Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Along Came Jones" by The Coasters

In honour of the 82nd birthday of Carl Gardner - founding member of doo-wop hitmakers The Coasters - here is one of the band's smash hits, Along Came Jones, from 1959; inspired by the 1945 Gary Cooper comedy-western film Along Came Jones, it features a fairly pointy-elbowed satire of the hoary cliches inherent in oaters.

Gardner started The Coasters with Bobby Nunn in 1955, after leaving The Robins at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; his son Carl Jr. joined the group in 2005, and Carl Sr. is known to still occasionally perform with them - which is surely some kind of endurance record for rock and roll.
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