Sunday, September 15, 2013

Record #0499: Charlie Brown / Three Cool Cats – THE COASTERS

Atco 6132 (original) USA, Jan. 19, 1959
Words & Music bySide AJerry Leiber, Mike Stoller; Side B – Leiber, Stoller
Musicians: Carl Gardner (tenor, co-lead on side A, lead on side B), Billy Guy (baritone), Will "Dub" Jones (bass vocals), Cornel Gunter (tenor, co-lead on side A), Adolph Jacobs (guitar), Don Arnone (guitar on side A), Clifton Best (guitar on side B), Allan Hanlon (guitar on side B), Milt Hinton (bass on side A), Lloyd Trotman (bass on side B), King Curtis (tenor sax), Mike Stoller (piano), Belton Evans (drums on side A), Joe Marshall (drums on side B), Francisco Pozo (bongos on side B)
Recording sessions: Produced by Leiber & Stoller in New York, NY, Side A - Dec. 11; Side B - Mar. 17, 1958
Highest chart positions:  US #2, US R&B #2, UK #6

This was a very nice follow-up for The Coasters' previous charting single "Yakety Yak" (US #1, US R&B #1, UK #12). They did have one non-charting release ("The Shadow Knows") in between, though.

The flip was recorded in the group's first New York session, where they also recorded both sides of single "Yakety Yak" and "Stewball", which was the flip-side of a 1960 release "Wake Me, Shake Me".

The Beatles (with Pete Best on drums) covered "Three Cool Cats" when they auditioned for Decca UK on Jan. 1, 1962.

List price:  Very Good+ is $12.50, Near Mint is $25. Stereo copies are $60 for NM.

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