Someone (who I won’t embarrass) mentioned poison ivy in a blog post yesterday, and the next thing you know, “Poison Ivy” by The Coasters started running through my head. Thus, they’re today’s Two for Tuesday.
Much of The Coasters’ catalog consists of Lieber and Stoller’s humorous “story” songs, such as the two we feature today. First up is “Searchin’,” from May 1957. It reached #3 on the Hot 100, #1 on the R&B chart, and #30 on the UK singles chart that year. A year later, the group released “Yakety Yak,” our second tune. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B charts and #12 in the UK in 1958.
The current group features J. W. Lance on lead vocals, Primotivo Candelara on baritone vocals, Eddie Whitfield doing bass vocals, and Dennis Andeerson on tenor vocals. The current lineup has a website, announcing that the group will start the “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” tour starting on October 3 in Branchburg, New Jersey.
The Coasters, you Two for Tuesday, September 9, 2014.