I know that sequential staging of rocket boosters was problematic, leading to Atlas stage-and-a-half and Russian hot staging. At what point did rocket boosters have attitude control allowing them to coast before being lit? Were there any early rocket booster stages which although they could not be relit could coast before being lit for the first time? I would include in this question solid upper kick stages as a "booster" stage for the purposes of this question. If the payload could coast, with attitude control, and then fire the kick stage, that counts for the purpose of this question. A spin stabilized rocket would also count as attitude control (if it spun up, then coasted with a fixed attitude until the next stage fired).
I'm sort of assuming that we had the ability for satellite station keeping and attitude control systems to be able to execute orbit raising maneuvers first -- but I'm trying to phrase the question in such a way that it wouldn't count as an answer to this question since that would be some kind of coast-to-apogee maneuver executed by the ultimate payload.
And I'm asking this question in the context of trying to understand what the ability of early launch vehicles to place payloads into raised orbits. Early launch vehicles should have been constrained to be unable to place satellites into orbits with a high periapsis, or to be able to coast to the equator to do a burn to eject into GTO and execute similar missions. So when did we gain that ability in the actual launch vehicles themselves?