The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Carl Gardner, lead singer and founding member of the Coasters, passes away at age 83

Tuesday, June 14: 3:45 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
The Coasters

President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Terry Stewart, on the musical legacy of the late Carl Gardner:

Carl Gardner’s unique sound epitomized the legendary lead voices of the vocal groups that were the bedrock of the origins of rock and roll.

From his beginning as the lead of the Robins, to his founding of the Coasters, his expressive, versatile, and compelling voice created a legacy of music that will be played forever.  It is not surprising that the group that gave us “Searchin,’” “Young Blood,” “Down in Mexico,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Charlie Brown,” “Yakety Yak” and thirteen other chart hits was the first vocal group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1987.

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