Despite singing some of the most popular rock songs of the late 1950s, Gardner never got the recognition that he deserved. "Someone stole all the money," he said in an interview with classicbands.com. "I don't know who the hell it was." Gardner also spent decades battling scores of impostor groups touring as the Coasters. "I started the group," he said. "I'll be damned if I'm gonna let someone steal if from me."
In 1987 The Coasters became the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "At the time they inducted me I thought it was kind of nice," he said. "But all of a sudden I said to myself, 'I didn't get paid, so what the hell do I care?'"
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- Carl Gardner
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