, lead singer for the hit-making ’50s vocal act the Coasters, died Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at age 83, according to reports Monday.
Variety magazine’s website said Gardner had been suffering from congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.
In 1987, Gardner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the Coasters became the first vocal group drafted by the Cleveland institution, Variety’s website said.
Gardner split lead duties with Bobby Nunn
on such chart hits as “Yakkety Yak” (a No. 1 pop entry in 1958), “Along Came Jones,” “Poison Ivy” and “Charlie Brown,” Variety reported.
The hits dried up for the Coasters in the mid-’60s.