2000 – Coasters singer Will Jones died aged 71. (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’).
1990 – Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for the Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nev. He is 53. “Yakety Yak,” the group’s only No. 1 hit, was released during Gunter’s four years with the Coasters.
1987 – Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the late Jackie Wilson, the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey […]
1971 – The great King Curtis (“Soul Twist”) is stabbed to death in New York. As well as playing for the Coasters and blowing on his own hits, Curtis led Aretha Franklin’s band the Kingpins.
1959 – The Coasters record “Poison Ivy.” The Leiber/Stoller song later goes to No. 7.
1959 – The BBC bans the Coasters hit “Charlie Brown” due to the use of the word “spitball.” Lyrics: Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum I smell smoke in the auditorium Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown He’s gonna get caught Just you wait and see (Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me) That’s […]
1958 – On American Bandstand‘s first anniversary show, the Coasters perform “Yakety Yak.”
1947 – Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is born in New York. As a solo artist he has four top 20 albums, including “The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get,” which reaches No. 6 on Chart Toppers’s pop album chart. Biography Early life A native of Wichita, Kansas, Walsh and his family lived in Columbus, […]