Will "Dub" Jones (singer)

Will "Dub" Jones (singer)

Will "Dub" Jones was born on May 14, 1928, died on January 16, 2000, at the age of 71. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and died in Long Beach, California.


Jones is a singer who is best known as the bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals were on The Cadets' biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle" and his bass vocals on The Coasters' hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown."

Jones has also appeared on various other recordings. In 1956, he sang on The Crescendos' recording "Sweet Dreams." In 1957, he sang with Jesse Belvin & The Space Riders on the Modern #1027 single "My Satellite/Just To Say Hello." He had also recorded with Cora Washington as "Cora And Dub." He is also said to have sang lead on The Trammps' version of "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" (in which Jones had previously sang lead for The Coasters). When listening to this Trammps version, it does sound very much like Jones' vocal. Jones had also recorded with later versions of The Coasters in 1976 on the LP "The World Famous Coasters" (with Leon Hughes) and with Billy Guy's group of Coasters in 1977, recording songs such as "Ain't No Greens In Harlem" and "Jumbo Bwana." Jones also teamed up with former fellow Cadets member Lloyd McCraw and recorded gospel recordings such as "Joshua Fit The Battle" as The Melodians. In 2001, Ace Records (UK) released a CD of the group The Dreamers called "They Sing Like Angels" in which Jones also appears on some tracks.


olo Singles

* Hands Across The Table/Love Can Do Most Anything (Modern #1024) (1957) (as Will Jones & The Cadets)
* Cold Blooded Women/What Can I Do (MJC #101) (about 1960) (as Dub & Cora)
* Heaven’s Not So Far (MJC #108) (about 1960) (as Dub Jones)
* Cold Blooded Women/What Can I Do (Cotillion #44079) (1970) (as Dub & Cora)

Book references

* The Coasters (by Bill Millar) (Star Books) (1974)
* L. A. R&B Vocal Groups 1945-1965 (by Steve Propes and Galen Gart) (Big Nickel Publications) (2001)

External links

* [http://www.angelfire.com/mn/coasters The Coasters Web Site]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Jones&GSfn=Will&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=2000&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=13526481& Find A Grave Memorial]

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