Tuesday, 31 March 2009

On this week 50 years ago - Coasters

On March 26, 1959, the Coasters recorded the superb double-header, Along Came Jones and That Is Rock & Roll. It was released two months later (Atco 6141) and went to number nine on the US charts.

Personnel: Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will "Dub" Jones, Cornell Gunter (vocals), Mike Stoller (piano, temple blocks), Alan Hanlon and Tony Mottola (guitars), George Barnes (banjo), Wendell Marshall (bass), King Curtis (tenor sax), Gary Chester (drums). Producers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Along Came Jones was the perfect vehicle for the Coasters as a group and Leiber and Stoller as writers. It's a comedy western tale which I didn't realise until a few minutes ago was based on a 1945 cowboy film starring Gary Cooper and Loretta Young. A youTube clip of the original trailor is attached below. That Is Rock & Roll was sensationally covered by Shakin' Stevens - see the link below.

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