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Biography - The True Story - Discography
- by Claus Röhnisch
with 50 Years of R&B History and the Golden '50s
This site is dedicated to Carl Gardner Sr. - the true Coaster!
This Coasters Shrine is a true R&B ExtraVaganza
The Coasters in Port St. Lucie, Florida on December 16, 2016 (Christmas Extravaganza Show)
with Veta Gardner, Dennis Anderson, Primo Candelaria, Joe Lance Willliams, and Robert Fowler.
J. W. Lance
(Joe Lance Williams)
NEW 2-set CD October 2016
Acrobat Music ADDCD3180 (56 tracks)
“The Complete Singles As & Bs” (1954-62)
featuring all 27 singles by The Robins and The Coasters 1954 – 1962
(plus 2 album tracks of 1957 and 1962)
with a very fine 24-page booklet comprising liner notes by Paul Watts
(and complete 54-62 session discography with both US and British singles noted)
- discography picked from Claus Röhnisch’ Coasters Web Site.
The Coasters in Coral Springs, Florida on October 19, 2013 (Battle of the Boros)
Smokey Joe's Cafe and enhanced version
(with Carl Gardner, Ronnie Bright, Jimmy Norman, and Thomas Palmer, 1991)
and a fine Coasters Promo
The Coasters sing "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" November 4, 2015
The Coasters on TV in 1959
these great pdf.files!
Find all of the files listed below at
The Coasters at Malt Shop Sea Cruise November 4-8, 2015
The three photosbBelow: The Coasters in 2016 - Lance, Anderson, Fowler, and Candelaria.
with musical director (guitarist) Ray Sabatello
Message from Veta Gardner :
Coasters Christmas CD Released by Cleopatra Records 10/30 2015. Fans please, it's different, and you will enjoy listening to the new versions of these Christmas songs by the only Coasters group with legal right to use the name The Coasters which are doing it great justice. Fans all over the world should know by now that all of The Original Coasters that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall are deceased. This is Carl Gardner's group that he has left to carry on the legacy. Just like the Glen Miller Orchestra and the Mets there are no original members but they have the right to use the name legally. The CD can be ordered at Cleopatra Records or amazon.
Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
Let It Snow
What Christmas Means to me
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Jingle Bell Rock
Some Day At Christmas
another great CD!
The first new recordings in 35 years by America’s premiere vocal group!
- doing 14 Magical Classics (non Coasters)!
get it here
1. All I Have To Do Is Dream
2. Cool Jerk
3. Don't Be Cruel
4. If I Had a Hammer
5. Just My Imagination
6. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
7. Lyin' Eyes
9. Dock Of The Bay
10.Turn Back The Hands Of Time
11.You Send Me
12 Twisting The Night Away
13.Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
Official Website: The Original Coasters
Adolph "Al" Jacobs died July 23, 2014
Here is is story
Long-time Coasters member Ronnie Bright died on November 26, 2015 - check.
Great new live-CD recorded April 29, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida (the Civic Center).
ask for it at firstname.lastname@example.org
R001 includes a
24-page booklet featuring
Disc One: A Sides & Hits
1. Riot In Cell Block #9 (Spark 103, LP 101)
2. Framed (Spark 107, LP 101)
3. Whadaya Want? (Spark 110, Rhino CD 71090)
4. One Kiss (Spark 113, LP 101)
5. I Must Be Dreamin (Spark 116, LP 101)
6. Smokey Joe´s Cafe (Spark 122, 6059, LP 101)
7. Down In Mexico (6064, LP 101, 111)
8. One Kiss Led To Another (6073, LP 101)
9. Searchin’ (6087, LP 101, 111)
10. Young Blood (6087, LP 101, 111)
11. Idol With The Golden Head (6098, Clarion LP 605)
12. Sweet Georgia Brown (6104, LP 111)
13. Dance! (6111, Sequel CD 868)
14. Yakety Yak * (6116, LP 111)
15. The Shadow Knows * (6126, LP 111)
16. Charlie Brown * (6132, LP 111)
17. Three Cool Cats (6132, Clarion LP 605, AD2-4003)
18. Along Came Jones (6141, LP 111)
19. Poison Ivy (6146, LP 111)
20. I’m A Hog For You (6146, LP 111)
21. What About Us (6153, LP 135)
22. Run Red Run (6153, LP 135)
23. Besame Mucho (Part I) (6163, Edsel LP 156)
24. Wake Me, Shake Me (6168, LP 135)
25. Shoppin’ For Clothes * (6178, LP SD371)
26. The Snake And The Book Worm (6178, LP 135)
27. Wait A Minute (6186, LP 135)
28. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) (6192, LP 135)
29. Girls Girls Girls (Part II) (6204, MrR&B LP 102)
30. (Ain’t That) Just Like Me * (6210, LP SD135)
31. Teach Me How To Shimmy (6219, MrR&B LP 102)
Note: * Indicates stereo version from original 8-track tape
(same master as the mono edition).The stereo editions first
appeared on the UK Sequel CDs in 1997.
Three: Alternate Stereo Versions
(6132SD, Clarion LP SD-605)
2. Yakety Yak (Clarion LP SD-605, LP 371, CD33111)
3. I´m A Hog For You (slow version) (Mr.R&B CBCD-102)
4. Sexy (take 4 - Gardner, lead) (Mr.R&B CBCD-102)
5. Charlie Brown (6132SD, Clarion LP SD-605)
6. Along Came Jones (Clarion LP SD-605)
7. That Is Rock & Roll (dubbed arr – Jones, lead)
(Clarion LP SD-605)
8. Poison Ivy (stereo master)
(poss LP SD111, Atlantic LP K-30057, CD33111)
9. Run Red Run (LP SD135)
10. What About Us (LP SD135)
11. Wake Me, Shake Me (LP SD135)
12. Stewball (LP SD135, Edsel LP 156)
13. The Snake & The Bookworm (dubbed arr – King Curtis, tensax)
14. Little Egypt (LP SD135)
15. Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. 1) (LP SD135)
16. Keep On Rollin’ (LP SD135)
17. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You -Guy (LP SD123)
18. The Way You Look Tonight -Jones (LP SD123)
19. Moonglow -Gardner (LP SD123)
20. But Beautiful -Jones (LP SD123)
21. Moonlight In Vermont -Gardner (LP SD123)
22. Autumn Leaves -Gunter (LP SD123)
23. On The Sunny Side Of The Street -Gunter (LP SD123)
24. Easy Living -Gunter (LP SD123)
25. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore -Guy (LP SD123)
26. Satin Doll -Gardner (LP SD123)
27. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To -Jones (LP SD123)
28. Willow Weep For Me -Gardner (LP SD123)
Nots: Last twelve tracks stereo versions *, originally in mono
on LP 33-123 (same takes)
Disc Two: B Sides & Bonus Tracks
The Coasters on April 6, 2013 at Tarry Town Music Hall in New York. Photos ctsy Veta Gardner.
Featuring Primo Candelaria, Eddie Whitfield, Dennis Anderson, and J.W. Lance.
Photos above ctsy Bob Briede, J.W. Lance, and Veta Gardner.
The Coasters with manager Veta Gardner in Arizona December 31, 2011.
Photo left; J.W. Lance, Eddie Whitfield, Veta Gardner, Primo Candelaria, and Dennis Anderson.
(ctsy Veta Gardner, photo. Mrs. J.W. Lance)
NEW BOOK !
amazon.com (direct to the book)
Jerry Leiber dies at 78 -
Jimmy Norman dies at 74
THE TRUE AUTHENTIC COASTERS TODAY
J. W. Lance
(Joe Lance Williams)
Veta Gardner, manager Ray Sabatello, guitarist / musical director
Joe Lance Williams (aka) J. W. LANCE - lead
Born June 16,1949. Performed live on stage with Carl Gardner, the original lead singer and founder of THE COASTERS since 2001. He grew up in Ponchatoula, Louisanna, just 60 miles known as “The Big Easy”. He grew to love the musical sound of Country and Western Music. At the very early age of nine he was encouraged to develop his talent of singing and playing the guitar, when he realized he could play the rubber band box and finally the guitar in New Zion Baptist Church of his hometown. Mr. Williams is a very talented singer, musician/songwriter. His talent includes singing bass, baritone, or if required, second tenor. Toured and performed with the Broadway cast “Smokey Joe's Cafe”6/2014 -1/2015. J.W. has been a great asset to The Coasters group and has been a faithful leader since the passing of Mr. Gardner in 2011. J.W. lives in Conyers, Georgia
PRIMO CANDELARIA - tenor
Born October 3,1952 Joined
the group in 2008 after being auditioned by Mr. Carl Gardner. Primo has
been singing and performing since he was 10 years old. He teaches
choreography and also produced many shows before joining the Coasters.
He sang with the group “Chapter One” for several years and also sang
with “The Intruders”. Toured and performed with the Broadway Cast
“Smokey Joe's Cafe” 6/2014 to 1/2015. Primo lives in Philadelphia, Pa.
EDDIE WHITFIELD - bass
He joined the Coasters in November 2009 after auditioning for Carl Sr. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Born December 26,1948. Nicknamed "Fast Eddie", Whitfield started singing when he was a teenager and can sing both bass and baritone. He toured with a group by the name of Neighbors Complaint for four years. They recorded "Piece of Mind". His great bass really impresses on "Charlie Brown", "Yakety Yak" and "Zing! With The Strings of My Heart".
ROBERT FOWLER - bass
September 3,1961 (Replacing Eddie Whitfield in 1/2015) Robert has
performed on several Broadway shows such as “The Producers”, “Beauty
&The Beast”, “Dreamgirls” and most recently “Smokey Joe's Cafe” where he
was singer, actor and choreographer. He is also very involved in his
church. Robert lives in Jersey City. He is our bass singer and has a
very distinguished bass/baritone voice.
DENNIS ANDERSON - baritone
October 11,1946. Started playing guitar for many groups including The
Broadways”, and “The Escorts”. Dennis came from a musical family
background, singing gospel in his hometown church at a very early age.
In 1979 Dennis played the role of Judas in the Broadway Show “Jesus
Christ Super Star” and in 1982 “Ain't Misbehavin'. Over the years he
performed on stage with other groups before joining THE COASTERS in 1911
after the death of Carl Gardner. Dennis also toured and performed with
the Broadway Cast “Smokey Joe's Cafe” 8/2014- 1/2015. Lives in Jackson,
Ray Sabatello's Bio
Born in Queens, New York, and
currently residing on Long Island, Ray Sabatello has been a professional
musician his entire life. He began his professional career playing guitar and
arranging music for many stylistically diverse bands. In the studio he has
produced countless recordings for local and regional talent. On the national
stage, Ray has been the music director for Grammy nominee, Sophie B. Hawkins and
producer/collaborator for blues recording artist Little Mike and The Tornadoes.
He is a member of ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher, and received his BFA
from CW Post College as a guitar major. He holds a Masters Degree from SUNY
Stony Brook and studied vocal composition and choral conducting at The
Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Ray has played over 100 musicals as a pit orchestra guitarist. While working at
The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport N.Y., he met The Coasters who were featured in
"Smokey Joe's Cafe." He subsequently played the "Smokey Joe's Cafe" 2014-15
National Tour with The Coasters. After the tour, Veta Gardner hired Ray as music
director and guitarist for The Coasters and he has been working for them since
J. W. Lance
The Coasters of Today in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in September 2011.
Four interesting "public-domain" double-CDs
check them out at amazon.co.uk
Tom Prestopnik interview:
Carl Gardner and The Coasters in Goldmine (June 19, 2009) pdfile ctsy Prestopnik
Concert in Harmony Hall, Fort Washington, Maryland - August 21, 2011
A great interview with Veta Gardner
A Great Video for the Memory of Carl Gardner Sr.
(Tribute video ctsy Veta Gardner and Paul Shepherd)
Don't miss it - it is simply GREAT!
AND PROMOTERS, AND TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Since 1986, I have managed and promoted THE
of which my recently
Gardner, the last surviving member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Coasters,
passed away on June 12th, 2011 at Port St. Lucie Hospice Home
at 7:15 P.M. after a long battle with Alzheimer and congestive heart failure.
Besides his wife of 24 years, the former Veta Ryfkogel, who Carl married in 1987,
Gardner is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Dallas), and Ricki West (Los Angeles);
two sons, Carl Jr (Dallas), and Ahilee (Pennsylvania);
three stepsons, Hanif, Ramon, and Wayne Lalloo (Port St. Lucie);
his brother, Howard (Los Angeles); his sister, Carol Bartlett (N.J);
eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
pdf, The Clown Princes by Todd Baptista (with lots of new images)
In Loving Memory of Carl Gardner
Anthony Bruno's Photo Album (June 21, 2011)
Great slide show from the funeral services!!
Rock and Roll Hall of
Famer Carl Gardner, Sr., 83,
Photo of Gardner's grave ctsy Veta Gardner.
Carl Edward Gardner, Sr., the founder and lead singer of the Coasters from their inception until his retirement in 2005, died at a Port St. Lucie, Florida hospice care facility on Sunday evening, June 12, 2011. He was 83.
Born in Tyler, Texas on April 29, 1928, Gardner settled in the Los Angeles community of Watts in early 1953 in the hope of establishing a singing career. Frequenting the local clubs, he heard and met the established Robins at Johnny Otis’ Oasis club, initially joining the act as a short-term replacement. Gardner’s clear and authoritative tenor was featured on songs including “If Teardrops Were Kisses” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, issued on Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s Spark label in 1954-55.
“Leiber and Stoller felt that they needed to move on, so when Atlantic made an offer that they couldn’t refuse, they sold out the entire Spark label,” Gardner explained. “They were having distribution problems. This deal would allow them to be independent producers for Atco, a division of Atlantic. Leiber and Stoller asked me to come with them.” Gardner added his neighbor, Billy Guy, Robins’ bass Bobby Nunn, and Nunn’s friend, veteran singer Leon Hughes, to create the first Coasters lineup.
Various personnel changes would take place through the years, with fellow Hall of Famers Cornell Gunter and Will “Dub” Jones joining Gardner and Guy in 1958, but for a full half-century, Carl was their mainstay. He led the majority of the Coasters’ records including “Down In Mexico”, “Brazil”, “Poison Ivy”, “Young Blood”, “Idol With The Golden Head”, “Three Cool Cats”, “That Is Rock & Roll”, and sang on “Searchin’”, “Yakety Yak”, “Charlie Brown”, “Along Came Jones”, and “Little Egypt”, among others.
He was honored by the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He also worked tirelessly in pursuit of promoters and singers who attempted to capitalize on the Coasters name with their own knockoff groups, utilizing the press, the public, and the court system to help bring about change within the industry. He campaigned for artists rights, including health insurance and back royalty agreements for aging pioneers and helped raise money to fight cancer following his own battle with the disease in the 1990s.
Slowed by a stroke in 2004, Gardner retired from the road at age 77 and turned over the lead vocal duties to his son, Carl Jr., in November of 2005. His autobiography, Yakety Yak I Fought Back, was published in 2007. “I thank God I was able to perform for so many years,” Gardner summed. “I hope the group will continue on in my name.” In recent years, Carl suffered from vascular dementia and congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice services since June of 2010.
Having had the privilege of writing the three-part series on the Coasters that appeared in these pages within the past year, I was honored by his friendship and struck by his humble, kind, and gentle nature. He was open and honest, fiercely protective of the group and the Coasters name, and had no qualms about speaking up when he felt it appropriate. The authoritative tone in Carl’s voice that came across so well on record and stage gave way to a warm, welcoming pitch when interacting with friends and fans.
Gardner’s first marriage ended in divorce. In addition to his wife of 24 years, the former Veta Ryfkogel, his survivors include a brother, Howard, of Los Angeles; a sister, Carol Bartlett, of East Orange, N.J.; his sons Carl Jr., of Dallas, and Ahilee, of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Brenda, of Dallas, and Ricki West, of Los Angeles; three stepsons, Hanif, Ramon and Wayne Lalloo, all of Port St. Lucie; and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on June 21 at Morningside Church in Port St. Lucie
Obituary in Cash Box by Rockin' Robin
Obituary (Associated Press)
In this Jan. 20, 1988 file photo, Carl Gardner of The Coasters appears in New York City.
Gardner, original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters,
died Sunday, June 13, 2011 in Florida. He was 83. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. June 13, 2011
- Carl Gardner, original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters,
has died in Florida. He was 83.
Gardner's wife Veta said her husband died Sunday at a Port St. Lucie hospice following a long bout with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Coasters had a string of hits in the late 1950s, including "Searchin'," "Poison Ivy" and "Young Blood." Their single "Yakety Yak" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 following its 1958 release. It also spent seven weeks as the No. 1 rhythm and blues song.
"He loved his singing," Veta Gardner said of her husband of 24 years. "That was his whole life." The Coasters have continued to perform over the decades, with multiple changes to the lineup. Gardner has always held the rights to the group's name, and his son, Carl Gardner Jr., took over as lead singer when his father retired in 2005.
According to the group's website, the elder Gardner was born in Tyler, Texas, and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s. He became a founding member of The Coasters in 1955. The Coasters had 14 songs on the R&B charts, and eight of them crossed over to the pop Top 40, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their hits were written by the famed team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
"The Coasters' parlayed their R&B roots into rock 'n' roll hits by delivering Leiber and Stoller's serio-comic tunes in an uptempo doo-wop style. Beneath the humor the songs often made incisive points about American culture for those willing to dig a little deeper," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entry on the group says. In the 1960s, their hits were covered by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other British Invasion bands.
Gardner had been a longtime advocate for legislation that would prevent bogus groups from using the names of famous acts like The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Platters and many others. Florida lawmakers passed such legislation in 2007. "He was such a humble person," his wife said. "If you met Carl, you would never know he was famous."
A viewing and funeral services are scheduled for next week in Port St. Lucie.
The full "Charlie Brown" on TV 1959
Posters of 1957 and of 1958 - Courtesy of PosterCentral.com
Blues&Rhythm Nos. 258 and 259, plus 260,
with great essays by Todd Baptista (The Clown Princes of Rock 'n' Roll).
pdf, The Clown Princes by Todd Baptista
Great Essay and other Coasters extras 56 pages
(don't miss this one - lots of great new images)
Don't miss this:
Smokey Joe's Cafe Live
- with the longest lasting lineup of The Coasters
featuring Carl Gardner Sr (acc by the Rockin Robin Band).
at Little Darlin's Rock 'n Roll Palace in Orlando
5.44 min of great entertainment, 1991.
Exclusively at this web-site, ctsy Veta Gardner.
From two of the pages on the pdf-file "Those Hoodlum Friends" and
from the Supplement to "Those Hoodlum Friends"
Along Came Jones and What is the Secret of Your Success (Shindig TV 1965)
(Shindig TV 1965)
To: All Agents, Promoters and Buyers
From: Veta Gardner Re: THE COASTERS
ALL BOOKINGS FOR "THE COASTERS"
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The four Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Coasters
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Veta Gardner Management
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