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Carl Gardner Coasters dies

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Carl Gardner, the lead singer of the Coasters, died Sunday after a long battle with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia in Florida, according to the Associated Press. He was 83. The Coasters had a string of hits in the late 1950s, including “Searchin’,” “Poison Ivy,” “Young Blood, ” and “Yakety Yak,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1958. A founding member of the Coasters in 1955, Garner retained the rights to the band’s name. While the band’s makeup changed over the years, he remained the group’s lead singer until 2005, when his son, Carl Jr., took his place.