Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Coasters had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Their single "Yakety Yak" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 following its 1958 release. It also spent seven weeks as the number one rhythm and blues song.
Veta Gardner said of her husband, "He loved his singing. That was his whole life."
The group continues to perform. Carl Gardner Jr. has been the lead singer since his father retired in 2005.