Coast to Coast (band)
The band were formed in 1977 by bassist Bud Smith and guitarist Bob Debank, who recruited Alan Mills as lead vocalist, Graham Woofe on drums and, later, saxophonist Sonnie Torlot. Earl Barton replaced Woofe at a later date.
The band's best-known single, a cover version of the rock and roll classic "(Do) The Hucklebuck", was recorded in 1980 and reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart the next year. However, tensions surfaced between band members and Mills left before the song became successful, to be replaced by Sandy Fontaine (born Alex Giannini). Although the British Hit Singles & Albums book cites Fontaine as the singer for the single, it was actually Mills' vocal that appeared, with Fontaine's vocal dubbed onto the album version.
The group disbanded in 1982. Smith and Torlot retain the performing rights to the band name and several line-ups have since been attempted with new members for live performances, but with little commercial success. The single "(Do) The Hucklebuck" has been made available on a number of various artist compilation CDs, to date: however, follow-up hit single "Let's Jump the Broomstick" and parent album "Coastin'" have yet to be made available on CD.
- Alan Mills (vocals) 1977-1980
- Sandy Fontaine (vocals) 1980-1982
- Sonnie Torlot (sax, vocals).1978-1982
- Jamie Ling (guitar, vocals).1979-1982
- Bud Smith (bass, vocals).1977-late 1979 then rejoining in 1980 to late 1982
- Earl Barton (drums)1980-1982
- Bob Debank (guitarist, vocals) 1977-1979 (Founder member along with Bud Smith) departed from the band before signing a record contract with Polydor.
- 1981 Coastin'
- Rock This Joint / The South's Gonna Rise Again / Dixieland Rock / The Great Pretender
- (Do) The Hucklebuck / Telephone Baby
- Jump the Broomstick / Roller Coaster Rock
- Baby Why Let Go / Your Mama's Back
- Coastin / Born to Rock'n'Roll
|1978||Coast to Coast EP||-||-||-||Yorkie|
|1979||(Do) The Hucklebuck||-||-||-||Yorkie|
|1980||(Do) The Hucklebuck||5||37||70||Polydor|
|1981||Let's Jump the Broomstick||28||-||-||Polydor|
|1981||Coastin' / Born to Rock & Roll||76||-||-||Polydor|
|1981||Baby, Why Let Go?||-||-||-||Polydor|
|1982||Dance On / Coastin`||-||-||-||Metronome|
- Amitty.co.uk - accessed May 2010 - deadlink 1 February 2016
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 112. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Cllr Ash Davies [@CllrAshDavies] (21 July 2016). "Saddened to hear about the passing of my colleague Cllr Alan Mills. He will be missed" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
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