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The Coasters

The Coasters

Male R&B Quintet .

From 1956 to 1961, the Coasters released a string of classic singles that reflected the life of the American teenager with keen wit and hot, rocking harmonies. Invariably those songs were written, produced and arranged by the duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The union of a black vocal group with two Jewish songwriters was one of the most propitious in rock history. Leiber and Stoller's witty, street-smart "playlets" were sung with sly, clowning humor by the Coasters and accompanied by the hot, honking "yakety sax" of King Curtis. The Coasters' parlayed their R&B roots into rock and roll hits by delivering Leiber and Stoller's serio-comic tunes in an uptempo doo-wop style. Beneath the humor the songs often made incisive points about American culture for those willing to dig a little deeper.

Leiber has described the Coasters' style as "a white kid's view of a black person's conception of white society." In fact, their success showed how thin was the line between rhythm & blues and rock and roll in the Fifties. "Our songs...were R&B hits that white kids were attracted to," Leiber said in a 1992 interview. "And if people bought it, it became rock and roll."

The Coasters placed fourteen songs on the R&B charts, eight of which crossed over to the pop Top Forty. From 1957 to 1959 the Coasters unleashed a half dozen singles that dominated the charts in one of the most formidable runs of the rock and roll era: "Searchin' (#1 R&B, #3 pop), "Young Blood" (#2 R&B, #8 pop), "Yakety Yak" (#1 R&B, #1 pop), "Charlie Brown" (#2 R&B, #2 pop), "Along Came Jones" (#14 R&B, #9 pop) and "Poison Ivy" (#1 R&B, #1 pop). Leiber and Stoller remarked that the Coasters "were fun to work with, they were fun to be with. They were a great bunch of clowns and they made our songs sing." It was such a potent combination of writing and performing talent that beyond the Coasters' well-known hits lies a wealth of lesser known but equally fascinating treasures, such as "That Is Rock and Roll," "Shopping for Clothes," "Run Red Run," "What About Us" and "Idol with the Golden Head."


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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The Coasters : Very Best Of Coasters : 00  1 CD : 71597

The Coasters : Very Best Of Coasters

The Coasters are an American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group who had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Beginning with "Searchin'" and "Young Blood", their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and producing team of Leiber and Stoller.(1) Although the Coasters originated outside of mainstream doo-wop, their records were so frequently imitated that they became an important part of the doo-wop legacy through the 1960s.

Songlist: Riot In Cell Block, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Down In Mexico, Searchin' , Idol With The Golden Head, Young Blood, Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy, Little Egypt (Ying-Yang), Shoppin' For Clothes, That Is Rock & Roll, I'm A Hog For You, What About Us, Run Red Run

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8297c | 1 CD | $9.95


Kirby Shaw : Besame Mucho : Showtrax CD : 073999416367 : 08741636

Kirby Shaw : Besame Mucho

Start a quiet fire with this mellow Latin jazz chart. Lush harmonies and fluid melodic lines are featured to create a great change of pace for any concert. English and Spanish lyrics included. Available: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:30.

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4167p | Showtrax CD | $19.95


Paris Rutherford :  : Showtrax CD : 888680038694 : 00139724

Paris Rutherford : Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)

Hot horns and vocals make this Latin standard into an incredible feature for jazz and show choirs. Opportunities for solos and great instrumentals make this chart easy to learn and fun to sing for all types of programming.

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4163p | Showtrax CD | $26.95


Roger Emerson : Poison Ivy : Showtrax CD : 073999937145 : 08551786

Roger Emerson : Poison Ivy

You're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion... This Discovery arrangement for men uses limited ranges great for developing choirs. Add some choreography and feature your men in your next concert!Available separately: TB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:30.

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2312p | Showtrax CD | $22.95


Individual Folios

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 : SATB : Kirby Shaw : The Coasters : Showtrax CD : 08741632 : 073999897821

Kirby Shaw : Bésame Mucho

Start a quiet fire with this mellow Latin jazz chart. Lush harmonies and fluid melodic lines are featured to create a great change of pace for any concert. English and Spanish lyrics included. Available: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:30. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: The Coasters | Country: Latin America

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08741632 | Showtrax CD Available


 : SSA : Kirby Shaw : The Coasters : Sheet Music : 08741634 : 073999416343

Kirby Shaw : Bésame Mucho

Start a quiet fire with this mellow Latin jazz chart. Lush harmonies and fluid melodic lines are featured to create a great change of pace for any concert. English and Spanish lyrics included. Available: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:30.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: The Coasters | Country: Latin America

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08741634 | Showtrax CD Available


 : SATB : Paris Rutherford : The Coasters : Sheet Music : 00139722 : 888680038670

Paris Rutherford : Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)

Hot horns and vocals make this Latin standard into an incredible feature for jazz and show choirs. Opportunities for solos and great instrumentals make this chart easy to learn and fun to sing for all types of programming.

Arranger: Paris Rutherford Performed By: The Coasters | Country: Latin America

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00139722 | Showtrax CD Available


Poison Ivy : TBB : Kirby Shaw : Jerry Leiber : The Coasters : Sheet Music : 08200823 : 073999008234

Kirby Shaw : Poison Ivy

The 1959 hit by the Coasters in a fun pop arrangement for guys! Available: TBB, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:05.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Performed By: The Coasters

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200823


Poison Ivy : TB : Roger Emerson : Jerry Leiber : The Coasters : Sheet Music : 08551783 : 073999188288

Roger Emerson : Poison Ivy

You're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion... This Discovery arrangement for men uses limited ranges great for developing choirs. Add some choreography and feature your men in your next concert!Available separately: TB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:30.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Performed By: The Coasters

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551783 | Showtrax CD Available

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