Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1936: Cornelius (Cornell) Gunter — R&B singer and member of the original Platters and then The Coasters — is born in Coffeyville, Kansas. He had recorded with the yet-unnamed Platters, singing back-up on Big Jay McNeely’s recording Nervous Man Nervous on Federal Records in 1953. The title song from the 1957 Susan Oliver film, The Green Eyed Blonde, is sung by Gunter. Will “Dub” Jones and Gunter join The Coasters as replacements for Bobby Nunn and Leon Hughes in early 1958. After Gunter leaves the Coasters, he tours with Dinah Washington. In 1963, he forms his own Coasters group — usually billed as The Fabulous Coasters. Gunter makes several solo singles in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including a cover version of Sam Cooke’s You Send Me on Dot Records in 1957. Gunter is murdered — shot and killed by an unknown assailant — in February 1990 in Las Vegas.