CORNELL GUNTER’S COASTERS FEATURING EDWIN COOK – Edwin Cook, veteran member of Cornell Gunter’s COASTERS, joined the group in January 1982 when Teddy Harper succumbed to a fatal disease. Before he died he handpicked Edwin to take his place and watched him make his debut with CGC in a joint concert with The Imperials at the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Edwin was born in New Orleans and began his performance career at the age of eleven when he formed and toured with his first group, The Sunset Travelers, a gospel group. As a teenager, he performed with the George Washington Carver Marching 100 in New Orleans, a very popular show band with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Edwin initiated the twirling French Horns we became so familiar with during the halftime shows.
During his High School years, Edwin formed The Pro-Fascinations, another vocal group, and began performing and competing in talent shows in New Orleans and surrounding areas. He won his first talent contest, and realizing that show business was where his heart was…and still is…he tried Unsuccessfully to get his fellow members to move to Las Vegas with him. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, Edwin was transported directly from an airplane to a rehearsal, then to a stage, where he began his Las Vegas career.
From there, they toured South Africa with Dobie Gray and Pipp Friedman, performing in Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London, Port Elizabeth and Durban, at the height of Apartheid. In South Africa, Edwin was privileged to be part of history when they were first group to perform to a multi-racial audience there.
The Coasters, the original group, were the first inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and were known as The Clown Princes of Rock & Roll. As a member of CGC, Edwin enjoyed performances all over the U.S.A., in Asia and Europe, including Germany, Ireland, and England, where they were privileged to play the London Palladium. Edwin was with CGC for eight years when Cornell met his untimely death in 1990. With Edwin’s four and one-half octave singing range he was the obvious choice to assume center stage as lead vocalist, while carrying on the legacy of the late, great Cornell Gunter and the Lieber & Stoller tunes he helped to make so famous as lead tenor of The Coasters since 1957…Yakkety Yak, Charlie Brown, Little Egypt, Girls Girls Girls, Youngblood, and Poison Ivy, to name only a few. This vibrant, energetic singer, musician, dancer, and comedian helps keep the legacy of Cornell Gunter’s COASTERS alive.
Cornell Gunter’s Coasters Featuring Edwin Cook will be the second act at the 2017 Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest on Saturday, November 18 at Gateway Park in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The Jazz Fest Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. General admission, reserved seating, and VIP tickets are available to order at https://sibjazzfest.ticketleap.com/10th-annual-sunny-isles-beach-jazz-fest/.