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Subject: Aechive: Bobby Nunn, Nov. 5, 1986


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 05, 04:06:20pm

Bobby Nunn, a founding member of the doo-wop group the Coasters, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old.

In the late 1950's, the Coasters were the most popular black rock-and-roll group in America. Their songs combined rhythm-and-blues with wisecracks and hip verbal patter; under the direction of the production and songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the Coasters recorded several of the best-remembered rock-and-roll songs of the 1950's, including ''Poison Ivy,'' ''Yakety Yak,'' ''Love Potion No. 9'' and ''Charlie Brown.''

Mr. Nunn, who sang bass, began his career as a member of the vocal quartet the Robins, formed in the late 1940's. The group hit No. 1 on the rhythm-and-blues charts in 1950 with ''Double Crossing Blues.'' Other hits included ''Riot in Cellblock No. 9,'' ''Framed,'' ''The Hatchet Man'' and ''Smokey Joe's Cafe.''

The Coasters, formed in 1955 with Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Leon Hughes and Mr. Nunn, hit the rhythm-and-blues music charts in 1956 with ''Down in Mexico,'' followed by ''Searchin','' ''Little Egypt,'' ''Run Red Run,'' ''Young Blood'' and ''Along Came Jones.'' Mr. Nunn last performed with the Coasters on Nov. 1 in Phoenix.

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