Rock and Roll
The song “Sea Cruise” was written by Huey “Piano” Smith, who also wrote the song “Rockin’ Pneumonia.” Huey Smith and His Clowns recorded it. Frankie Ford covered the song using the Smith’s backing track, and the producers added the ship’s bell and horn sound effects. It’s a fun fifties pop song. In 1959, Ford’s version went to #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on the R&B Chart. The song sold more than one million copies and was awarded an RIAA gold record. It was featured in American Graffiti, Ski Patrol, and Out to Sea. There have been many covers, including versions by Herman’s Hermits, Freddy Boom Boom Cannon, Sha Na Ma, Johnny Rivers, John Fogerty, Nicky Hopkins, The Beach Boys, Showaddywaddy, Jimmy Buffett, Cliff Richard, Dion, and many more.
Ford was born in Gretna, Louisiana. He was known as the “New Orleans Dynamo,” as he was known for his performances and spent most of the year on the road touring.
Frankie Ford (August 4, 1939 – September 28, 2015).