The bass-baritone whose plaintive "Why is everybody always picking on me?" became a signature phrase of the 1950s, has died in his Los Angeles home
Bobby Nunn, one of the original four Coasters when that rock 'n' roll vocal group was formed in 1955, was 61 and suffered a massive heart attack Wednesday night, said Tony Ruiz on Friday. Ruiz is a member of one of the Coasters groups now touring amid the 1950s nostalgia craze.
With Carl Gardner, Leon Hughes, Billy Guy and Nunn, The Coasters recorded a series of comic doo-wop hits that kept them at the top of the popular music charts for nearly 15 years.
Offshoot of Robins
The group began as an offshoot of the Robins, a Los Angeles-based quartet sponsored by producer Johnny Otis. The Robins' best known hit probably was "Double Crossing Blues" with Little Esther Philips. They also did well on the West Coast with "Riot in Cell Block No. 9" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe."