by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Carl Gardner, one of the founding members and the original lead singer of the Coasters, died at the age of 83 in Florida. According to his wife, Veta, Carl died at a Port St. Lucie hospice on Sunday. In the latter part of his life, he had been suffering with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.
The Coasters were founded back in 1955 and had a very eventful and successful music career which included being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Some of their hit songs included: “Searchin,'” “Poison Ivy,” “Young Blood,” and “Yakety Yak.” The last song listed became number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the number one rhythm and blues song for seven weeks.
Being a part of all the fame and fortune of the Coasters did not blemish Gardner’s humble personality, however. Veta says, “He was such a humble person. If you met Carl, you would never know he was famous.”
Carl Gardner’s funeral is planned for next week in Port St. Lucie.
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