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Billy Guy
Birth: Jun. 20, 1936
Death: Nov. 5, 2002
Las Vegas
Clark County
Nevada, USA

R&B/Doo-Wop Musician. A native of Attasca, Texas, he was born Frank Phillips. He was a member of the popular musical group, 'The Coasters.' A baritone, he sang on the groups 1958 hit, 'Searchin.' The group originally called, 'The Robins' originated in Los Angeles, California, before becoming the 'Coasters.' The group began recording in 1949, but became more professional in 1953 when they joined the writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The group who were known for there on-stage antics were considered clowns more then recording artists. The band recording for such labels as Rhino, Hollywood, Atlantic, Deluxe, Atco, and Direct Source, consisted of several members besides Guy, during there years together like Bobby Nunn, Leon Hughes, Cornell Gunter, Will J.'Dub' Jones, Obie Jessie, Earl 'Speedo' Carroll, and at times the great King Curtis. The band's who many notable recordings include 'Yakety Yak,' 'Charlie Brown,' Wake Me, Shake Me,' 'Down In Mexico,' 'Poison Ivy,' 'Along Came Jones,' 'Sweet Georgia Brown,' 'Shoppin' For Clothes,' and 'Little Egypt,' and many more, were together until they disbanded in 1972. After the group broke up different members tried to resurrect the group with other 'Coaster' type groups but nothing like the originals. The group has also had a few hardships, King Curtis was murdered in 1971, Bobby Nunn died in 1986, Cornell Gunter was murdered in 1990, Buddy Guy died penniless in 2002, and Will J. 'Dub' Jones passed away in 2000, at the age of 71. The 'Coasters' were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the first vocal group to be given that honour. Known for his raunchy humour he released a comedy album after the breakup of 'The Coasters' in 1972. He later became careless with his money, and he died penniless in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2002, at the age of 66. A fundraiser had to be held to help pay for his funeral and burial costs. (bio by: K) 
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Las Vegas
Clark County
Nevada, USA
Plot: Cypress III-East
 
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Record added: Oct 29, 2004
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