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RIP Carl Gardner (and wouldn't be nice if somebody/somewhere was startin a riot up in cell block #9)

Click Here to get more info about NEW BOOK: Yakety Yak, I Fought Back- My Life With The Coasters (by Carl Gardner)I can tell you with 100 percent accuracy that when I started the Soul-Patrol.com website back in 1996, I did not do so with any intention whatsoever that there would ever be anything on this site about Carl Gardner. In fact I barely even knew who he was, back in 1996. Of course I did know that he was a member of the Coasters and that the Coasters were a legendary Rock n' Roll/R&B group from the 1950's. But honestly, beyond that I didn't know anything about Carl Gardner at all and as a "stone cold funkateer," I certainly didn't have the Coasters in mind when I started the Soul-Patrol.com website.

Of course as kid I had heard songs like "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy," and others that when I was a teenager in the 1970's I kinda put into the "Uncle Tom" category. Later on of course I learned a little bit more respect for the Coasters when I learned that their song "There's a Riot In Cell Block *9" (Recorded as the "Robins") had in fact been at least part of the inspiration for Sly & the Family Stone's classic album "There's A Riot Going On."

Sometime back in the early 2000's our friend John Wilson of Sly Slick & Wicked called me up. Truth be told John Wilson and I talk on the phone quite often and when we do it is usually a marathon call that goes on for hours and hours. Well at some point during this call, John says to me; "How would you like to meet Carl Gardner?"

I said; "sure," even though I had absolutely no idea what I might possibly have to say to Carl Gardner. John hooked up the 3 way conversation and within a few moments a woman with a soft West Indian accent answered. It was Carl's wife Veta. John and her exchanged pleasantries and then he introduced me to her. John told Veta that I was one of the most powerful Black men in music on the internet, because my brother and I were the founders of the Soul-Patrol website. He told her that we were then and would always be 100 percent Black owned and that one of our key objectives was to fight against culture banditry and fake artists.

Veta said "I'm pleased to meet you Mr. Davis, any friend of John Wilson's is a friend of mine." For the next hour or so the three of us had a pretty deep conversation, focused around the related topics of culture banditry and fake groups. One of the key points that Veta wanted to make during the conversation was that they had their own website at: http://www.angelfire.com/mn/coasters Veta wanted me to be absolutely clear that her and her husband controlled the content and that any other Coasters website (just like any other Coasters group) was a fake. After about an hour or so of conversation, Veta and I exchanged numbers and we hung up.

The very next day she called me back and had Carl on the phone with her. Of course that was also a marathon telephone conversation, that also included Carl Gardner playing music for me over the telephone that I had never heard before. .It was the beginning of my education on just how little I knew about the Coasters and the creative genius of Mr. Carl Gardner.

When I told Carl Gardner about my teenaged perception of Coasters songs such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy," and others as being kinda "uncle tomish/coonish" he laughed and said "most Black people your age and some who are my age would agree with that statement." However, we didn't write those songs, someone else did and those someone elses made all of the money off of them too, we just did what we were told to do."

Then Carl Gardner started playing music for me. It was music that I had never heard before. It was Jazz and Blues and Latin. Some of it was standards. Some of it was original songs. All of them feature Carl Gardner singing.

If I had to make a comparison, I would say that it sounded like Billy Eckstine. If you had told me before that telephone conversation, that Carl Gardner had created music that sounded like Billy Eckstine, I would have sworn that you were lying!!!

Over the years I had many such telephone conversations with Carl & Veta Gardner. In fact when Carl had his stroke in 2005 she even called me and put him on the phone, even though he could barely talk. He wanted to invite me to his retirement party in Florida. Eventually Veta would confess to me that she had signed up to Soul-Patrol and was an avid reader of all of my newsletters. She told me that she liked them cuz I "didn't pull any punches."

So it didn't surprise me one bit during the summer of 2007 when I got a call from Veta and she said; "Carl Gardner has two song for your Soul-Patrol Digital/Virtual Album, if you have a place for him on it." And that's how come on the 52 song historic Soul-Patrol Digital/Virtual Album 1.0 http://www.soul-patrol.com/album (now out of print,) there are two previously unreleased songs by Carl Gardner that appear on the very first Black music digital album ever produced. At the 2011 Soul-Patrol Convention we will be honoring the artists who participated in that historic album. You can bet your bottom dollar that we will be doing something special for Carl Gardner (http://www.soul-patrol.com/convention)....

I'm going to stop writing now. I suppose that I could write more about things such as how the Carl Gardner has been ripped off by crooked promoters, fake groups, Leiber-Stoller, the humiliation that he faced on Broadway at the opening of the play "Smokey Joe's Café" when it opened on Broadway and more. But it would be quite redundant of me to do so when Carl has documented it himself in his book, Yakety Yak I Fought Back - My Life With The Coasters" (yall need to get the book if you want to know the truth)

I just wanted to put a few words down on paper in tribute to my friend Carl Gardner and to let any of the rest of you out there who perhaps may think of songs such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy," and others as being in the "Uncle Tom Category," as I once did, that you shouldn't think of those songs or of the Coasters in that manner.

You should think of them as PROUD BLACK MEN who possessed enourmous talent, who were simply not permitted to put all of the talent that they had on display because the times they lived in only allowed them to be portrayed as "Uncle Toms."

However as is usually the case with those that we might consider to be "Uncle Toms," without their determination to make it, others who clearly walked right thru the door that men such as Carl Gardner and the Coasters opened for them...

Some of them might just wanna start a riot....


RIOT IN CELL BLOCK #9

On July second, 1953,
I was serving time for armed robbery
'Bout four in the morning
I was sleepin' in my cell
I heard a whistle blow
I heard somebody yell

There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
Up in cell block number nine

The trouble started in cell block no. 4
It spread like fire across the prison floor
I said "Come on boys, get ready to run -
Here comes the warden with a tommy gun"

There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
Up in cell block number nine

The warden said
"Come out with your hands up in the air
If you don't stop this riot
You're all gonna get the chair"
Scarface Jones said, "It's too late to quit
And pass the dynamite, 'cause the fuse is lit"

There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
Up in cell block number nine

The ninety-second hour
The tear gas got our men
Crawled in our cells
But every now and then...

There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
Up in cell block number nine

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--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


Soul-Patrol Convention, July 23, 2011 at Cannstatters/NE Philly:

Live performances by 30 + Doo Wop, Jazz, Classic Soul, Funk, Nu Soul artists, Black Music Trade Show, Educational Seminars, Awards, All Star Cabaret, BLUES/SOUTHERN SOUL, Pat Cooley, Reggie Sears, Teeny Tucker, Tre Williams, CLASSIC SOUL, Angel Rissoff, Bleu Lights, Chyp & Andrea, Force MDs, Clarence Burke (Five Stairsteps), John Wilson (Sly, Slick & Wicked), Legendary Escorts, Love's Magic, Marshall Thompson (Chi-Lites), Susaye Greene (Supremes/New Birth), DOO WOP, Bill Godwin's Ink Spots, Chantels, Nu Millennium, Quiet Storm, FUNK , Dawn Silva/Brides of Funkenstien, Full Force, Ladies of Skyy, Kyle Jason, Nadir, Rio, Ric Doc Wilson (Mandrill), SonnyBoy JAZZ, Chip Shelton, Jason Miles, Stephanie McKay, Onaje Allen Gumbs NU SOUL, Donnie C, Julie Dexter, Lenny Blocko, Melanie Charles, Morris Mills, TnT (Tom & Trish), Rainey Vexen RAP/SPOKEN WORD, Lee, One Sun Lion Ra ROCK N' ROLL, Garland Jeffries, Gary Lee & the CatDaddys, Derek McKeith


NEW BOOK: Yakety Yak, I Fought Back- My Life With The Coasters (by Carl Gardner)


Click Here to get more info about NEW BOOK: Yakety Yak, I Fought Back- My Life With The Coasters (by Carl Gardner)

Carl Gardner's autobiography, Yakety Yak, I Fought Back- My Life With The Coasters, has just been released and is available for purchase. In the works for several years, this paperback book covers the life and career of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from his boyhood days in Texas to his R&B origins with the Robins to a 50-year career with one of the most successful and beloved vocal groups of all time, the Coasters, the Clown Princes of Rock & Roll. The book is available for purchase at www.authorhouse.com for $18.70 a copy. Please show your support of Carl and Veta Gardner's efforts to chronicle the history of one of our true pioneers.

Go to the Official Coasters website at for more information.



--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


Soul-Patrol Convention, July 23, 2011 at Cannstatters/NE Philly:

Live performances by 30 + Doo Wop, Jazz, Classic Soul, Funk, Nu Soul artists, Black Music Trade Show, Educational Seminars, Awards, All Star Cabaret, BLUES/SOUTHERN SOUL, Pat Cooley, Reggie Sears, Teeny Tucker, Tre Williams, CLASSIC SOUL, Angel Rissoff, Bleu Lights, Chyp & Andrea, Force MDs, Clarence Burke (Five Stairsteps), John Wilson (Sly, Slick & Wicked), Legendary Escorts, Love's Magic, Marshall Thompson (Chi-Lites), Susaye Greene (Supremes/New Birth), DOO WOP, Bill Godwin's Ink Spots, Chantels, Nu Millennium, Quiet Storm, FUNK , Dawn Silva/Brides of Funkenstien, Full Force, Ladies of Skyy, Kyle Jason, Nadir, Rio, Ric Doc Wilson (Mandrill), SonnyBoy JAZZ, Chip Shelton, Jason Miles, Stephanie McKay, Onaje Allen Gumbs NU SOUL, Donnie C, Julie Dexter, Lenny Blocko, Melanie Charles, Morris Mills, TnT (Tom & Trish), Rainey Vexen RAP/SPOKEN WORD, Lee, One Sun Lion Ra ROCK N' ROLL, Garland Jeffries, Gary Lee & the CatDaddys, Derek McKeith


 

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