Carl Gardner of the Coasters is born in Tyler, Texas.
Will “Dub” Jones of the Coasters is born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Billy Guy of the Coasters is born in Itasca, Texas.
Cornell Gunter of the Coasters is born in Los Angeles.
Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn of the Robins team up with Leon Hughes and Billy Guy to form the Coasters.
The Coasters release their first single, “Down in Mexico,” which is a #8 R&B hit.
“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.
“Yakety Yak,” by the Coasters, tops the singles charts for the first of seven weeks.
“Charlie Brown,” by the Coasters, reaches #2 on the pop and R&B charts.
“Poison Ivy,” by the Coasters, is released. It will top the R&B chart for four weeks and reach #7 on the pop chart.
The Coasters’ last big hit, “Little Egypt” (#16 R&B, #23 pop) is released.
Nathaniel “Buster” Wilson, a later member of the Coasters, disappears from Las Vegas. His dismembered body is later discovered in California.
Bobby Nunn, an early member of the Coasters, dies of a heart attack.
The Coasters are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the second annual induction dinner. Lester Sill is their presenter.
The reunited Coasters perform at Atlantic Records’ fortieth birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Cornell Gunter of the Coasters is shot to death in Las Vegas.
Rhino Records releases 50 Coastin’ Classics, the definitive Coasters retrospective.
The Coasters are presented with the Pioneer Award at the fifth annual Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards in New York.
Will “Dub” Jones of the Coasters dies in Long Beach, California.
Billy Guy of the Coasters dies of natural causes in Las Vegas.
Carl Gardner of the Coasters passes away at age 83.