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Released 1957 on the Atco Records label (a subsidiary of Atlantic), "Searchin'" topped the Rhythm and Blues Chart for 12 weeks, and reached #3 on the National Pop Singles chart. It was yet another hit for the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it also finally put The Coasters on the map as mainstream Rock and Roll.
"Searchin'" was on the B-side from "Young Blood
," but both songs became hits, with "Searchin'" edging out the flip side.
Paul McCartney chose "Searchin'" as one of his must-have songs in a 1982 broadcast of the BBC radio show Desert Island Discs. The Beatles also picked this song to audition for Decca records in 1962.
Mike Stoller says in the book Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography
, "Searchin' represents the beginning of a more universal Rock and Roll style. We weren't aiming for a bigger audience. Rather, our aim remained the same: write the right songs for the right artists. It just so happened though, that the planet was tilting in our direction."
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