The Coasters Booking Agent – Cape Entertainment Agency
Music booking agents for original recording artist The Coasters.
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The Coasters

"Those Hoodlum Friends" - "The Clown Princes of Rock ´N´ Roll", The Coasters were the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. They have appeared in 6 major movies and have amassed over 100 million record sales in their career.

The foursome was created in October, 1955 from the nucleus of the Los Angeles, California based vocal sextet "the Robins". It was the young producing-composing team of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, who with manager-salesman, Lester Sill, persuaded Bobby Nunn and Carl Gardner, to leave that group and launch the Coasters. Gardner is still the Coasters´ spokesman and lead singer today.

Attracted by the success of SMOKEY JOE´S CAFE with Gardner on lead vocal, Atlantic Records signed an independent producer-composer contract with Leiber & Stoller. Two hand-chosen Californians, Billy Guy and Leon Hughes, completed the original Coasters line-up. They were contracted to Atlantic´s new subsidiary Atco Records.

Through the Coasters, Leiber-Stoller launched some of the most entertaining songs of the ´50s. The first Coasters´ recording was DOWN IN MEXICO from January 11, 1956. The record became a "sleeper" R&B hit - followed by the minor Pop hit, ONE KISS LED TO ANOTHER. The group now hit the road for national promotion and produced R&B´s most famous double-sided smash in 1957. YOUNG BLOOD (the original A-side) was an R&B Juke Box No. 1 hit, and a No. 2 hit on the R&B Disc Jockey chart, while the flip side, SEARCHIN´, which occupied the No. 1 spot on the R&B Best Seller chart for thirteen weeks, and lasted No. 1 on the R&B Disc Jockey chart for seven weeks. Both titles also became national Pop Top Ten hits, staying on the charts for half a year.

After three less successful releases, the Coasters reformed and moved from the West Coast to New York. Bobby Nunn and Leon Hughes stayed in California, where Nunn later launched his own "The Coasters, Mark II". Nunn died of heart failure on November 5, 1986 in Los Angeles. His group, now led by Billy Richards Jr, continued to tour as "Billy Richards´ Coasters". Hughes also started his own Coasters tribute group - "The Original Coasters".

Tenor, Cornell Gunter and bass, Will "Dub" Jones, replaced Hughes and Nunn, and in 1959, The Coasters rattled off a string of hits that included YAKETY YAK (a No. 1 Pop hit in 1958), CHARLIE BROWN and ALONG CAME JONES (1959) and the double-sider POISON IVY b/w I´M A HOG FOR YOU. The classic Coasters had a fifth member in guitarist Adolph Jacobs from Oakland, California, who was succeeded by a Coasters´ employee, Sonny Forriest, on WHAT ABOUT US, which was the last single of the highly successful year of 1959.

The productions of the Coasters´ Atco recordings were far superior to any contemporary group efforts (using the best musicians available, especially King Curtis´ sax breaks) with the lyrics neatly deriding aspects of teenage and/or black ghetto life. The group also worked out hilarious stage routines and became the most professional act in late ´50s Rhythm & Blues and early ´60s International Pop.

In 1960, the Coasters had a few more minor hits with WAKE ME, SHAKE ME and SHOPPIN´ FOR CLOTHES. In 1961 they hit with WAIT A MINUTE (recorded in 1957). After the group´s last U.S. Pop Top 30 hit entry, LITTLE EGYPT, Cornell Gunter left the group in June, 1961. He formed his own "Fabulous Coasters" a couple of years later. Gunter died in his car by a gun shot from an unknown in Las Vegas on January 26, 1990.

Leiber-Stoller had left Atco/Atlantic in 1963, and the hits quickly dried up, but the vocal quartet renewed their collaboration with the team in late 1966, recording for the CBS subsidiary Date Records. By this time however, doo-wop music was hopelessly out of style, and despite releasing several new records, The Coasters were unable to repeat their earlier success. The group continued to perform all over U.S. and toured Europe several times. They even made a brief come-back on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart in 1972, with a re-rendition of LOVE POTION NUMBER NINE. By the early ´80s Carroll had left to reform his Cadillacs, and Guy and Jones sporadically acted with a special "World Famous Coasters" in California. In the late ´90s yet another fake Coasters, "Billy Guy´s Coasters", emerged on the scene, semi-coached by Billy Guy

In 1987 the Coasters, Gardner, Guy, Jones, and Gunter (the line-up that made the hits) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - the first vocal group receiving that honor.

All of the early members have launched their off-shot Coasters´ recording groups during later years. Billy Guy has issued records as Billy Guy & The Coasters, and there were/are Bobby Nunn´s Coasters, Mark II - nowadays touring as Billy Richards´ (West) Coasters; Leon Hughes´ Original Coasters; Cornell Gunter´s Fabulous Coasters (still acting with fake members as Cornell Gunter´s Coasters Inc). There also was Will Jones´ World Famous Coasters (which often featured Billy Guy, who later semi-coached Larry Marshak´s group, which nowadays tours as Cornell Gunter´s Coasters with Shirley Gunter as mentor).

The Coaster's Top Ten Hits
1957 POISON IVY #7
1958 YAKETY YAK #1


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50s & 60s

? and The Mysterians - The 5th Dimension - The Association - Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers - Billy J Kramer - B. J. Thomas - Bobby Rydell - Brenda Lee - Brian Hyland - Cathy Jean and The Roommates - The Capris - The Chiffons - Chris Montez - Chubby Checker - The Classics - The Coasters
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Dion DiMucci - The Drifters - The Duprees - Larry Chance and The Earls - Eddie Holman - Eric Burdon & The Animals - Fabian
Terry Johnson's Flamingos - The Four Tops - Frankie Avalon - La La Brooks lead singer of The Crystals - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Freddy Cannon -
1910 Fruitgum Company
- Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Gary "US" Bonds - Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler - The Happenings
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone - Terry Sylverter of The Hollies - Jay & The Americans
Jay Black (The Voice) - Jerry Butler - Jimmy Clanton - Johnny of Santo & Johnny - Johnny Rivers - Johnny Tillotson
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Jr. Walker's Allstar Band - Kathy Young - Kenny Vance & The Planotones - Little Anthony & The Imperials - Little Peggy March
Mark Lindsay Former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Merrilee Rush - The Mystics - Lenny Welch - Little Richard - Lou Christie - The Lovin Spoonful - The Marcels - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - The Marvelettes - Mary Wilson of The Supremes - Mel Carter - Mitch Ryder - Motortown All-Stars - The Orlons - Paul and Paula - Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals - Randy & The Rainbows - Ron Dante of The Archies - The Reflections - Sam Moore of Sam & Dave
Sam the Sham - The Shadows of Knight - The Shirelles - Shirley Alston Reeves Original lead singer of The Shirelles - Smokey Robinson / The Miracles - The Tokens - Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy Roe - The Turtles - The Tymes - The Vogues

70s & 80s

Air Supply - Ambrosia - America - Anita Ward - A Taste of Honey - Bowzer (formerly of Sha Na Na) - The Chi-lites - Chuck Negron, Formerly of Three Dog Night
The Delfonics - Dionne Warwick - Don McLean - The Dramatics - Dr. Elmo - Evelyn "Champagne" King - Foreigner - Freda Payne - Gloria Gaynor
Journey - J.T. Taylor - Kool and the Gang - KC & The Sunshine Band - Kool and the Gang - The Manhattans - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr - Martha Wash
Marty Balin - Maxine Nightingale - Melanie - O’Jays - Patti LaBelle - Peaches & Herb - Peter Frampton - Poco’s Paul Cotton - The Pointer Sisters - Sister Sledge
The Spinners - The Stylistics - Styx - Suzi Quatro - Tavares - Thelma Houston - Three Dog Night - Tony Orlando - The Trammps - Village People - War

The Coasters Booking Agent – Cape Entertainment Agency
Music booking agents for original recording artist The Coasters.
Book The Coasters and other top celebrity talent from Doo Wop, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and disco.

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