He’s going to keep searching, and he’s “gonna find her,” wherever she may be. He’s even determined , like the Northwest Mounties, to look everywhere and hire great detectives — e.g., Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Sergeant Friday, Charlie Chan, and Boston Blackie. “Searchin'” was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Coasters, and they achieved national attention. The song was one of the top hits of 1957, going to #1 on the R&B Chart for many weeks and peaking at #3 on the Pop Singles chart. It went to #30 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The B-side was “Young Blood.”
There have been many covers of the song. These include versions by The Beatles, The Graeful Dead, Skip Battin, The Hollies, The Kingsmen, Wanda Jackson, Neil Sedaka, The Spencer Davis Group, Jim Croce, and The Muppets, just to name a few.
The Coasters formed in 1955 out of the Los Angeles R&B group The Robins. Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn moved to New York and added Cornell Gunter and Will “Dub” Jones. And the lineup kept on changing. There have been numerous group members over the years. They still tour and perform. The Coasters had many hits, such as “Charlie Brown,” “Down in Mexico,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” and “Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)” among others.