THE COASTERS - SESSION DISCOGRAPHY
- by Claus Röhnisch
for update on pdf
About the Session
Formula/standards - Headings: Vocal line-up, instrumental accompanists (with arranger, producer, engineer), recording location and date. Line: master number, track title (with marks of lead singer and accompanists), re-allocated master numbers, track time, original and special record issues. Alternate and edited tracks are listed after original masters. This is followed by Notes concerning the last listed session.
Due to the alternate
versions appearing on different issues (original mono issues, edited stereo tracks,
electronic stereo versions, true stereo versions and complete alternate takes) some
mistakes may have entered the discography! Just give me a note if you find any (I have not been blessed with the best
technical knowledge). In 1958 Atlantic
started recording in 8-track stereo, although the first issues did not see light until the mid and late
´60s. Some never did until the Sequel issues.
Alternate takes (alt.take) are different recording takes and edited (ed.) tracks use several parts of original master. Slightly edited (sl.ed.) tracks use most parts of original master. Beyond the fact that all alternate and edited versions are in stereo (in contrast to original mono issues), they often also differ distinctly in vocal and instrumental approach. Several Sequel stereo masters differ distinctly to the original mono issues, although they are not listed as separate takes (the "alternate editions" are though mentioned in the notes). Some stereo editions are electronic, although several later stereo masters on Warner Bros, Sequel, the "Charlie Brown" CD and Rhino Handmade are true stereo.
Issues without label mark
indicate Atco Records. "A" indicates U.S. Atlantic issues. Only U.S.
releases and British 45´s (E) are listed (all London Records are British). Only the
original albums are listed in the session discography (Rhino´s double-set CD R2 71090
"50 Coastin´ Classics" is noted, as RCD for general overview).
The 30 mono masters on Rhino 2CD 132092, which includes all Coasters Pop Chart
hits (issued in 2007 and titled "The Definitive Soul Collection") are
marked R2C. All tracks on the four British Sequel CDs of March, 1997 - RSA CD 868,
869, 870 and 871 are listed. All tracks on "Charlie Brown" CD
of 2000 are listed (American bootleg - noted as RBRelic), numbered 5267-65175-1B+ (all of
them are true stereo editions except "My Baby Comes To Me") - with alternate
versions listed separately with track time including studio chat. When that CD has an
original master (listed together with original issues) it almost always has longer track
time due to studio chats and longer endings - fadeouts (the enhanced track time presented
in notes). All tracks of "50 Golden Years with The Coasters"
are marked G50. All tracks of Rhino Handmade RHM2-7740 4CD Box "The Complete
Atco Recordings" are marked RHM (with a postfix s if it is a stereo master).
All tracks on Varese Vintage CD
302066844-2 "Down Home" (comprising the Date/King
tracks) are noted for overview (VV).
Albums are noted with LP or CD prefixes. Tracks which are issued in album form only on non-original albums, have those albums noted (several later compilations have alternate takes - the Atco subsidiary Clarion LP 605 "That Is Rock & Roll", the British Atlantic LP K-30057 "20 Great Originals", Atco LP 33-371 "Their Greatest Recordings - The Early Years", some of the Japanese Warner/Pioneer LPs, and the British Edsel LP ED 156 "Thumbin´ A Ride"). For reissues and later compilations, see separate albums discography (with full track listings). The stereo album of LP 135 (SD 33-135 "Coast Along with The Coasters") includes the alternate stereo versions listed in the discography after the mono takes (e.g. "The Snake & The Bookworm", which is a complete different take).
The Swedish Mr R&B LP is noted as RBLP 102. Atlantic/DeLuxe LP 2-4003 also issued on Atlantic´s "mother" company, Warner, as CD 27604-2 with four lesser tracks (see notes); the CD contains stereo editions. When takes are not the same on that CD compared to the LP, the Warner CD is noted in the session discography. The tracks of listed compilations which correspond to original issues are not noted (e.g.: the track "That Is Rock & Roll" on the Edsel LP is identical to the original issues and therefor not noted in the discography). The Coasters´ hits have been reissued on several compilations with various artists on different labels. Such compilations, in general, only noted in this edition, when tracks are not on any original album. See special CD Guide for overview on Coasters CDs.IIn late 2004 Rhino-Elektra-Warner published the three Atco LPs 101, 123, and 135 on RealPlayer Music Store for download purchasing.
The discography starts with the Robins´ Spark recordings (the only Robins tracks featuring Carl Gardner). All of these were later issued as by the Coasters (see heading below). In this discography the Spark recordings are not listed according to "LS master numbers" (which may have been assigned by Leiber-Stoller in conjunction with registration of publishing rights), but according to probable dates of recording (thereby corresponding with the Atco assigned master numbers and with aural/technical evidence). The Robins´ pre- and post Spark recordings are listed in a separate section (also including Bobby Nunn´s solo recordings).
About this edition
In 1959, when I was a teenager, "Charlie Brown" hit the Top 10 in Sweden. I was already a devoted Coasters fan (after hearing "Yakety Yak") and started buying all their available records (I will never forget the strain I went through, forcing my local dealer to order Atco LPs from America). "Shoppin´ For Clothes" was not released in Sweden, but I sent a courier to get the London single in England, and from 1962 I obtained further (and early) recordings directly from the Atlantic office (Theresa Garthson at the Atlantic staff in New York also supplied me with wonderful publicity photos and recording information). I published my first Coasters discography in England in 1963, followed by some minor articles in Sweden during the next 15 odd years (Bill Millar corrected me once concerning my mix-up of Gardner & Guy on photos; and I continued my research after Bill´s ambitious and engaging book). In 1980 I supplied Mr R&B Records with the material for the Coasters´ special rare recordings album.
During 1988 I compiled, and in early 1990 I published my first limited edition of Those Hoodlum Friends, loosely based on the discography Kurt Mohr had supplied for inclusion in Millar´s book "The Coasters" (Star Books, 1975). Responses from collectors and further research resulted in slightly revised editions, published in strictly limited quantities. Those editions were continuously extended (including singles and albums listings, chart placings, and also a "Fake Coasters recordings" section). The fifth updated - edition, including members´ mini bio´s and an extended section on the group´s story (titled "The Story Quoted"), was published by "Now Dig This" in 1993.
This new edition was first published on the Internet in September-October 1999 (44 years after the foundation of the Coasters) - completely re-edited, including latest information on issued records and updated biographical information with several further story-quotes. It also featured a heavily improved layout. Furthermore a new introductional presentation of the Coasters was added. Also added was a large section of a year by year re-cap of "50 Years of R&B with the Coasters", and sections with the Robins´ and Bobby Nunn´s discographies; plus some special "extras". The web site was continuously revised during 2001 and 2002 and subsequentlyupdated. It nowadays comprises more than 25 large Internet scrollable pages.
Carl Gardner (original and present lead singer of the Coasters) and Veta Gardner (his wife and manager), who I both had the pleasant privilege to guest in early 1992, have been extremely helpful in creating this ultimate discography. I call Veta and Carl Gardner my very good friends. Thanks also to Bill Millar, Chris Woodford, Trevor Cajiao, Todd Baptista, Eric LeBlanc, Charles Sheen, Stefan Pingel-Wriedt, and the late Brian Watson, who have encouraged me to update and improve my work. I am extremely obliged to Theresa Garthson, who has been the foremost inspiration to my discographical interest. Special thanks to Bernd Kratochwil of Rockin´ Fifties magazine, Germany. Information has also been obtained from Bob Altshuler, Michel Ruppli, Robert Palmer, Fernando L. Gonzalez, Gary Kramer, Kurt Mohr, Galen Gart, Leslie Fancourt, Big Al Pavlow, Robert D. Ferlingere, Norbert Hess, Dick Horlick, Charlie Gillett, Cliff White, Colin Escott, Pete Grendysa, Jay Warner, Alan Balfour, Barry Hansen, Dave Booth, Mitch Rosalsky, Little Walter De Venne, and Billy Vera. Extra special acknowledgments go to Tony Rounce (nowadays at Ace Records) of Sequel Records in London, who (with assistance from Bob Fisher, Brian Watson, Little Walter Devenne and Seamus McGarvey) has made it possible for us to enjoy all Atco recordings in Sequel Records´ special 4CD series. I would also like to thank the owner of Relic Record Shoppe in Hackensack, NJ, who got me the terrific "Charlie Brown" CD of 2000; Frank Scott, who served me with the "In Concert" CD; Cary Mansfield at VareseVintage, and especially James Fritz of Rhino Handmade, who made a terrific job with "The Coasters On Atco" issued in 2007. Thanks also to Rhino Records, to Collectables Records, and to Peter Stoller.
or THE COASTERS (LP 101, EP 4503, LP 371, RSACD 868)
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Bobby Nunn, bass/lead-1; Grady Chapman (first session), tenor/lead-2; "Ty" Terrell Leonard, tenor; Billy Richard and Roy Richard, baritones
Gil Bernal,ts; Willard McDaniel,pno/celeste-4; Charlie "Chuck" Norris,gtr; Ralph "Waldo" Hamilton,bs; John "Jessie" Sailes,dms. Unknown, eng; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,prod. Prob. Mike Stoller, pno on LS 29, 31, 32.
Prob. Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica, Boulevard, Hollywood c:a February-March, 1954
LS 13 The Hatchet Man -1 2:32 Spark 116, RCD, Coll CD9974, RHM
LS 29 I Love Paris -2 2:27 Spark 113, Harmony LP LS-13, RHM
LS 31 Whadaya Want? -2 2:29 Spark 110, RCD, Coll CD9974, RHM
LS 32 If Teardrops Were Kisses -4 2:46 Spark 110, Spark LP 1000, G50, Coll CD9974, RHM
prob. Richard Berry,lead bass vcl-3; Mike Stoller,arr/pno; Gil Bernal,ts; Barney Kessell,gtr; Ralph "Waldo" Hamilton,bs; John "Jessie" Sailes,dms. Abe "Bunny" Robyn,eng; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,prod.
Master Recorders, 533 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles early 1954
LS 15 Wrap It Up -1 (Gardner,second lead) (57C-245, 59C-4073) 2:48 Spark 103, LP 101, RCD, RHM
LS 16 Riot In Cell Block # 9 -3 (57C-246, 59C-4074) 3:02 Spark 103, LP 101, EP 4503, LP 143, RCD, Rhino CD 70593, Coll CD9974, R2C, RHM
c:a August, 1954
LS 22 Loop De Loop Mambo (57C-281, 59C-4093) 2:15 Spark 107, LP 101, EP 4503, G50, Coll CD9974, RHM
LS 14 One Kiss (57C-282, 59C-4094) 2:49 Spark 113, LP 101, RCD, Coll CD9974, RHM
LS 23 I Must Be Dreamin (57C-283, 59C-4095) 2:19 Spark 116, LP 101, RCD, Coll CD9974, R2C, RHM
LS 24 Framed -1 (57C-284, 59C-4096) 2:45 Spark 107, LP 101, EP 4503, LP 143, RCD, Coll CD9974, R2C, RHM
Prob. July 7, 1955 (or poss. January, 1955)
(Recording date: Michel Ruppli and the Atlantic files give September 28, 1955 as recording date, but this was the day the Spark masters were bought by Atco).
LS 30 Smokey Joe´s Cafe 55C-32, S-1669 2:46 Spark 122, 6059, LP 101, LP 315, A 13106, RCD, Coll CD9974, R2C, RHM
LS 21 Just Like A Fool 55C-33, S-1670 2:53 Spark 122, 6059, RCD, CeeVee 6552CD, Coll CD9974, RHM
Notes: Mike Stoller states in the liner notes of Rhino R2 71090 that "The Hatchet Man" was the first Robins date on Spark. Last session wrongly listed as recorded 1954 on RHM2 7740. Grady Chapman possibly featured also on last session. Earlier discographies have listed above recordings in three sessions (each with four recordings) in order of LS master numbers with differing dates of recordings (March 1954, August 1954, c:a January 1955). If LS 29-32 were recorded at one and same session, they must have been recorded in January 1955, since Spark single 110 was released in January 1955 - but since several Spark records were issued during early 1955 (and not "Smokey") the August-September date is the most probable. Some Ernie Freeman-fans state Freeman and René Hall were involved as arrangers and musicians on "Just Like A Fool" (well Freeman certainly backed the Robins - and the Coasters on tour several times in the mid ´50s). All twelve Spark titles issued on Sequel RSA CD 868. Billy Guy and Leiber/Stoller have stated that Berry was guest lead on LS 16, although Gardner and Atco proclaim it is actually Nunn. Both Berry and Guy have recorded "answers" to "Riot...". Atco purchased and reallocated Spark masters on September 28, 1955 and reissued one Robins single (Atco 6059 with S-master numbers used). Most of the Spark recordings issued as by the Coasters on several later LP issues. Spark was owned by A.L.Stoller, Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber and Lester Sill. Quintet Music was owned by Leiber, the Stollers, Sill, and Jack Levy. Master series 57C- allocated for LP 101 in 1957. That LP was reissued together with "One By One" on a "2LPs on 1CD" on Collectables COL 7656 in December, 2004. All twelve recordings released on a bootleg Robins LP (Spark 1000 "The Best Of The Robins Volume 3", 1974, reissued in 1991 with two extra tracks, "Rockin´" and "That´s What The Good Book Says" from Modern). LS 16 titled "Riot In Cell Block Number Nine" and ".....Number 9" on some later issues. LS 23 titled "I Must Be Dreamin'" on later issues , and "I Must Be Dreaming" on Warner/Pioneer LP 13013 (and wrongly credited as the 1964 recording on that LP). LS 31 titled "Whadaya´ Want" on RSACD 868. Several of the above titles are on Dutch Harmony LP LS-13 (bootleg with very bad sound), which also features Robins´ recordings for Crown and RCA (1953). "Wobble Loo" on that album is neither by the Robins or the Coasters (actually by Ray Agee - Spark 119 - matrix LS 50) and the album is issued as by the Robins on label and the Coasters on sleeve. Rhino CD R2 71090 "50 Coastin´ Classics" noted as RCD (for general overview). LS 30 sometimes spelt "Smokey Joe´s Café". Coll CD9974 titled "Smokey Joe's Cafe" as by The Robins and has "One Kiss" titled "One Kiss Led To Another".
The Robins also recorded for Aladdin, Savoy, Modern and RPM (1949-1952) with Bobby Nunn and continued recording without Nunn and Gardner throughout the ´50s. Richard Berry was a regular member of the Flairs and sang on several other recordings by different artists as bass and baritone. The Coasters were formed in October, 1955. In 1957 and 1958 several of the Robins´ Spark recordings were reissued on LP and EP as by the Coasters, leading to the common misconception that the Robins had transformed into the Coasters. In fact Gardner and Nunn were recruited by Leiber-Stoller-Sill and due to touring engagements there was not enough recorded material available when Atco needed recordings for the Coasters´ first LP.
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Billy Guy, baritone/lead-1; Bobby Nunn, bass; Leon Hughes, tenor
Mike Stoller, arr/pno; Gil Bernal,ts; Barney Kessell and prob. Adolph Jacobs,gtrs; Ralph Hamilton,bs; Jessie Sailes,dms/perc; Chico Guerrero,congas. Abe Robyn,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit ts on 56C-67.
"Hollywood" / Master Recorders, 533 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles January 11, 1956
56C-67 Brazil (Gardner, Nunn, Guy joint leads) S-1857 2:22 6073, LP 101, RCD, CD 868, Rhino CD 70278, R2C, RHM
56C-68 Down In Mexico S-1858 3:16 6064, LP 101, LP 111, A 13004, RCD, CD 868, R2C, RHM
56C-69 One Kiss Led To Another S-1859 2:52 6073, LP 101, RCD, CD 868, R2C, RHM
56C-70 Turtle Dovin´ S-1860 3:08 6064, LP 101, RCD , CD 868, R2C, RHM
Note: S-master nos. used on single issues. "Turtle Dovin´" issued on Atlantic LP AD2-4003, but not on the corresponding later Warner CD. That track is titled "Turtle Dovin" on some pressings, and on Rhino CD "50 Coastin' Classics" and on the Rhino/Flashback and Collectables ten-track CD. 56C-69 runs for 2:35 on LP 101. CD 868 is the British Sequel RSA CD 868 (issued 1997).
Obe "Young" Jessie,harmony-vcl (omit Hughes); Mike Stoller,arr/pno; Gil Bernal or poss. Plas Johnson,ts; Barney Kessell,gtr/mandolin-5; Adolph Jacobs,gtr; Ralph Hamilton,bs; Jessie Sailes and A.L. (Abe Stoller,dms; Joe Oliveira,perc; poss. Chico Guerrero,congas. Abe Robyn,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Lester Sill,manager. Omit ts on 57C-105 and -108. According to Plas JOhnson it is Gil Bernal who plays the sax.
February 12/15, 1957 (mostly filed as February 15)
57C-105 Lola -5 (59C-3689) 2:45 LP 101, CD 868, RHM
57C-106 Sweet Georgia Brown (Gardner, Guy, Nunn joint leads) 57C-186 (59C-3690) 2:45 6104, LP 111, RCD, CD 868, RHM
57C-107 Young Blood 57C-187 (59C-3691) 2:20 6087, London 8450, LP 101, EP 4501, LP 111, London EP 1203, A 13003, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
57C-108 Searchin´ -1 57C-188 (59C-3692) 2:46 6087, London 8450, LP 101, EP 4501, LP 103, LP 111, London EP 1203, LP 143, Atlantic(E) 584087, A 13003, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
Note: Master numbers 106 - 108 later changed to 186 - 188 and used on Atco singles. "Young" Jessie, born Dec 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, near Dallas, Texas. Sang with The Flairs 1952-1953 and also recorded as a solo act from 1954 (for Modern and for Leiber-Stoller). Was hired for this session with the Coasters (contrary to the belief that he was a Coasters member - and may be the one singing the phrase: "you know I'll bring her in some day" on "Searchin'"). A 13003 is the first of six U.S. Atlantic re-issue singles from 1973 in the Oldies-series (issued were 13003-13007, plus 13122 and the Robins on 13106).
Jesse Stone,dir/poss.prod; Lowell "Count" Hastings,ts; prob. Mike Stoller,arr; Kenny Burrell,gtr; Lloyd Trotman,bs; Joe Marshall,dms.
Capitol Studios, New York City June 12-13, 1957
57C-229 Wait A Minute -1 (59C-4083) rejected (see note)
Note: Probably edited on December 4, 1957 (see 57C-326) and may be same master track (59C-4083 poss. the rechanneled number, see below).
Mike Stoller,arr/pno; Floyd McDaniel,gtr; Willie Dixon and/or Louis Meyers,bs; Fred Below,dms. Jack Wiener,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
Sheldon Recording Studio, 2120 Michigan Avenue (Chess Building), Chicago July 24, 1957
57C-251 (When She Wants Good Lovin´) My Baby Comes To Me -1 (59C-3648) 2:59 6098, EP 4501, RBLP 102, RCD, CD 868, RHM
57C-252 Idol With The Golden Head (59C-3649) 2:24 6098, EP 4501, Clarion LP 605, A 13005, RCD, CD 868, R2C, RHM
57C-253 What Is The Secret Of Your Success? -1 (59C-3650) 2:28 6104, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, RCD, CD 868, RHM
57C-251 My Baby Comes To Me Alernate take (outtake) 2:34 RBRelic, RHM
Note: 57C-251 listed as recorded July 24, 1957 in Atlantic files (according to Michel Ruppli and Leiber-Stoller), but as June 13, 1957 (according to Fernando L. Gonzalez: Disco File). 57C-252 titled "The Idol With The Golden Head" on ALP 2-4003 cover (and Warner CD label and cover, also on Wisepack LECD 076). 57C-253 titled "What Is the Secret Of Your Success" on Edsel LP 156 and CD 868. The RBLP has no ´scar´at the end of "Secret".
The alternate outtake has a diff. chorus backing and slightly faster tempo plus a diff. pno sound.
prob. Tommy Evans,bass vcl (omit Nunn and Hughes); Mike Stoller,arr/pno; Seldon "Jesse" Powell,ts; Adolph Jacobs and Al Caiola,gtrs; Lloyd Trotman,bs; Joe Marshall and A.L. (Abe) Stoller,dms; Harry Breuer,tamb; Lester Sill,manager (prob. present); Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit ts on 57C-329. Both Nunn and Hughes prob present on 57C-326 (see above), but omit pno and one gtr.
Capitol Studios, 151 West 46th Street, New York City December 4, 1957
57C-326 Wait A Minute -1 57C-3700 (59C-3700) 2:40 6186, London 9293, LP 135, RCD, CD 868, CD 871, R2C, RHM
57C-327 I´m Fallin´ (59C-3701) unissued
57C-328 Dance! (59C-3702) 2:21 6111, EP 4507, Pioneer LP 6188, CD 868, RHM
57C-329 Gee, Golly -1 (59C-3703) 2:01 6111, EP 4507, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, CD 868, RHM
57C-328 Dance Extended re-mix 2:23 Clarion LP 605, G50, RHM
Note: Master no. 57C-3700 used on single. 57C-328 titled "Dance" on most later issues. 57C-329 titled "Gee Golly" on album issues. Tommy Evans sang with the Drifters in 1957-58. During this period the Drifters sometimes masqueraded as the Coasters, featuring Evans and Bobby Hendricks (see also general notes on "Off-Shot Coasters Records"). Hendricks had been featured in ex-Drifter Bill Pinkney´s Flyers, who recorded for Atco in 1957. Some information indicates it may have been Terry Evans (who is not the 1944 Mississippi-born soul singer), substituting for Nunn at this session (see info), although it is more likely he may have toured with Cornell Gunter´s Coasters in the ´60s. 57C-327 sometimes filed as "I´ve Fallen". When The Coasters were awarded for "Searchin´" and "Young Blood" on the Steve Allen TV-show on August 25, 1957 (from which the photo on The Coasters´ first Atco LP 33-101 was taken) Nunn and Hughes participated. "Wait A Minute" rechanneled for stereo LPSD 135.
The re-mixed version of 57C-328 (not issued on Sequel) has intro omitted and a different approach from Gardner and complete different ending including the phrase ".. let´s do the Mambo Italiano.." (is in fact a continuation of the original track).
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Billy Guy, baritone/lead-1; Will "Dub" Jones, bass/lead-2; Cornelius (Cornel) "Cornell" Gunter, tenor/second lead-3. (Sung in unison -4)
Mike Stoller,arr/pno; "King" Curtis Ousley,ts; Clifton "Skeeter" Best,bjo; Adolph Jacobs and Alan (Allen) Hanlon,gtrs; Lloyd Trotman or Wendell Marshall,bs; Joe Marshall,dms; Francisco "Chino" Pozo,congas; Reggie Obrecht,dir. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit ts and pno on both versions of "Stewball".
Atlantic Studios, 234 West 56th Street, New York City March 17, 1958
58C-363 Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart -2,3 Master, take 7 (59C-4121) 2:52 6116, London 8665, LP 111, A 13149, RCD, CD 869, RHMs
58C-364 Three Cool Cats (59C-4122) 2:10 6132, London 8819, EP 4506, LP AD 2-4003, RCD, CD 868, R2C, RHM
58C-365 Yakety Yak (Gardner & Guy, dual lead) 59C-4123 (58C-4123) 1:56 6116, London 8665, EP 4503, LP 103, LP 111, LP 143, London (E) EP 1203, A 13006, Atlantic(E) 10258, Atlantic(E) 584087, RCD, CD 869, RBRelic, R2C, RHMs
58C-366 Stewball -1 Master take 11, 59C-4124 (58C-4124) 2:23 6168, London 9151, LP 135, SLP 135 (stereo), RCD, CD 870, CD 871(stereo), RHMs
58C-364 Three Cool Cats Take 1, alt. arrangement 2:13 RBRelic, G50, RHMs
58C-364 Three Cool Cats Master take 12 (stereo) 2:41 SD 6132, Clarion LP 605, Edsel LP 156, CD 869, RHMs
58C-365 Yakety Yak (Gardner & Guy, dual lead) Take 3 1:54 RHM
58C-365 Yakety Yak (Gardner & Guy, dual lead) Take 6, stereo 1:51 Clarion LP SD-605, LP 371, CD 33111-2, Warner CD 27604, RHMs
58C-365 Yakety Yak (Gardner & Guy, dual lead) Alt. take 5, outtake 2:41 RBRelic, RHMs
58C-365 Yakety Yak (Gardner & Guy, dual lead) Complete alternate master, take 9 2:26 Unissued
58C-366 Stewball -1 alternate 2:18 Edsel LP 156, JapAtlantic 13013
The tracks below are the masters from above with studio chat and false starts:
58C-363 Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart -2,3 False start take 8 - take 7 master 3:29 RBRelic
58C-364 Three Cool Cats False start take 11 - take 12 master 3:20 RBRelic
58C-366 Stewball -1 False start take 10 - take 11 master 2:37 RBRelic
Note: Starting with this session Atlantic recorded their titles ion 8-track tapes. The first stereo editions did not see light though before 1968, when "The History of R&B" series was issued. Therefore several later re-issues of "Yakety Yak" et al sound different to the original issues. 58C-363 titled "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart" on some later issues - original pressing of 6116 spelled "Zing' Went The Strings of My Heart". Master no. 59C-4124 used on single and has stereo master on Sequel. 58C-364 speeded up on bootleg Harmony LP LS-13 (track time 1:54). It has the time of 2:43 noted on EP 4506, but runs for 2:10. 58C-365 also on flip of 1986 reissue hit "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King (Atlantic 78-93617 and composer credits to Ottis (sic) Blackwell - Jack Hammer; interesting!), also released in England. 58C-363 and 58C-365 appear in stereo on Sequel.
"Zing!" on RBRelic has studio intro, false start (take 8) and longer sax ending plus end chat. Take 1 of "Cats" is a complete different version both vocally and instrumentally. Master 2:41 (take 12) has different sax solo, slightly diff. text and an extra verse (and appears on Sequel with shorter running time 2:29). The RB Relic version also includes take 11. "Yakety Yak" take 3 is in stereo and has a completely different sax solo. "Yakety Yak" take 6, stereo has a short sax sequence omitted after the line "Don´t you give me no dirty looks". The complete unissued alt master (time 2:26) has different sax solo and prolonged alternate ending. Atco CD 33111-2 is a stereo re-issue of the original Atco LP "The Coasters´ Greatest Hits" (although only "Poison Ivy" and "Yakety Yak" are in stereo). "Yakety Yak" take 5 is an alternate take and has studio intro with different vocals and lesser and different Curtis sax. "Stewball" on RBRelic has a different ending plus false start plus the original master. "Stewball" is not on Clarion - as Sequel wrongly states and the alternate is only slightly diff (one sentense "I need the money" changed to "went overdue").
Mike Stoller,arr/pno; King Curtis,ts; Adolph Jacobs,gtr; Alan Hanlon and/or George Barnes,gtrs; Wendell Marshall or Abie Baker,bs; Joe Marshall or poss. Gary Chester,dms; prob. Francisco "Chino" Pozo,congas. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit pno and ts on 58C-419. Omit pno on 58C-421 and 59C-3610.
August 8, 1958
58C-419 Sorry But I´m Gonna Have To Pass -2 Take 19 (59C-3632) 2:11 6126, London 8729, EP 4506, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, RCD, Rhino(E) CD 32656, CD 869, Atlantic singleCD A4519CD, RBRelic, RHMs
58C-420 The Shadow Knows -1 Master (59C-3633) 2:15 6126, London 8729, EP 4506, LP 111, RCD, CD 869, RBRelic, R2C, RHMs
58C-421 I´m A Hog For You -4 Undubbed master (59C-3634) 2:25 Sequel RSA CD 871, RBRelic, RHMs
58C-422 Crocodile -4 Take 14 (59C-3635) 2:07 RBRelic, RHMs
58C-420 The Shadow Knows -1 Take 2-outtake 2:57 RBRelic, RHMs
58C-421 I´m A Hog For You (Yea Yea) -4 Take 5-outtake 2:41 RBRelic
58C-421 I´m A Hog For You (Yea Yea) -4 Takes 6,7-false starts, take 8 3:21 RBRelic, RHMs
58C-421 I´m A Hog For You -4 Alt.take-slow version 1:57 RBRelic, RHMs
58C-422 Crocodile - 4 2:09 Unreleased take 1 RHM
Note: 58C-419 listed in files as "Sorry But I Must Pass". The RBRelic edition has studio chat intro and runs for 2:27. RCD 32656 is the European edition of RCD 71597. Above track only on the European issue as a bonus track. 58C-420 issued with added credits "Sax Solo: King Curtis" on Atco single label. 58C-421 listed as "I´m A Hog For You, Baby" in Atlantic files (the Seguel issue has a running time of 2:14). "I´m A Hog For You" often misplaced as 58C-460 or 58C-462 (see next session). The issued version (59C-3610, see below) was edited on July 17, 1959 and titled "I´m A Hog For You Baby" on Atlantic (E) LP K-30057 and on Sequel. 58C-460 actually by Hutch Davie.
Accomp. credits on Rhino double-CD R2 71090 (based on partly wrong information on Atlantic LP 2-4003) are in several cases not accurate, especially regarding gtrs, bs, dms; with issue dates as references (not the actual recording dates). 58C-419, 420 and 421 have stereo masters on Sequel.
"The Shadow Knows" take 2 (alt.take) on RBRelic has complete different lyrics and diff. instrumental sound. The "Yea Yea" versions of "I´m A Hog For You" are completely diff. versions (lyrics and instrumentation) from the issued ones and in faster tempo and the slow-version is completely different arrangement with more sax. About "Crocodile" I really have to say: Why not issued? It is superb with a wonderful sax solo. The alternate unreleased take 1 is also in stereo, but has different vocal and sax approaches.
Mike Stoller,arr/pno; James "Taft" Jordan and Red Solomon,tpts; Eddie Bert,tbn; King Curtis,ts-5; Adolph Jacobs and Don Arnone,gtrs; Milt Hinton,bs; Belton Evans,dms. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit tpts and tbn on both versions of "Charlie Brown".
December 11, 1958
58C-461 Charlie Brown -5 (unison) Master (59C-4168) 2:21 6132, London 8819, EP 4506, LP 111, LP 118, LP 143, London EP 1203, A 13007, RCD, CD 869, RBRelic, R2C, RHMs
58C-462 Hey Sexy -4 (59C-4169) 2:35 Rhino CD 71090 , CD 871, RBRelic, RHMs
58C-461 Charlie Brown -5 (Gardner & Gunter, leads) Alt. stereo (outtake) 2:17 SD 6132, Clarion LP 605, ALP 8164, CD 870, RBRelic, RHMs
58C-462 Hey Sexy / Sexy Alt.take (take 4) - Gardner lead 2:58 RBRelic, G50, RHMs
Note: Master numbers in parentheses are the reallocated numbers given when Atlantic coordinated all Atco master numbers with Atlantic´s in July, 1959 (36/37-series) and in January, 1960 (40/41-series). Atco single 6132 also issued in stereo. 58C-461 and -462 have stereo masters on Sequel. ALP 8164 is from Atlantic´s "History of R&B" compilation series. Rhino CDs 70619 and 70620 are compilations titled "Top Rock´N´Roll Hits" (in stereo). "Charlie Brown" by the Cues from 1956 is a complete different song. The master version of "Charlie Brown" on RBRelic is a stereo version of 58C-461.
When "Charlie Brown" was issued in the States an article said that the British single would have the line "Who´s always throwing spitballs?" changed to "Who´s always heading for a fall?" (but that was not inserted - same master on Atco and London). Alt.stereo take of "Charlie Brown" has Gunter and Jones separated from Gardner and Guy in stereo, no speeded-up "yes, you" and different sax solo. The "Charlie Brown" outtake on RBRelic has a studio intro (but is the same take, with same sax solo, and runs for 2:44 on RBRelic and on Rhino Handmade RHM2-7740). The Gardner-led "Hey Sexy" is a complete different version with the other Coasters only doowa-ing, and listed as "Sexy" in Atlantic files (which would be the correct title for this version since Gardner does not use "hey" - the track is titled "Sexy" on G50), sometimes wrongly as 58C-460. Several unissued outtakes still exist of all the 1958 sessions (a.o. also an outtake of "Hey Sexy" including the sax of King Curtis).
Mike Stoller,arr/pno/temple blocks; King Curtis,ts; George Barnes,bjo; Alan Hanlon and Tony Mottola,gtrs; Abie Baker,bs; Sammy "Sticks" Evans,dms; Jerry Leiber,vcl(on bridges)-5. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
March 26, 1959
59C-3418 Along Came Jones (joint leads) 2:59 6141, London 8882, EP 4507, LP 111, A 13006, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
59C-3419 That Is Rock & Roll -5 2:25 6141, London 8882, EP 4507, LP 111, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
59C-3418 Along Came Jones Alt.take 2:56 SDLP 135, Clarion LP 605, CD 870, RHMs
59C-3419 That Is Rock & Roll -2 Ed./alt. 2:27 Clarion LP 605, LP 371, CD 870, RHMs
Note: From this session Arlantic used different masters for mono and for stereo. Alt.take has a slightly different vocal approach and different sax solo. Ed./alt. uses same instrumental track with unison chorus instead of Gardner plus Jones´ dubbed lead (on bridges) and titled "That Is Rock And Roll" on Atco LP 33-371 and CD 870. 59C-3419 titled "That Is Rock And Roll" and ".... ´n´ Roll" on some later issues. Starting with above session Atco´s master numbers correspond with Atlantic´s.
Mike Stoller,arr; King Curtis,ts; George Barnes,sixstr.bsg (dan-electro); McHouston "Mickey" Baker and poss. Alan Hanlon,gtrs; Albert (Elbert) "Sonny" Forriest,gtr; Wendell Marshall,bs; Alfred Dreares,dms; Willie Rodriguez,bgo. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit ts on all versions of "Poison Ivy". Add dubbed güiro perc (poss. Stoller) on the edited version of "Poison Ivy".
July 16, 1959
56C-3606 What About Us -4 2:45 6153, London 9020, LP 135, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
59C-3607 Poison Ivy (Gardner & Guy,joint leads) (edited) 2:44 6146, London 8938, LP 111, LP 118, Atlantic(E) 10258, A 13005, RCD , CD 869, R2C, RHM
59C-3606 What About Us -4 Alt.take 2:53 SDLP 135, Atlantic (E) LP K-30057, CD 871, G50, RHMs
59C-3607 Poison Ivy (unedited) 2:43 Atlantic (E) LP K-30057, Atco CD 33111-2, RHMs
59C-3607 Poison Ivy Alternate stereo. 2:47 LP 371, RHMs
Edited July 17, 1959
Mickey Baker or Al Caiola, "extra one-note guitar"; King Curtis, extra sax; and the Coasters, rephrasing the text "do the Boogie all night long" (recorded at August 8, 1958 session, with dubs as indicated here).
59C-3610 I´m A Hog For You -4 (edited) 2:00 6146, London 8938, LP 111, A 13007, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
Note:CDs 868, 869, 870 and 871 are the British Sequel RSA CDs of 1997. Earlier discographies show Adolph Jacobs as guitarist through 59C-3714, but in fact he quit the Coasters late 1958 (or poss. early 1959). The RBRelic CD includes a Coca Cola Commercial (titled "Soda Pop"), done in 1965 with Earl Carroll joining Gardner, Guy and Jones on that song. 3606 titled "What About Us?" on G50. The unedited version of "Poison Ivy" may be the original Atco single and is definately on the Atco CD reissue of "The Coasters´Greatest Hits" - all other album issues (except Oldies CD GLD 63169 "The Great Coasters") contain the edited version with "extra" dubbed güiro percussion. The alternate stereo of "Poison Ivy" has only the vocals by Gardner and Guy (stereo and no "aaahas" from the other Coasters) and is missing on CD 871, although it is mentioned in the innerlay booklet. The alternate of "What About Us" has different sax solo and slightly diff. accomp sound and is in stereo. 59C-3610 issued with differing sax fade-outs (track time variation 1:54 - 1:59) and titled "I´m A Hog For You Baby" on Atlantic (E) LP K-30057 and on Sequel.
Mike Stoller,arr/pno; King Curtis,ts; Sonny Forriest and Al Caiola,gtrs; Wendell Marshall,bs; David "Panama" Francis,dms. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
July 23, 1959
59C-3713 Run Red Run -1 3:01 6153, London 9020, LP 135, A 13122 , RCD, CD 869, RHM
59C-3714 Guitaritious unissued
59C-3713 Run Red Run -1 Ed. 3:04 SDLP 135, Atlantic(E) LP K-30057, PLP 13013, Warner CD 27604, CD 871, RHMs
Note: When a stereo take differs in master it is listed in this discography (but can also appear on later stereo issues). 59C-3714 is probably an instrumental. 59C-3713 titled "Run, Red, Run" on some later issues.
Ed. has different, dubbed sax solo by Curtis and is the stereo take.
Mike Stoller,arr/pno-5/elpno-6; King Curtis,ts/lead ts-8; George Barnes,bjo; Sonny Forriest,gtr; Wendell Marshall or Milt Hinton,bs; Panama Francis,dms; prob. Willie Rodriguez, bgo/cowbells-7; Jerry Leiber, prob. handcl-6. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Poss. Stan Applebaum,dir on -4275. Omit ts on -6.
February 26, 1960
60C-4861 Keep On Rolling -3,7 (61C-4861) 2:21 6192, London 9349, LP 135, RCD, CD 869, RHM
60C-4275 Besame Mucho (Part I) -2 60C-4293 2:16 6163, London 9111, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHM
60C-4294 Besame Mucho (Part II) -4,8 (ed.) 2:17 6163, London 9111, RBLP 102, CD 869, RHM
60C-4276 The Snake And The Book Worm -6 (Gardner & Gunter, unison lead) 2:17 6178, London 9208, LP 135, G50, RHM
60C-4277 Wake Me, Shake Me -1 2:28 6168, London 9151, LP 135, Atlantic 84985, RCD, R2C, RHM
60C-4278 Lady Like -4,5 2:08 6341, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, CD 871, RHM
60C-4861 Keep On Rolling -3,7 Ed. 2:23 SDLP 135, Edsel LP 156, CD 871, G50, RHMs
60C-4276 The Snake And The Bookworm -4,8 Alt.take 2:25 SDLP 135, Pioneer LP 6188, CD 871, RHMs
60C-4277 Wake Me, Shake Me -1 2:34 SDLP 135,CD 871, RHMs
Note: 60C-4861 edited in August, 1960 (original master no. not listed in Atlantic files, but the track is definitely from above session, despite the Rhino presentation as from February 9, 1961) and titled "Keep On Rollin´" on LP 33-135 and Sequel. 60C-4294 issued with added credits "Tenor Sax Solo By King Curtis" (no lead by Jones, only vocal chorus). 60C-4293/94 edited in March, 1960. "Besame Mucho Part 2" on Edsel LP 156 is in fact Part I. The two parts are connected into one track on Mr R&B RBLP 102 (total time 4:06). On Sequel "Besame Mucho Pts 1 & 2" are included in two tracks. 60C-4276 runs for 2:13 on single and on Edsel LP 156, and is missing on CD 870 although it is mentioned in the innerlay booklet. That version is titled "The Snake & The Bookworm" on the London single and on all albums. 60C-4278 titled "Ladylike" on Sequel. Ed. version of "Keep On Rolling" has dubbed vocal chorus instead of Curtis´ sax breaks. Alt.take of "The Snake" has Curtis on sax with lesser vocals and is in stereo on Sequel (note that this stereo version also is the take issued on Atco stereo LP SD 33-135). 60C-4277 is a stereo master (distinctly diff. sound).
Stan Applebaum,arr/dir; unknown strings; Ellis Larkins,pno; Artie Ryerson,bjo; Sonny Forriest and Alan Hanlon,gtrs; George Duvivier,bs; Don Lamond,dms; Phil Kraus,perc/vbs. Phil Ramone,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Coaster not singing lead acts vocal chorus.
June 13, 1960
60C-4625 Easy Living (Gunter) 3:51 LP 123
60C-4626 Don´t Get Around Much Anymore (Guy) 2:48 -
60C-4627 Moonlight In Vermont (Gardner) 3:19 -
60C-4628 Moonglow (Gardner) 2:07 -
60C-4629 You´d Be So Nice To Come Home To (Jones) 2:18 -
60C-4630 Autumn Leaves (Gunter) 3:56 -
June 15, 1960
60C-4631 Gee Baby Ain´t I Good To You (Guy) 2:17 LP 123
60C-4632 Satin Doll (Gardner) 2:31 -
60C-4633 The Way You Look Tonight (Jones) 2:41 -
60C-4634 Willow Weep For Me (Gardner) 2:46 -
60C-4635 But Beautiful (Jones) 2:48 -
60C-4636 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Gunter) 2.23 -
Note: Mono and stereo masters are identical. All twelve recordings issued on Atco LP 33-123 (and stereo version LP SD33-123). All tracks in stereo versions on Rhino Handmade RHM2-7740 (RHMs). Also on RSA CD 870 (Sequel with stereo masters). The tracks were also reissued on a "2LPs on 1CD" in December, 2004 on Collectables COL-CD-7656 together with the tracks of the first Coasters LP 101 (the "One By One"-part in stereo - with "Vermont" spelt "Vermount"). Gardner´s four titles also on Cee Vee 6552CD.
Mike Stoller,arr/pno; King Curtis,ts; Sonny Forriest and Phil Spector,gtrs; Wendell Marshall,bs; Gary Chester,dms. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Omit pno and Spector on -5.
July 29, 1960
60C-4752 Thumbin´ A Ride 2:23 6186, London 9293, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, RCD, CD 871, G50, RHM
60C-4753 Dog Face unissued
60C-4754 Shoppin´ For Clothes -1,5 (Jones, second lead) 2:58 6178, London 9208, LP 371, Atlantic(E) 10258, A 13122, RCD, CD 869, R2C, RHMs
Note: 60C-4754 in stereo on Warner CD 27604 and on Sequel. Original composer credits to Elmo Glick. Some pressings of 6178 issued as Clothes Line (Wrap It Up), which was the original written by Kent Harris (later Leiber-Stoller-Harris were credited as composers to "Shoppin' For Clothes").
Plas Johnson,ts; Jewell Grant,bars; Ernie Freeman,pno; Sonny Forriest and Rene Hall,gtrs; Eddie Williams,bs; Melvin Pollan,dms. Lester Sill and Lee Hazlewood,prod.
Prob. Gold Star Studios, 6252 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California December 7, 1960
60C-5234 Ridin´ Hood -4 Master 3:12 6219, RBLP 102, Edsel LP 156, CD 871, RBRelic, G50, RHMs
60C-5234 Riding Hood -4 Alt.take 2:39 Sequel RSA CD 870
60C-5234 Riding Hood -4 Take 4, false start-take 5 3:39 RBRelic
60C-5234 Riding Hood -4 Take 28 3:07 RBRelic, RHMs
Note: The master version on RBRelic and G50, titled "Riding Hood", runs for 3:18 and has introduction chat and a longer fadeout with diff. ending. The track is a stereo master on Sequel CD 871. Alt.take is an up-tempo version with a different sax solo and slightly diff. text. Take 28 is an alternate fast version with diff. sax solo and diff. ending.
Mike Stoller,arr/pno/speeded-up vcl on fade-5331; King Curtis,ts; George Barnes,bjo; Sonny Forriest and Alan Hanlon,gtrs; Abie Baker,bs; Bobby Rosengarden and Gary Chester,dms. Poss. Earl Carroll,extra harmony-vcl. Tom Dowd,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
Atlantic Studios, 234 West 56th Street, New York City February 9, 1961
61C-5330 Girls Girls Girls (Part I) -1 2:11 6204, London 9413, LP 135, RHM
61C-5607 Girls Girls Girls (Part II) -1 (alt.take 61C-5330B) 1:54 6204, London 9413, RBLP 102, RCD, CD 870, R2C, RHM
61C-5331 Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) -1 2:52 6192, London 9349, LP 135, A 13004, RCD, CD 869 , R2C, RHM
61C-5332 Weddin´ Days unissued
61C-5330 Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. 1) -1 Sl.ed*1 2:11 SDLP 135, Pioneer LP 6188, Pioneer LP 13013, Edsel LP 156, Warner CD 27604, CD 869, CD 871, RHMs
61C-5331 Little Egypt -1 Sl.ed*2 2:53 SDLP 135, LP 371, ALP 8193, CD 871, RHMs
Note: 61C-5607 edited in July, 1961. German Atlantic LP 99098 features twelve Coasters classics, all issued on US Atlantic/DeLuxe LP 2-4003 and Warner CD 27604-2 (the CD is noted when it features alternate stereo versions). 61C-5607 is a complete different take in faster tempo. 61C-5331 subtitled "Ying-Yang" on original single, LP 33-371, Pioneer LP 4583, Pioneer LP 13013, and Rhino CDs (the sl.ed. version subtitled on Sequel CD 871). "Girls Girls Girls" titled "Girls, Girls, Girls" (with or without part no.) on some later issues and on Atco stereo album SD 33-135. The single was advertised as "Girls, Girls, Girls (Sides 1 & 2)". Atlantic LPs 81294-81296 and four other double-albums in the "Atlantic Rhythm & Blues" compilation series issued in LP Box 81620 and in CD Box 82305-2 (these albums include the mono versions). Sl.ed*1 (stereo) has unison chorus instead of Guy´s bridge, and titled "Girls Girls Girls Pt 1" on Sequel. Sl.ed*2 has Guy singing earlier with the speeded-up "gitchys" and in stereo on Sequel.
Steve Douglas,ts; James H. Davids,elpno; Michael Adams,gtr; Llevellyn Klassy,bs; Sandy Nelson,dms. Lester Sill and Lee Hazlewood,prod.
Gold Star Studios, 6252 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California April 10, 1961
61C-5513 Giving Up unissued
61C-5514 Hongry -1 2:35 6341, RBLP 102, Pioneer LP 6188, RCD, CD 871, RHM
61C-5515 Teach Me How To Shimmy -1 2:12 6219, RBLP 102, Pioneer LP 6188, RCD, CD 871, RHM
61C-5516 I´m A Hum Dinger unissued
Note: Rhino CD R2 71090 gives several wrongly listed session dates and personnel (as does Warner CD 27604 and its preissue Atlantic LP 2-4003).
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Billy Guy, baritone/lead-1; Will "Dub" Jones, bass/lead-2; Earl "Speedo" Carroll, tenor/lead-3. (Sung in unison -4)
Mike Stoller,arr; (the Upsetters): Grady Gaines and Clifford "Gene" Burks,tss; Gary Bell,pno or poss. ts; Milt Hopkins and Joe Richardson,gtrs; "Olsie" Richard Robinson,bs; Emile Russell,dms. Phil Iehle,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
Atlantic Studios, 11 West 60th Street, New York City September 25, 1961
61C-5699 My Babe -1 2:07 LP 135, SDLP 135 (stereo), CD 869, RHMs
61C-5700 Bad Blood 2:20 6210, London 9493, LP 135, RCD, CD 871, R2C, RHM
61C-5701 (Ain´t That) Just Like Me -1 1:53 6210, London 9493, LP 135, SDLP 135 (stereo), RCD, CD 871, R2C, RHMs
61C-5700 Bad Blood Alt.take 2:20 SDLP 135, Atlantic(E) LP K-30057, PLP 6188, Warner CD 27604, CD 871, RHMs
Note: Alt.take has different Gardner bridge. CD 871 has stereo editions.
Mike Stoller,arr/elpno; Alan Lorber,dir; unknown strings; Wilbur "Dud" Bascomb and Lamar Wright,tpts; Harry DiVito,tbn; prob. Buddy Lucas or poss. King Curtis,ts (lead ts-5); Thomas "Curley" Palmer, Billy Butler and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli,gtrs; Al Lucas,bs; Gary Chester,dms. Leiber-Stoller,prod.
July 31, 1962
62C-6376 The Climb (vocal) -2 Sl.ed. 2:44 6234, G50
62C-6377 Bull Tick Waltz -1,5 2:26 6251, RBLP 102, CD 871, RHM
62C-6376 The Slime -2 Sl.ed. 2:45 Clarion LP 605, RCD, CD 871,RHMs
62C-6376 The Climb -2 Master 2:42 Sequel RSA CD 870, RBRelic, RHMs
62C-6414 The Climb (instrumental) (ed. 62C-6376) 2:40 6234
Note: 62C-6414 with brass overdub (no vocals - the trombone doing Jones) edited on August 14, 1962, with same rhythm track as the vocals. The "Slime" uses "...the Slime" instead of "...the Climb" and is probably the original master, since this was the original intended title (although it is titled "The Climb" on Clarion LP 605). The single version has the phrase "...hip to hip - let 'em roll..". That phrase is also used on all of "The Slime" issues. (Clarion and CD 871 have stereo versions). The master on Sequel CD 870 (titled "The Climb Pt 1" on inlay booklet "The Climb Pts 1 & 2" on sleeve) has the rephrasing of one sequence to "...at the club - let 'em roll" and runs for 2:46 on RBRelic (with a short intro), titled "The Climb". On "50 Golden Years with The Coasters" the original Atco single is edited into one track - total time 5:21 (although sleeve says "vocal only").
George "Teacho" Wiltshire,arr/dir; Alonzo "Buddy" Lucas,ts; Artie Butler,pno; Billy Butler, Mimi Roman and Everett Barksdale,gtrs; Russ Saunders,bs; Panama Francis,dms. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,prod.
January 10-11, 1963
62C-6707 The P.T.A. -1 2:29 6251, RBLP 102, CD 871, RHM
Note: Observe the 62C-master no. although the recording was made in 1963. Titled "The PTA" on Sequel.
King Curtis,dir/ts (and his orchestra); collective personnel: Lamar Wright and Elmon Wright,tpts; George Matthews,tbn; Jimmy Powell,as; Alva "Beau" McCain and Noble "Thin Man" Watts,tss; Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams,bars; George Stubbs,pno; Cornell Dupree, James Albert Bethea and Thomas "Curley" Palmer,gtrs; Jimmy Lewis and Alonzo Collins,bs; Ray Lucas,dms. King Coleman,MC; Tom Dowd and Phil Iehle,engs; Pat "Lover" Patterson, manager; Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler,prod.
Apollo Theater, New York City November 16, 1963
63C-7401 T´Ain´t Nothin´ To Me -1 (Jones, second lead) 63C-7573 4:38 LP 159, 6287, London 9863, ALP 8194, Atlantic 84985, CD 870, G50, R2C, RHMs
63C-7402 Speedo´s Back In Town -3 3:13 LP 159, 6287, London 9863, CD 870, RHMs
63C-7403 What´s The Secret Of Your Success unissued
63C-7404 Girls (Girls, Girls) unissued
Note: 63C-7573 shortened into 45-single, time 3:35, on January 28, 1964. The original track appears on Atco LP 33-159, which is a live album of several performers (reissued on CD Warner OPCD 1599/JCI JCD-3750). 63C-7401 (4:19) was included on the live "... In Concert" Time Machine CD in 2001, and titled "T´Ain´t Nothing To Me" on Sequel.
Charles Calello,arr/dir/prod; James Cleveland,tbn; Joe d´Addario,tpt; Raymond Desio and Wille "Bridges" Outerbridge,saxes; Leroy Glover,org; Horace Ott,pno; Thomas Palmer, Vincent Bell and Al Gorgoni,gtrs; Russ Saunders,bs; Buddy Saltzman,dms; George Devens,perc; Barbara Webb, Maretha Stewart and Eileen Gilbert, background vcls. Omit brass/reeds and girl vcls on -7477.
Atlantic Studios, 11 West 60th Street, New York City December 17, 1963
63C-7477 Bad Detective -1 2:40 6300, RBLP 102, RCD, CD 869, RHM
63C-7478 Lovey Dovey 2:49 6300, RBLP 102, Pioneer LP 6188, CD 869, RHM
63C-7479 Cotton Fields unissued
63C-7480 Skylark unissued
Teacho Wilshire,arr/dir/prod/prob.pno; Bill Bivens,ts; Ernie Hayes,org and/or pno; Eric Gale, Carl Lynch and Troy Seals,gtrs; Jimmy Lewis,bs; Bernard "Pretty" Purdie,dms. Gregory Carroll,co-prod (no relation to Earl). Omit ts and org on -8155.
August 28, 1964
64C-8153 Wild One -1 2:09 6321, RBLP 102, Pioneer LP 6188, CD 870, RHM
64C-8154 Speedball unissued
64C-8155 I Must Be Dreaming (Gardner & Guy, joint leads) 2:36 6321, CD 870, G50, RHM
Note: 64C-8155 titled "I Must Be Dreamin´ (1964 version)" on Sequel.
Bert Keyes,arr/dir/pno; Joe Newman and Bill Berry,tpts; Buddy Lucas,hca-5/ts; Seldon Powell,ts; Heywood Henry,bars; Thomas Palmer, Carl Lynch and Everett Barksdale,gtrs; Bill Winston,bs; Bobby Donaldson,dms; prob. George Devens,vbs-6. Unknown female vclgrp-7. Billy Guy,prod-7.
unknown studios, New York City April 21, 1965
65C-8832 Money Honey -4,5 2:36 6356, Harmony LP LS-13, CD 870, G50, RHM
65C-8833 Let´s Go Get Stoned -1,7 2:57 6356, LP 850, Pioneer LP 6188, CD 870, RHM
edited September 8, 1965 (see note)
65C-9290 Crazy Baby -1,6,7 2:03 6379, Kent(E) LP 092, CD 871, RHM
65C-9291 Bell Bottom Slacks And A Chinese Kimono (She´s My Little Spodee-O) -5 2:25 6379, CD 871, G50, RHM
Note: 9291 titled "Bell Bottom Slacks" on G50. Audibly -8832/9291 belong to one Atco-recorded session, with -8833/9290 as a special session, produced by Billy Guy and purchased by Atco (both sessions probably recorded in April, since Atco 6356 was released in May, when "Let´s Go Get Stoned" possibly was given "Bell Bottom Slacks..." original master no.). September 8, 1965 prob. in fact editing date of Atco 6379 (with partly different personnel). 65C-8833 is the original recording of this song. Ray Charles hit No. 1 on the R&B Chart with a cover one year later. 65C-8832 speeded up on bootleg Dutch Harmony LP (track time 2:16). 65C-9291 has a studio intro on Sequel.
King Curtis,arr/dir/prod/ts (and his orchestra); Paul Griffin,pno; Cornell Dupree and Hugh McCracken,gtrs; Charles "Chuck" Rainey,bs; Ray Lucas,dms. Add on -9877: prob. Melvin Lastie or Ernie Royal,tpt; poss. Willie "Bridges" Outerbridge,bars; poss. Robert Asher,tbn.
Atlantic Studios, 11 West 60th Street, New York City January 26, 1966
66C-9877 She´s A Yum Yum -4 2:21 6407, Atlantic (E) 584033, CD 869, G50, RHM
66C-9878 Saturday Night Fish Fry -1 2:32 6407, A(E) 584033, Pioneer LP 6188, CD 869, G50, RHM
Note: "Quicksand" from this session is by King Curtis. Nat "Buster" Wilson listed as bass vcl on a couple of ´60s recordings in some files, but was in fact bass with Cornell Gunter´s Coasters.
In 1959 (after the success of "Charlie Brown") the Coasters had renewed their contract with Atco for a further seven years. Leiber-Stoller had parted with Atlantic/Atco in 1963. In 1966 Jerry & Mike took the Coasters to Columbia, where Lester Sill gave Leiber-Stoller control of the group for the subsidiary label Date.
Mike Stoller,arr/dir/poss. pno; James Booker,pno/elpno/org; Ernie Royal and Melvin Lastie,tpts; Bennie Powell,tbn; Thomas Palmer,gtr, George Devens,vbs/perc; Jesse "Preacher" Fairman,bs; Charles Joseph "Honeyman" Otis,dms. Phil Ramone,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
A&R Studios, New York City November 18, 1966
CO-96542 ZSP 117950 Soul Pad -1 (Carroll, second lead) (K-14182) 2:36 Date 1552, CBS(E) 2749, King LP 1146, King 6404, RCD, VV
CO-96543 ZSP 117951 Down Home Girl -1 (K-14181) 3:09 Date 1552, CBS(E) 2749, King LP 1146, ALP 2-4003, RCD, VV
Note: ZSP masters numbers used on Date single. King single 6404 issued as by COASTERS (no The).
unknown accomp. Leiber-Stoller,prod.
Prob. Columbia Recording Studios, New York City June 28, 1967 (edited July 19, 1967)
CO-93388 Everybody´s Woman unissued prob. demo
CO-93389 Teeny Bopper unissued prob. demo
Note: Fernando L. Gonzalez lists the two above in his third edition of Disco-File.
Artie Butler,arr/dir/pno/prob.org; Mike Stoller,prob. tackpno; Ernie Royal,tpt; Mark Markowitz,tpt; Mickey Gravine,tbn; Artie Kaplan,bars; Artie Ryerson,bjo; Eric Gale,gtr; Chuck Rainey,bs; Bernard Purdie,dms; George Devens,perc/bells. Poss. Dave Palmer,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod.
Columbia Recording Studios, New York City October 30, 1967 (prob. edited November 6)
CO-98087 She Can / Talkin´ ´Bout A Woman (joint leads) ZSP 137279 (K-13960) 2:47 Date 1607, Direction(E) 58-3701, King LP 1146, King 6389, Stateside(E) 2201, VV
CO-98088 Mohair Sam -4 (K-14180) 2:28 King LP 1146, VV
CO-98089 Everybody´s Woman -3 ZSP 137280 (K-14183) 2:12 Date 1607, Direction(E) 58-3701, Date 1617, King LP 1146, VV
October 31, 1967 (edited January 4, 1968)
CO-98086 D. W. Washburn -1 (Gardner, second lead) ZSP 138113 (K-13954) 3:04 Date 1617, King 6385, Parlophone(E) 5391, King LP 1146, London(E) 10437, King 6404, ALP 2-4003, RCD, LECD, VV
Note: ZSP master numbers on Date singles. CO-98088 poss. edited January 4, 1968.
Jerry Leiber,lead vcl-7; Mike Stoller,pno/tackpno-7; Charlie Macey,bjo; poss. Thomas Palmer,gtr; Jesse "Preacher" Fairman,bs; Gary Chester,dms. Add brass, poss. as above, on all tracks except -7. Charlie Cameliere,arr prob. on -6 (and poss. on more tracks). Will Jones probably not present. Taco Meza,flute-5 (dubbed in 1971); Back-up girlvcls-6 (dubbed). Leiber-Stoller,prod.
Bell Sound Studios, New York City February 13/14, 1968 (edited late 1971)
CO-96663 Shake ´Em Up And Let ´Em Roll -7 2:29 RCD 71090
CO-96664 Love Potion Number Nine -5 K-13953 2:41 King 6385, Parlophone(E) 5391, King LP 1146, London(E) 10437, ALP 2-4003, LECD, VV
CO-96665 Down At Papa Joe´s -4,6 (K-14184) 2:15 King LP 1146, G50, VV
CO-96666 Personality unissued
Note: K-13953 advertised as "Love Potion #9", but single 6385 issued on King as by COASTERS (no The) "Love Potion Number Nine". Tracks above recorded for Columbia by Leiber-Stoller. "She Can", subtitled (Based on "I Am A Woman"), titled "Talkin´ ´Bout A Woman" on King 6389, Stateside and LP. "Mohair Sam", titled "Mohaired Sam" on Canadian DeLuxe CD 1306, is approx. dated (see also note after King session below). All titles on King LP KS1146-498 (full catalogue no., which was in stereo) - together with Billy Guy´s tracks for Gusto/Power Pak (see "Fake Coasters Recordings") - reissued 1987 on Highland/DeLuxe LP DLX-7786, and CD DCD-7786, titled "20 Greatest Hits". Date Records was a subsidiary of CBS, where Lester Sill was one of the presidents. Date 1617 was held back for issue in favor of the Monkees´ pop version for Colgems. The King LP reissued with chronological track order on VareseVintage CD, titled "Down Home" in August, 2007.
CO-96665 titled "Down at Poppa Joe´s" on album sleeve and on reissue Highland/DeLuxe LP/CD 7786, "Down At Pappa Joe´s" on Canadian DeLuxe CD and "(Down At) Papa Joe´s" on the English London LP (as on the Gusto TeeVee reissue of the Highland CD; and on Varese). K-13953 titled "Love Potion No. 9" and "...# 9" on some later issues. K-master nos. used on King singles. The English Parlophone single was reissued on London 10437 as a follow-up to the LP. The three King titles on Atlantic LP 2-4003 are not on corresponding Warner CD 27604-2. CO 96663 issued on Rhino CD with added credits "with Jerry Leiber". This title was also recorded by Earl Richard (United Artists) in 1968. LECD is the British Wisepack "Legends" LECD 076, mostly containing fake Coasters titles plus bootleg Atco tracks. (see "Fake Coasters albums").
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Billy Guy, baritone/lead-1; Earl "Speedo" Carroll, tenor/lead-3; Ronald "Ronnie" Bright, bass/lead-2. (Sung in unison -4)
Thomas Palmer,gtr; organ and rhythm accomp. Bootleg "private" live recordings. Unknown mastering.
The Boston Tea Party Room, Boston 1969
Intro and Walk Right In 1:04 Time Machine CD 1001
Yakety Yak 1:28 -
Searchin´ -1 5.10 -
Poison Ivy 2:16 -
Youngblood (sic) 2:31 -
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart -2 (Carroll, second lead) 3:55 -
Little Egypt -1 3:12 -
Charlie Brown 2:20 -
Speedo´s Back In Town -3 2:34 -
Along Came Jones 7:02 -
Note: Time Machine Records CD issued in 2001 in Massachusetts (poss. with the help of Walter De Venne). The CD has eleven tracks - track #4, titled "T´ain´t Nothin´ To Me", is actually the master 63C-7401 4:19 from the 1963 live Apollo recording - "Speedo´s Back In Town", though, is a completely new recording. The ten tracks above available only on the Time Machine CD, and sound completely different to the 1973 recordings from Boston (see below).
Jerry Thomas,arr/dir; prob. Thomas Palmer,gtr; and unknown orchestration (brass, reeds, strings-5, rhythm). Jimmy Norman,poss.extra vcl. Jimmy Norman, Lloyd Price and Arthur Jenkins,prod. Edited at Lloyd Price´s Turntable Club, Broadway, New York City.
Jimmy Norman´s "Jamaica Studios", New York City 1969
T-1000A Act Right -1,5 3:10 Turntable 504
T-1000B The World Is Changing -3 2:37 Turntable 504
Marty Sheller,arr; Larry Harlow,dir; Mike Stoller,poss.pno; Taco Meza,flute; prob. Thomas Palmer,gtr; unknown sec.gtr; and unknown orchestration (poss. similar to Date/Columbia recordings above). Carl Gardner, solo vocal -6. Dave Palmer,eng; Leiber-Stoller,prod. Mixed/edited at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, late 1971.
(Starday) Studios, New York City Autumn, 1971
K-13959 Cool Jerk 2:56 King LP 1146, King 6389, Stateside(E) 2201, VV
K-14176 Good Lovin´ (only instrumental track exists, unissued)
K-14177 Mustang Sally -1 3:38 King LP 1146, VV
K-14178 On Broadway 2:30 King LP 1146, G50, VV
K-14179 The In Crowd -6 2:55 King LP 1146, VV
Note: In the autumn of 1971 Leiber and Stoller purchased and remastered all Date/Columbia tracks. They overdubbed and edited some tracks from the 1968 session, produced the new recordings above, and reissued all Date singles (with K-master numbers used) on King/Starday, newly bought up by Leiber, Stoller, Freddy Bienstock, and company-president Hal Neely. Taco Meza, flute dubbed on K-13953 (prob. also Ronnie Bright,vcl). 2:56 titled "The ´In´ Crowd" on London(E) LP and Highland reissues. Varese Sarabande / Varese Vintage CD 302066844-2, titled "Down Home" issued 2007, comprises all the tracsk from "On Broadway".
The Bobby Comstock Band. Larry Cox and Mick Lietz,editors. Richard Nader,prod.Mixed at Wally Heider Recordings, Los Angeles.
Madison Square Garden, New York City 1972
Intro 0:20 Bell LP 9002, Bell(E) LP 2631002
Poison Ivy -4 2:02 - -
Charlie Brown -4 2:15 - -
Documentary 2:14 - -
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Jimmy Norman, baritone/lead-1; Earl "Speedo" Carroll, tenor/lead-3; Ronald "Ronnie" Bright, bass/lead-2. (Sung in unison -4)
Thomas Palmer,gtr; and unknown accomp. incl. ts, pno, bs, dms.
Unknown studios, Rahway, New Jersey c:a 1973
Down In Mexico 3:30 Trip LP TOP 16-7, TVP LP 1002, Masters ITC 1127-CD, Platinum Pop CD 1504, Laserlight CD 21863, HIP CD 90112 (also see note below)
Young Blood 2:13 issues as above
Love Potion #9 2:48 -
Charlie Brown -4 2:20 -
Yackety-Yak -4 (sic) 1:53 -
Run Red Run -1 2:53 -
Searchin´ -1 3:14 -
Little Egypt -1 3:28 -
Poison Ivy -4 2:51 -
Along Came Jones -4 2:54 -
Note: "Yackety-Yak" titled "Yakety Yak" or "Yakity Yak" on CD issues (sometimes also "Yakity-Yak"), The ten tracks above are the only ones featured on the Master Intercontinental 1127-CD (which is the best buy). Remaining six tracks on Trip LP are Billy Guy Double-L recordings for Lloyd Price of 1962, reissued from Guy´s "Coasters"-LP (see "Fake Coasters Recordings"). All tracks above (plus six Guy Double-L tracks and Guy´s "One Foot Draggin´" of 1977) reissued on British MasterTone CD Abracadabra AB 3119 (titled "Yakety Yak 17 Classic Tracks" in 1997). 1:53 titled "Yakety Yak" and 2:48 "Love Potion No.9" on MasterTone CD. U.S. Mastertone CD 8338, titled "Yakety Yak" excludes "Searchin´" and "Along Came Jones" but includes "Jumbo Bwana" of 1977. The three first Gardner Coasters titles on the U.S. issue are re-edited fake live (YY, CB, PI). 1:53 titled "Yakity-Yak" and 2:48 "Love Potion Number 9" on TVP LP 1002, which is a 2-set album titled "The Drifters meet The Coasters" including five of the Guy-recordings plus 15 recordings by Charlie Thomas´ Drifters of the ´70s, reissued on Dominion (US/Canada) CD 614-2 in 1987. Platinum Pop CD, titled "Best of Series presents The Coasters" has the ten Gardner tracks plus "As Quiet As It´s Kept", "It Don´t Take Much" and "It Ain´t Sanitary" from Guy´s session. Bam CD 036 titled "Young Blood" with twelve tracks (doesn´t include "Along Came Jones" but features "One Foot Draggin´" from Guy´s Power Pak recordings of 1977, and two titles from Guy´s Double-L session - "Humdinger" and "As Quiet As It´s Kept"). The British Prism Leisure PLAT CD titled "The Golden Greats of The Coasters - Yakety Yak" features eleven tracks - including 8 of the above (excluding "Young Blood" and "Love Potion #9") plus three Guy titles - "As Quiet As It´s Kept", "It Don´t Take Much" and "Whip It One Me Baby". Kingfisher/Ichiban CD KF6 0024-2 is an issue of 1997, titled "Poison Ivy" and has the same eleven tracks. During later years the ten tracks above have appeared on several more reissues in different packages (check all the CD issues containing tracks from this session).
Thomas Palmer,gtr; unkn. organ and rhythm accomp. Bootleg live recordings by Ron Bartolucci. Mastering by Little Walter De Venne.
The Boston Tea Party, Boston c:a 1973 (or later)
Poison Ivy (Norman, second lead) 2:36 New Rose CD 5110
Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart -2 (Norman, second lead) 3:37 CD 5110
Charlie Brown (encore) -4 2:20 CD 5110
Love Potion No. 9 5:38 CD 5110
Note: New Rose French CD also known as Fan Club CD 110. Despite that CD giving 1969 as recording date, these bootleg recordings date from, at the earliest, 1972, probably even later - and are definately from a later session than the tracks on Time Machine (see 1969). Jimmy Norman definitely present here with Gardner, Bright and a dooawing Carroll. The group is presented as "Carl Gardner and the Coasters" by the MC. That CD also contains Cornell Gunter´s Coasters (as "featuring Cornell Gunther") - see Fake Coasters Recordings, with lesser sound quality than the above listed good sounding live performances. The three songs with the same titles as on the 1969 "Tea Party" recordings have a complete different approach by the group on these c:a 1973 recordings.
CARL GARDNER & THE COASTERS
Unknown accomp featuring hca, brass, reeds, rhythm. Wilson Pickett,supervisor; Thomas "Curley" Palmer, prod/arr/gtr
New York City 1976
2:56 Hush Don´t Talk About It Wicked 8103, G50
2:49 The World Keeps On Turning -3 -
Note: Both songs written by the five Coasters (Norman, Bright, Gardner, Carroll, Palmer) and published on Jimmy Norman´s "There Music Company", BMI. Record issued as "Carl Gardner & The Coasters". "Hush Don't Talk About It" also known as "The Inflation Song" and issued as "Hush" on Jimmy Norman's LP "Home" in 1987; listed as "Hush (The Inflation Song)" on G50.
"Southside" Johnny Lyon,hca; and the Asbury Jukes band.
Don Meehan,eng; "Sugar Miami" (Little Steven) Steve Van Zandt,prod.
CBS Recording Studio, New York City 1977
Check Mr. Popeye -2 3:54 Epic LP PE-34668, Epic(E) LP 81909, G50
After 1977, Carl Gardner´s Coasters continued to tour the revival circuit on and off. Earl Carroll left about 1980, to revive his old Cadillacs. Gardners´ Coasters did not record again until the late ´80s, after Gardner had met his come-to-be wife Veta Gardner, who did great promotional work in order to re-establish the group.
CARL GARDNER & THE COASTERS
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; Jimmy Norman, baritone/lead -1; Ronnie Bright, bass; Thomas "Curley" Palmer,guitar.
with The Rockin´ Robin Band, incl. ts, pno, sec. gtr, synth, bs, dms. A Rock ´N´ Roll Palace Presentation (with Wolfman Jack as MC).
"Little Darlin´s", Orlando, Florida 1988
Rock ´N´ Roll (aka That Is Rock And Roll on DVD) 2:17 Prism Leisure (E) PLAT CD 343
Yakety Yak -4 1:55 Prism Leisure (E) PLAT CD 343, Music Silver (H) CD 3830642
Young Blood 2:57 as above
Poison Ivy 2:40 Prism Leisure PLAT CD 343
Little Egypt -1 4:14 as above, Wisepack (E) CD LECD 076, G50
Charlie Brown -4 3:32 CD 343, CD 3830642, CD 3830652
Note: All titles above also issued on Javelin (E) HADCD 155 "The Coasters & More - 20 All Time Greats" featuring different live artists. Prism Leísure is an English label licensed from Henry Hadaway Organization (Platinum Music, U.S.). CD (also issued on Cassette and Video) titled "Rock ´N´ Roll Legends - The Vocal Groups" also containing other live performances by Diamonds, Platters, Contours, Tokens and Jive Five. Music Silver is a Dutch 5CD-box titled "Rock ´n´ Roll Palace". The Wisepack CD issued 1994, titled "Legends" (licensed from HHO), also contains 10 Atco hits plus "D W Washburn" and "Love Potion #9" from King, Billy Guy´s "One Foot Draggin´" from Gusto, and 8 Guy tracks from Double-L /Trip (see "Fake Coasters Recordings").
All six tracks above issued on DVD K-Tel 7570-9 - titled "The Best of The Coasters - Live from Rock 'n' Roll Palace".
THE COASTERS featuring original Lead Singer Carl Gardner
with unknown accomp. incl. ts, pno, sec. gtr, synth, bs, dms. A Park Avenue Production prod. by Michael Jurina and Veta Gardner. Re-editings of the Rock `N´ Roll Palace recordings from 1988 (with some introductional lines plus some endings omitted).
Orlando, Florida Edited in 1992
Baby That´s Rock And Roll 2:07 NQD-8743
Yakety Yak 1:52 -
Charlie Brown 3:28 -
Young Blood 2:31 -
Down In Mexico 4:16 - plus G50
Little Egypt 3:12 -
Frosty The Snowman 3:20 - plus NST264
Note: NQD is a cassette album issued by Park Avenue Productions, Inc in 1992, titled "The Best Of The Coasters - Featuring Original Lead Singer Carl Gardner - Live In Concert". These titles were probably reissued in 1994 on CD (and may include "Poison Ivy" from previous session) and later advertised on Gardner´s Rombox.com Internet site. "Frosty..." probably recorded in a Florida studio. 2:07 and "Rock ´n´ Roll" from Prism Leisure (same take with intro omitted on NQD) is of course "That Is Rock & Roll". NST 264 is a British CD titled "Searchin´" (19 tracks) which also has the ten Gardner Trip tracks plus six Guy 1962 and "One Foot Draggin'".
Around April, 1996 Carl Gardner, who recently had recovered from cancer, entered a recording studio in Orlando (or poss. Port St. Lucie), Florida and fulfilled a life-long dream. His new recordings were accompanied by a band led by Michael Franklin. The titles included new interpretions of material originally done by Roy Brown, Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, the Orioles, Percy Mayfield and others. A CD was issued late 1996 titled "One Cool Cat" on Cee Vee Records 6552CD (including Gardner´s four titles from the "One By One" LP, "Just Like A Fool" of 1955, plus nine new-recorded Gardner solo titles). There is also one video with Carl Gardner doing "Young Blood", "Stormy Monday" and "Merry Christmas Baby".
In late 1997 Jimmy Norman quit the Coasters for health reasons and turned producer and reggae artist. In early 1998 the Coasters once again became a full quartet plus guitarist as Gardner´s son joined.
The present line-up: Gardner, Bright, Palmer; plus new-comers Carl Gardner, Jr (baritone) - substitited by J. W. Lance from July, 2001; and Alvin Morse (tenor).
Carl Gardner, lead/tenor; J.W. Lance, baritone; Alvin Morse, baritone/lead -1; Ronnie Bright, bass/lead-2; Thomas "Curley" Palmer,guitar.
with unknown accomp. incl. brass, horns and rhythm.
"The Palace of Auburn Hills", Detroit, Michigan, December 26, 2001
Baby That´s Rock & Roll - Classic World DVD 1372
Poison Ivy - 1
Zing Went The Strings of My Heart -2
I´m A Hog For You
Little Egypt -1
Smokey Joe´s Cafe
Note: DVD titled "The Coasters - Live from The Palace of Auburn Hills".
Note: In July 2005 Carl Gardner Sr and Carl Gardner Jr recorded "Beautiful Day" - (included on G50) - and in October the two recorded "Free Soul".
Discography compiled by Claus Röhnisch, June 6, 2009
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