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The Coasters

1928

Carl Gardner of the Coasters is born in Tyler, Texas.

1928

Will “Dub” Jones of the Coasters is born in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1936

Billy Guy of the Coasters is born in Itasca, Texas.

1938

Cornell Gunter of the Coasters is born in Los Angeles.

1955

Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn of the Robins team up with Leon Hughes and Billy Guy to form the Coasters.

1956

The Coasters release their first single, “Down in Mexico,” which is a #8 R&B hit.

1957

“Searchin’,” by the Coasters, tops the R&B chart for the first of thirteen weeks, while its equally worthy flip side, “Young Blood” goes to #2.

1958

“Yakety Yak,” by the Coasters, tops the singles charts for the first of seven weeks.

1959

“Charlie Brown,” by the Coasters, reaches #2 on the pop and R&B charts.

1959

“Poison Ivy,” by the Coasters, is released. It will top the R&B chart for four weeks and reach #7 on the pop chart.

1961

The Coasters’ last big hit, “Little Egypt” (#16 R&B, #23 pop) is released.

1980

Nathaniel “Buster” Wilson, a later member of the Coasters, disappears from Las Vegas. His dismembered body is later discovered in California.

1986

Bobby Nunn, an early member of the Coasters, dies of a heart attack.

1987

The Coasters are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the second annual induction dinner. Lester Sill is their presenter.

1988

The reunited Coasters perform at Atlantic Records’ fortieth birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1990

Cornell Gunter of the Coasters is shot to death in Las Vegas.

1992

Rhino Records releases 50 Coastin’ Classics, the definitive Coasters retrospective.

1994

The Coasters are presented with the Pioneer Award at the fifth annual Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards in New York.

2000

Will “Dub” Jones of the Coasters dies in Long Beach, California.

2002

Billy Guy of the Coasters dies of natural causes in Las Vegas.

2011

Carl Gardner of the Coasters passes away at age 83.