|Single by the Coasters|
|from the album The Coasters|
|Recorded||February 15, 1957|
|Genre||Rock and roll, R&B|
|Songwriter(s)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller|
|Producer(s)||Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller|
|The Coasters singles chronology|
"Searchin'" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for the Coasters. Atco Records released it as a single in March 1957, which topped the R&B Chart for twelve weeks. It also reached number three on the Billboard singles chart.
The lyrics, written by Leiber, use vernacular phrasing. The plot revolves around the singer's determination to find his love wherever she may be, even if he must resort to detective work. The song's gimmick was to cite law-enforcement figures from popular culture such as Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, Joe Friday, Sam Spade, Boston Blackie, Bulldog Drummond, and the North-West Mounted Police (the Mounties). The vocals of the Coasters' lead singer Billy Guy are raw and insistent. Driving the song is a pounding piano rhythm of two bass notes alternating on every second beat.
The song was recorded in Los Angeles on February 15, 1957.
- Mike Stoller, piano
- Gil Bernal, saxophone
- Barney Kessell, guitar/mandoline
- Adolph Jacobs, guitar
- Ralph Hamilton, bass
- Jesse Sailes, drums
- A.L. “Abe” Stoller, drums
- Joe Oliveria, congas
Singer/songwriter Paul McCartney chose "Searchin'" as one of his Desert Island Discs in 1982. McCartney performed the song with the Beatles during their audition for Decca Records on January 1, 1962 (with somewhat mangled lyrics that included a mention of Peter Gunn).
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