The Coasters formed in 1955 and a version of the group remains active on the oldies circuit down to the present day.
Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Bobby Nunn, and Leon Hughes were the original members but Hughes and Nunn were quickly replaced by Will Jones and Cornel Gunter and it was they plus Gardner and Guy who were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of fame in 1987.
They only had one number one single although they came very close to a second as “Charlie Brown” reached number two for three weeks in 1959.
“Yakety Yak” topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Top 100 Chart for the week of July 21, 1958. It featured the sax work of King Curtis. It remains one of the signature songs of the pre-Beatles rock and roll era.