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October 30, 1988 | STEVE HOCHMAN
It's the summer of 1960. Songwriter Marv Rosenberg is 18, lead vocalist Jimmy Stephens is 20. As key members of the Los Angeles-based vocal group the Safaris, the two are riding high: The group's ballad "Image of a Girl" sits at No. 6 on the Billboard chart. The future looks quite rosy. At the same time, Leon Hughes, a founding member of the Coasters, is 30--well past the teen-rock prime.
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June 14, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Carl Gardner, a founding member and lead singer of the Coasters, the renowned R&B vocal group whose memorably amusing hits included "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy," has died. He was 83. Gardner, who had been battling congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease, died Sunday in hospice care in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said his wife, Veta. The Texas-born Gardner was lead tenor vocalist for the Los Angeles-based R&B vocal group the Robins before he and fellow Robins member Bobby Nunn teamed with Billy Guy and Leon Hughes —along with guitarist Adolph Jacobs — to form the Coasters in 1955.
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June 14, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Carl Gardner, a founding member and lead singer of the Coasters, the renowned R&B vocal group whose memorably amusing hits included "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy," has died. He was 83. Gardner, who had been battling congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease, died Sunday in hospice care in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said his wife, Veta. The Texas-born Gardner was lead tenor vocalist for the Los Angeles-based R&B vocal group the Robins before he and fellow Robins member Bobby Nunn teamed with Billy Guy and Leon Hughes —along with guitarist Adolph Jacobs — to form the Coasters in 1955.
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October 30, 1988 | STEVE HOCHMAN
It's the summer of 1960. Songwriter Marv Rosenberg is 18, lead vocalist Jimmy Stephens is 20. As key members of the Los Angeles-based vocal group the Safaris, the two are riding high: The group's ballad "Image of a Girl" sits at No. 6 on the Billboard chart. The future looks quite rosy. At the same time, Leon Hughes, a founding member of the Coasters, is 30--well past the teen-rock prime.
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November 8, 1986
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.
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September 20, 1986
1. Parthenon 2. Parker 3. International I 4. International II 5. Totem Pole 6. Triforium 7. Star Fountain 8. Main 9. Terrace 10. Step 11. Forum 12. Spring 13. Times Plaza 14. Broadway East 15. Broadway West 16. Rock 'n' Roll 17. Flag Court 18. Parade Stand 19. Command Post SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS, SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 1986 10:30 a.m. 2 Whitney Family 4 Dorothy Smith & Inner Fire 11:00 a.m.
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December 1, 1985 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, Times Staff Writer
With mournful rhythm and a lot of blues, the musical community of Los Angeles gathered Saturday for a tuneful farewell to Big Joe Turner, the "grandfather of rock 'n' roll." Turner, who died last Sunday of a heart attack at 74, "was a big man with a big voice that was as smooth as silk," said Rev. Dennis Woods, a former radio disc jockey turned preacher, at Turner's funeral in South Los Angeles.
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February 28, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cornelius (Cornell) Gunter, lead tenor for the Coasters during the glory days of that Los Angeles-based doo-wop rock unit when they recorded such hits as "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown," was shot to death while traveling through North Las Vegas, police said Tuesday.
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December 18, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
The Coasters, the first group to be voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, made some of the most entertaining and imaginative records of the '50s--marvelously funny and often satirical looks at the world, mostly framed through a restless teen perspective. In one of the group's most inspired moments, the age-old debate between parent and teen was reduced to a classic, two-second burst of energy.
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January 13, 2000 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. --Martin Luther King Jr. Aug. 28, 1963 "He's one of the reasons I am who I am today," says actress-activist Donzaleigh Abernathy, the keynote speaker at the Westside Coalition Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. "I never knew anything but love from him.
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June 28, 1989 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
Watching a pay-per-view concert isn't cheap and it's certainly nothing like the real thing, but it may be the only ticket many rock fans can afford. Take, for example, last Wednesday's performance by the Grateful Dead at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. For a "mere" $19.95, scores of San Diego Deadheads caught the show not in person, but on the tube--courtesy of Cox Cable. Sadly, $20 is a bargain, compared to what San Diegans are now paying to see big-name pop acts at local venues such as San Diego State University's Open Air Theatre, where ticket prices are consistently the highest in the nation.
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November 16, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Billy Guy, an original member of the Coasters, the Los Angeles-originated rhythm and blues-based comedy quartet that recorded "Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak" and other hits of the 1950s and early '60s, has died. He was 66. Guy, a baritone who memorably sang the lead on the group's 1957 hit "Searchin' " and was one of the quartet's main comic voices, died of cardiovascular disease Tuesday in his Las Vegas apartment.
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