"Foot Stomping Part 1" by The Flares
Foot Stomping by The Flares
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45 rpm of True Love Ways by Buddy Holly
True Love Ways by Buddy Holly
February 2, 2018
The Coasters Searchin'

Vocal Harmony

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.

Here are the lyrics to “Searchin'” by The Coasters:

“(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)

Yeah, I’ve been searchin’
A-a searchin’
Oh, yeah, searchin’ every which a-way
Yay, yay
Oh, yeah, searchin’
I’m searchin’
Searchin’ every which a-way
Yay, yay
But I’m like the Northwest Mounties
You know I’ll bring her in someday

(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)

Well, now, if I have to swim a river
You know I will
And a if I have to climb a mountain
You know I will
And a if she’s a hiding up
On a blueberry hill
Am I gonna find her, child
You know I will
‘Cause I’ve been searchin’
Oh, yeah, searchin’
My goodness, searchin’ every which a-way
Yay, yay
But I’m like the Northwest Mounties
You know I’ll bring her in some day
(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)

Well, Sherlock Holmes
Sam Spade got nothin’, child, on me
Sergeant Friday, Charlie Chan
And Boston Blackie
No matter where she’s a hiding
She’s gonna hear me a comin’
I’m gonna walk right down that street
Like Bulldog Drummond
‘Cause I’ve been searchin’
Oooh, Lord, searchin’, mm child
Searchin’ every which a-way
Yay, yay
But I’m like the Northwest Mounties
You know I’ll bring her in some day
(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)”

If you are interested in other songs by The Coasters: “Charlie Brown,” “Young Blood,” “Poison Ivy,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Little Egypt.”

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop music, rock and roll hits, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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