (with same track order).
Prob. California, ca 1997 (second CD edited 1999).
Ivy - unknown labels
Charlie Brown -
Little Egypt -
Dock of the Bay -
A Capella Sing Along -
Zing (Went The Strings Of My Heart) -
Goodnight Sweetheart -
BILLY RICHARDS´ COASTERS
(Billy Richards Jr, Sandy Wyatt, Henry Miller,
Larry Tate, and Duane Jackson, vocals);
with Will Porter and The All Stars back-up band. Album titled "Cruisin´with Billy
Richards´ Coasters - Live on Tour II". Produced by Billy Richards Jnr.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California, July 4, 1999
Watermelon Man (Porter & all stars) - Dar-Kat Music DK-1002
Poison Ivy -
Charlie Brown -
Young Blood -
Hog For You -
60 Minute Man -
Georgia On My Mind -
That Is Rock & Roll -
Along Came Jones -
Dock Of The Bay -
Higher & Higher -
When A Man Loves A Woman -
Yakety Yak -
Note: Thanks, "temp fan", for the information on above. The image at the CD list
below shows Richards´ group and volume II.
CORNELL GUNTER´S COASTERS
(The Larry Marshak bogus line-up,
vocals; some tracks probably the Billy Richards group, who was managed by Marshak during
the early 1990s). Unknown orchestration. Note: Several of the tracks come from the earlier
sessions above. CD title probably "Cornell Gunter´s Coasters" (although not
Unknown location, ca 2000
Along Came Jones -
Poison Ivy -
Love Potion Number 9 -
Love Potion Number 10 -
Little Egypt -
Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart -
Smokey Joe´s Café -
Peggy Sue -
My Heart Will Go On -
Lucy In The Sky (With Diamonds) -
Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band -
THE CORNELL GUNTER COASTERS
(The Larry Marshak bogus line-up,
vocals; some tracks probably the Billy Richards group). Includes both live and
studio recordings. Unknown orchestration. Note:
Several of the tracks come from the earlier sessions above. Album title "The Cornell
Gunter Coasters - Gone Fishin´".
Unknown location, ca 2001
Thats Rock-N-Roll unknown label
Twist - Lets Twist Again -
Shake Rattle-N-Roll -
A Capella: Doo Wad Diddy, Dancin In The Streets, Twist And Shout -
Charlotte Brown -
Smokey Joes Café -
Its Allright -
Dock of The Bay -
Medley: Poison Ivy, Young Blood, Searchin, Zing, Charlie Brown, Yakety-Yak -
Love Potion #9 -
Love Potion #10 -
THE MIGHTY CORNELL GUNTER´S
(mos certainly the "original"
Cornell Gunter's Coasters, featuring Edwin Cook, Charlie Duncan, and Lionel
Live at the first Sponsors Concert, Sunset Park, Las Vegas
May 27, 2001
a.o. Young Blood Inkatha CD
Autographed CD by Billy Wilson,
Tommy Turner, Randy Jones, and Bobby Sheen
(altthoug it shows Tony Ruiz and Billy Foster with Jones and Sheen).
Here is some info from Charles Sheen:
"The CD here is from Bobby Sheen's group in an
attemtp from Charles to compete with Billy Richards. Billy took a
lot of stuff from dad (Bobby Sheen), and when they split to form thier own Coasters group
in the early 90s, Billy took some tape masters and put out a cd of a live recording, dad
did the same since he had tons of live recordings and sold them at the end of the shows,
it only has 2 tracks, with about 5 songs on the first one, and the second track has their
Medley, plus Little Egypt and Yak .... It was recorded in 1981 im sure because Nunn,
Richards, and Sonny Chaney (of the Jaguars) along with my dad are on it. From my memory it
was released on my dads label Brown Bag records, and even has a label number cd00. i think
its pretty funny that a different line up sang it, a different line up took the pictures
(in 91 or 92) ,and it was sold with a different line up." - (editor-s
note - thanks Charles).
Coasters Off-Shot Story Summary
The Robins - featuring Bobby Nunn - start recording.
Grady Chapman joins the Robins.
Carl Gardner embarks the Robins as lead singer.
Gardner and Nunn leave the Robins to form the Coasters with Billy Guy and Leon
Hughes. The Robins continue their career without Gardner and Nunn. Carl is to
lead his group for more than 50 years.
Nunn and Hughes are replaced by Will "Dub" Jones and Cornell Gunter. Billy
Richards Jr and Bobby Sheen join the Robins.
Gunter leaves the Coasters to join Dinah Washington. Earl Carroll joins the true
Bobby Nunn starts a "competing" Coasters group late this year - originally
called "The Coasters, Mark II" - featuring Billy Richards Jr, Bobby Sheen and
soon also Grady Chapman.
Gunter starts a Las Vegas Coasters group - originally called "The Fabulous
Coasters" - featuring remnants from the Penguins.
Will “Dub” Jones leaves the true Coasters early this year, soon replaced by
Billy Guy leaves the true Coasters, replaced by Jimmy Norman. Randy Jones sings
with Cornell Gunter´s Coasters (and also acts with Nunn’s group).
Leon Hughes acts with a group called "The Original Coasters" in California -
featuring Grady Chapman and Jerome Evans and also waxes a single featuring Bobby
Nunn. Hughes and Will Jones record as "The World Famous Coasters". Guy and Jones
wax "Coasters" recordings in Nashville.
Billy Guy and Will Jones start to occasionally act with "their" Coasters up to
Bobby Nunn dies, but Billy Richards Jr continues to act with the group - now
managed by Larry Marshak. Grady Chapman forms a new fake Coasters group (often
called "The Fabulous Coasters") - featuring Randy Jones, Jerome Evans and also
Bobby Sheen (none of the three any longer with us). These off-springs will multiply
into several new versions of "Coasters".
Early Clover joins a Larry Marshak-managed bogus "Coasters".
Gunter dies, but remnants from his group, featuring Charlie Duncan and Edwin
Cook, start "Cornell Gunter´s Coasters, Inc"
(a group which later will split to "Edwin Cook and the Cornell Gunter Coasters”).
During the 1990s several other fake and long-shot Coasters relatives act with
different Coasters groups. Sometimes as many as nine different Coasters groups
Billy Richards Jr cancels his contract with Marshak and signs an out-of-court
settlement with Gardner - Billy now calling his group "Billy Richards’ Coasters". Marshak finds new singers to continue his promoting of "The Coasters" - a group
now completely fake.
Billy Guy hands over "his rights" to Marshak, who now uses the name "Billy Guy´s
Coasters" for the Marshak group.
Guy settles with Gardner and retires. Gunter´s sister Shirley hands over the
"rights" of "Cornell Gunter’s Coasters" to the Marshak fake group (which
actually will multiply itself in different versions throughout the States and
Gardner’s son Carl, Jr (who had joined his father in 1998) starts a "Coasters
Review" group in California. Grady Chapman now reforms his "Coasters" into a new
Carl Gardner, Jr returns to his father's true Coasters group in November.
Marshak’s Coasters still act as Cornell Gunter's Coasters, but Charlie
Duncan now introduces his The Original "Cornell Gunter’s" Coasters.
OFF-SHOT COASTERS ALBUMS
||The following albums do not
include Carl Gardner´s Coasters, but contain recordings done by former members of the
original and classic Coasters or by new-formed faked groups
Albums listed in order of original year of issue.
Joy (E) LP 189
1973 IT AIN´T SANITARY Trip
1973 THE COASTERS Stateside (G) IGS
1975 GREAT RHYTHM & BLUES OLDIES
Stateside (J) EMI LP
OUT Escobar LP 3311
1980 CALL ON ME - Koala (Jpn)
1985 THE COASTERS Archives LP
1986 THE COASTERS "&"
Bellaphon (G) LP 15238
2000 ROCKIN´ MY SOUL Sterling CD 24318
In 1962 Billy Guy made 16 recordings for ABC and Lloyd Price´s Double L.
and produced by Robert Bateman. Here are the issues from that session.
The original issues contain 12 Billy Guy recordings for ABC
and Lloyd Price´s
label Double-L in 1963. Trip LP (with an image of the true Coasters of 1969) is the
American version of the original Joy LP 189. LP IGS 40028 has four extra tracks
from Guy´s session. Japanese Stateside contains 12 tracks (not 16 as the German
compilation). "The Prophet" titled "Women" on Double-L single, issued
as by Billy Guy. The Archives and Bellaphon LPs contain tracks from Joy/Trip /Stateside.
Archives LP features ten tracks and the cover shows a drawing from a photo, who actually
are Bobby Nunn´s Coasters Mark II. The Koala issue has only nine tracks. The Sterling CD
(with an image of the 1980 Carl Gardner Coasters) has the following tracks: Charlie Brown,
Searchin´, It Don´t Take Much, Prison Break, Rockin´ My Soul, Little Black Book, Young
Blood, Yakety Yak, Humdinger, Whip it On Me (three of the familiar hit titles are
the original Atco recordings and "CB" and "LE" are from Gardner´s 1973
Trip re-recordings). There is no CD covering all 16 tracks from the 1962 Guy session, although several tracks appear on different CDs featuring the Gardner Coasters 10 Trip
Note: See also - 1994 LEGENDS Wisepack (E) LECD 076 below (which
contains 8 Guy tracks plus several Atco cuts).
JONES & LEON HUGHES
1976 THE WORLD FAMOUS COASTERS
also on Garner Artist Production GAP 106 and DJM (E) LP 22053
1992 JUST COASTIN´ C-Five (E)
(also Dutch 319428)
These contain the recordings from
"World Famous" Coasters around 1976.
Will Jones and his first non-original Coasters group, also featuring Leon Hughes, with
some sparkful recordings, alll done with a great approach of humor. "I Got To
Boogie" and the Jones- led "If I Had A Hammer" plus six remakes of old
Coasters hits and a couple of extra novelties. The six hit revivals included do not live
up to the original Coasters´ exciting standards! It is uncertain if AIA or GAP is the
|BILLY GUY & WILL
1978 GREATEST HITS Gusto-Power Pak LP PO
1986 16 GREATEST HITS DeLuxe (Canada) CD 1006
1987 GREATEST HITS Highland/Hollywood
1988 GREATEST HITS Power Pair CD 2-1306
1991 GREATEST HITS Onyx Point (Europe) CD 264136
BEST OF THE BEST King/Federal
In 1977 Billy Guy and Will Jones recorded in Nashville. Here are the issues from that
Listen to 30sec clips of all the tracks of the Hollywood CD at Barnes & Noble
(same tracks as on original vinyl).
Contains Billy Guy recordings in Nashville for King/Starday´s Gusto label in 1977
- also featuring bass singer Will "Dub" Jones. The seven hit revivals do not
live up to the original Coaster´s high standards. The Gusto LP also includes
"Love Potion #9" and "D.W. Washburmn" from the Coasters´ King LP.
DeLuxe CD has the eight tracks from Gusto plus eight tracks from the true Coasters´ King
album "On Broadway" (excluding "Down Home Girl", "Talkin´ ´
Bout A Woman". "Everybody´s Woman" and "Mustang sally"). Track
order on DeLuxe: D.W. Washburn, On Broadway, Mohaired Sam, The In Crowd, Down At Pappa
Joe´s, Love Potion #9, YB, One Foot Draggin´, PI, LE, Se, YY, CB, ACJ, Cool Jerk, Soul
Pad. The Power Pair issue has a total of 16 tracks (which ones is not
confirmed). The Highland/Hollywood CD has the following track order:
Searchin´, Love Potion No.9, Little Egypt, Young Blood, Along Came Jones, Charlie Brown,
Yakety Yak, Poison Ivy, One Foot Draggin´ and D.W. Washburn (note: that CD sometimes also
listed as Onyx CD).
The ten tracks on the Onyx-Point CD, "GREATEST HITS", are the
seven Guy-rerecordings plus three true King Coasters tracks in the following track order:
YY, CB, ACJ, Love Potion Number 9, On Broadway, Se, PI, YB, LE, and Down At Papa Joe´s.
The Federal (King) issue, "BEST OF THE BEST" has the seven
Guy-rerecordings, "One Foot" plus two from King/Date by the original Coasters -
track order: YY, CB, Se, PI,YB, ACJ, LE, Love Potion #9, One Foot Draggin´and D.W.
Washburn. That CD (King Records, 1999 distrib by Highland Music) has a nice little
back-cover presentation by Chuck Young telling us that Guy and Jones are on these late
The seven re-recordings are also issued on Highland/DeLuxe LP DLX-7786 and CD DCD-7786
together with all tracks on the Coasters´"On Broadway" album as "The
Coasters - 20 Greatest Hits" in 1987; album cover similar to the Federal
issue (see Coasters Albums).
1979 THE COASTERS ... COASTING
Salsa Picante SLP
Contains seven disco-styled recordings by Bobby Nunn´s Coasters with
probably Bobby Sheen and Randy Jones mostly on lead, although we hear Nunn a lot
too. The best track: "The Big Rip-Off".
1986 LET´S GO TO THE DANCE Harmony (H) LP
A bootleg Dutch LP issued as by the
Coasters on sleeve (The Robins on label), featuring "Three Cool
Cats" and "Money Honey" plus Robins´ 1953 recordings for Crown and RCA and
some Spark recordings. Robins´ tracks on WINS LP 1010 (issued 1979) are ´50s recordings
hosted by Alan Freed (after the leave of Nunn and Gardner).
1992 THE COASTERS featuring Cornell Gunther
New Rose / Fan Club CD 5110 (F) CD;
reissued in 1993 as "POISON IVY" featuring
Japanese New Rose / Century CD CECC-00571
also reissued as THE COASTERS LIVE WITH CORNELL GUNTHER (2009)
A bootleg Cornell Gunter
Coasters live recording of 1969, also containing some Carl Gardner Coasters´ live
recordings of the ´70s (see "Session Discography"). Note the misspelling of
Gunter. Neither one of the issues mentions that the last four tracks are by the true
Coasters featuring Carl Gardner. Liner notes by Ron Bartolucci.
Wisepack (E) LECD 076
This CD contains eight Billy Guy
tracks from Double-L, plus "One Foot Draggin´" from Gusto, "DW
Washburn" and "Love Potion #9" from Date/King, the live "Little
Egypt" with Gardner´s Coasters of the ´80s, plus 10 bootleg Atco hits (Searchin´,
Charlie Brown, Down In Mexico, Yakety Yak, Run Red Run, Poison Ivy, Young Blood, Along
Came Jones, The Idol With The Golden Head, I´m A Hog For You).
There is an Internet download album from HHO Licensing titled "Poison Ivy"
which features 7 original Atco tracks, the live "Little Egypt", the Date/Columbia
recording of "Love Potion No. 9" and 7 Guy-tracks from Double-L.
(Track-listing and audio-clips)
1998 LEON HUGHES & "COASTERS"
Oldie CD (unkn #)
Contains eight Leon Hughes
tracks from circa 1992 (originally issued on a VHS Video), featuring "Leon Hughes -
one of the first original Coasters". It´s a "live"-album recorded in or
around Los Angeles with Leon plus three younger members (see fake Coasters discography).
Available from oldie.com.
also on mp3 download
1995 BEST OF THE COASTERS - LIVE ON TOUR
WITH BILLY RICHARDS´ COASTERS
- LIVE ON TOUR II
Dar-Kat Music CDs DK-1001 and DK -1002
Billy Richards´ (West Coast) Coasters
made two live CDs during the 1990s. Haven´t heard them, but tracks are listed at the
discography above. The second CD was reissued in 2000 as by "The Billy Guy
Coasters" - see below!
||THE BILLY GUY COASTERS
originally issued as
The Coasters - The Clown Princes of Rock N Roll
1997 LIVE ON TOUR "The Clown
Princes of Rock N Roll"
2000 LIVE ON TOUR "The Comedy Kings of Rock N Roll"
Unknown labels (CD)
First CD issued as "The
Coasters" and the second as by The Billy Guy Coasters (rare bootleg), but in fact
tracks from the Billy Richards group. Includes the twelve tracks listed in the discography
above. Note: Some tracks may be from 1994-95
2000 CORNELL GUNTER´S COASTERS
unkn. CD title and unk. label
Contains the following tracks:
Charlie Brown, Yakety Yak, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy, Searchin´, Love Potion Number 9,
Love Potion Number 10, Little Egypt, Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart, Smokey Joe´s
Café, Peggy Sue, My Heart Will Go On, Lucy In The Sky (With Diamonds), Sgt. Pepper´s
Lonely Hearts Club Band. It´s a CD recorded by Larry Marshak´s bogus
Coasters group, sometimes simply promoted as "The Coasters", but lately as
"Cornell Gunter´s Coasters" - the bogus group Marshak has managed starting with
Billy Richards´ group, later the Billy Guy semi-coached group and nowadays the group
"coached by Shirley Gunter" (not to be mixed-up with the trio touring as Cornell
Gunter´s Coasters Inc.).
||THE MIGHTY CORNELL
2001 LIVE AT SUNSET PARK
Inkatha CD # 10
Live recordings featuring the Cook/Duncan/Pope
group Tracks unknown, but they were recorded live at the first Sponsors
Concert on May 27, 2001. One track though seems to be "Young Blood".
||THE CORNELL GUNTER
2002 GONE FISHIN´
unkn. CD title and unk. label (and #).
Contains the tracks listed in the
session discography above as recorded circa 2001 (Thats
Rock-N-Roll, Twist - Lets Twist Again, Shake Rattle And Roll a.o.) although several tracks are from the previously
issued bogus Marshak-managed CDs from the late 1990s and the new
THE ORIGINAL CORNELL GUNTERS
COASTERSTwo live CDs by Charlie Duncan's group "The
Original Cornell Gunter's Coasters" (from circa 2007).
Billy Richards´ Coasters and right: Cornell Gunter´´s
Charlie Brown and his "Coasters Show".
( Charlie Brown´s Coasters Tribute;
Two photos of a fake Coasters´ group (acting
since the ´80s), managed by Larry Marshak. Billy Guy semi-coached them in 1998-99; and
from 2000 they operate as Cornell Gunter´s Coasters (manager Marshak uses different
singers in his "Coasters" group, and also promotes "Drifters" and
Lately evidance has come up that Early Clover is with the fake Coasters again.
On Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 2, the Edgewater E
Center will be the site of a nostalgic evening in two ways.
There will be a show each night featuring the early R&B
sounds of groups with direct lineage to three of the major
recording groups in the genre in the ’50s-early ’60s. Adding
to the “turn-back-the-clock” element of each show will be a
sit down dinner before the show starts included in the
admission price. This harkens back to the dinner show format
that helped define Nevada casinos and is all but lost in
The evenings are billed as a “Doo Wop Dinner Show”
featuring the music of The Original Cornell Gunter’s
Coasters; The Legendary Monroe Powell & The Platters Revue;
and Bobby Hendrick’s Drifters.
The dinner menu includes herb roasted airline chicken
breast with tomatoes, artichokes and white wine lemon sauce
over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes with glazed carrots. It
comes with Romaine wedge salad and banana graham cracker
If you’ve noticed, each of the groups in this show have
long, extended names. They aren’t The Drifters, Coasters and
Platters but rather those names with addendums. This is
because none of the original members of these groups are out
there singing the songs anymore. It is up to groups that can
claim some lineage to the original group to carry on the R&B
music (and not simply doo wop) that made the originals
inductees into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Various
spin-off groups are jostling for position to lay claim to
the famous names, and at times, it isn’t a pretty scene. Too
many lawyers and not enough music. The groups in the
Edgewater show have all fought the battles to retain their
names and credibility and have direct ties to the origianl
With that, here is more on each group…
THE LEGENDARY MONROE POWELL & THE PLATTERS REVUE
Monroe Powell replaced Sonny Turner as lead singer of The
Platters in 1970, becoming the third lead in the group’s
history. He was hand-picked by Platters’ founder and manager
Buck Ram. He carries on the Platter tradition with Don
Gloude, Kenny J. and Inez Zak.
The Platters string of hits included “Only You,” “The
Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” Twilight Time” and “Smoke
Gets in Your Eyes.”
The following is from an interview with Monroe Powell
via phone last week….
Powell: Buck Ram, who wrote all of the Platters’ songs,
hired me in 1970. I joined the group The Dominos in 1958. We
came all the way from New York to Reno and from there to Las
Vegas at the old Dunes Hotel. It was Billy Ward and The
Dominos. Then I was with the Ink Spots at the old Hacienda
in 1970 when Herb Reed saw me. Sonny Turner resigned as lead
singer of the Platters in 1969 and I took his place. I’ve
been here ever since.
Powell: Our demographic has a lot to do with it (our
continued bookings). People our age still love the old
stuff…and I don’t blame them. I think they like that the
music has simple melodic lines. They know that when that
goes away, music goes away.
The name game…
Powell: It’s an ongoing thing. We’re still fighting that,
but you know, I think we’re going to come out OK on the end.
Guys who are trying to take the name were not even born when
the music came out. They say they deserve to be The
Platters—no way. These are people behind the scenes and
shouldn’t have anything to do with a group when they weren’t
even alive when the music was out.
I’ve been in the group 40-something years and they want
to horn in. I was lucky to have been around back then and to
have been a part of the group. All the original Platters
have died. Herb Reed was the last one and he died two years
Today’s music…the bad
Powell: I think good music will always outlast the bad
stuff. I was watching a basketball game on TV and I watched
the half-time show. It was horrible. It was beyond belief.
Today’s music…the good
Powell: As bad as some musicians are today, they make
sure they get their money. It’s not like the old days when
black singers were ripped off so many times. It was the
managers who made all the money. I hope the young guys who
make sure they get their money have sense enough to keep it.
Doo wop show format…
Powell: Everybody sings together on the finale but each
group does their own segment. We still do the
choreography—the little stuff with my old legs. It’s a
THE ORIGINAL CORNELL GUNTER’S COASTERS
The Coasters were the masters of the “novelty song.” With
hits like “Charlie Brown,” “Poison Ivy,” “Yakety Yak,”
“Little Egypt,” and many more, they became the first vocal
group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
Cornell Gunter was a member of the The Coasters from 1958
to 1961, after which he spun off his own Coasters group. He
tapped Charlie Duncan as a member in 1962. Today, Duncan,
Lionel “Z” Pope and Ramon Scruggs continue the Coaster
The following is from an interview with Charlie
Duncan via phone last week….
Duncan: All these songs relate to everybody. We did a
show last Friday and we had a group contest with people
singing “Charlie Brown.” There was a little girl there, 11
or 12, who new every word to “Yakety Yak” so we had her on
stage and people went nuts. She pronounced it “lakety lak.”
It’s amazing how many generations know the songs—unlike a
lot of music today, where after a year, no one can remember
The name game….
Duncan: John Bowser (of Sha Na Na fame) and I are working
together to stop bogus groups. They can’t perform as
“originals” without one member in the group, otherwise, they
have to say tribute. I just stopped a group in Texas. They
seem to think a night here and a night there doesn’t hurt
anyone, but it does. It deceives the public.
It makes it bad on me because we ask for one price and
these other groups cut their price in half. So then venues
sometimes think we’ll do it for half…..and that’s not going
to happen. I’ve been doing this too long. We’re a top notch
Duncan: I have a book that comes out at the end of the
month called The Legend and the Life of Cornell Gunter of
The Coasters as told by Charlie Duncan. I’m hoping to have
some copies to bring to Laughlin. It’s about the trials and
tribulations of the time long, long ago, back in the day.
Duncan: We have a CD coming out called Super Singles with
six original songs on it. I just did a theme song to a new
reality show called, “Living it up.” Some of the other songs
are “Hollyweird,” “Worlds of Love,” “What Happens in Vegas
Gets Emailed Home,” and “ID Theft.” I also just recorded a
country song by George Strait, called “The Chair.”
Is there an R&B scene these days? Does it have a
Duncan: No and no. There isn’t anyone out there doing it.
There’s hip hop and rap. Maybe there’s Bruno Mars, but
that’s it. And to me all the songs sound the same.
Duncan: One time when I went to get the check, the club
owner told me he gave it to the manager and that he was
already gone. It used to happen to black groups a lot.
We were in a place outside of Pittsburgh for a two night
stand and an agent came up to me and said they cancelled one
of the shows and an agent said we weren’t getting paid for
the cancelled show. I went to the owner and he said the
agent lied and that he paid him for that show already. I had
to go crazy just to get my money. I had 15 people I had to
pay. Situations like that only make me stronger.
Duncan: These guys I’m with always give me a good show.
These guys are my brothers so nothing can go wrong. And we
always work well with the other groups we perform
with….Monroe Powell—you can’t find anyone any better and the
same with Bobby Hendricks.
BOBBY HENDRICKS’ DRIFTERS
The Drifters enjoyed some of the biggest hits of all
these groups with songs still resonating today—songs like
“On Broadway,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and “Up on the Roof.”
In 1957, Bobby Hendricks’ group, The Five Crowns, were
the opening act for the Drifters. The Drifters were so
impressed with his tenor voice and Clyde McPhatter style
that they offered him the position of lead vocalist
replacing Johnny Moore. He left the Drifters in 1959, and a
year later, he joined Bill Pinkney and The Original Drifters
where he toured for 17 years.
The following is from an interview with Bobby
Hendricks via phone last week….
Keeping on keeping on…
Hendricks: I’ve been doing this for years, and every
moment I enjoy it. I pray I can do it the next day and the
next day. I want to get on that stage and make people happy.
I also like to do shows at children’s hospitals. Seeing
those kids always brings tears to my eyes. I do it because
God has been so good to me that if I share what I love
doing, that lets them know I care.
Hendricks: I’d like to do new music that’s about caring
for one another—not just about girlfriends and
boyfriends—but all of us. If I can come up with the words
about all God’s children, that’s what I’d like to do.
Hendricks: Dick Clark was a good friend and he helped me
get my music out. In a song I wrote, called “Itchy Twitchy
Feeling,” there was a line in there about being on Dick
Clark’s show. Dick was one of the nicest men I ever met. He
accepted everyone, respecting them because of their musical
talents. He was a wonderful, beautiful man.
Hendricks: The older people come out to hear the music
they lived on, listened to, and danced to—and we enjoy that.
We get the younger generation to laugh when they see how
much their parents loved the music. You see them hugging
their mamas. They see why their parents are the way they are
and how the music was part of their lives…and it was the
music, in many cases, that created them, made them children.
Talk about being inducted into the Doo Wop Hall
Hendricks: Thank you for asking. I never expected those
things, but as I’ve gotten older, I realized how much value
there is in them.
Is there an R&B scene these days? Does it have a
Hendricks: There’s Bruno Mars. That young man is out of
this world. He was raised by his four sisters who would tell
him that his singing was just making noise. But then he
became so successful that he’s got his sisters together
If you have talent, you have to get it out and let the
world know. Make people happy, that’s the whole idea.
DOO WOP DINNER SHOW
The Edgewater E Center
The fight against impostors
The Jacks (aka The Cadets) of 2000 (after the death of Will "Dub" Jones) with
original lead Willie Davis, Tommy Turner, Pete Fox (who also sang with Cornell Gunter´s
Flairs), and Randy Jones (who also sang with Cornell´s, Bobby Nunn´s and Will Jones´
Coasters groups - and with Monroe Powell´s Platters). Several of the above have sung with
Grady Chapman´s Coasters.
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Don and Nyki Guthrie and Ike McKenna. This record has nothing to do with the true Coasters
or with any of The Coasters´ members (it´s possibly issued before The Coasters emerged).
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