An 2010 inductee into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (not bad company to be in), Frankie Ford was a piano-pounding singer whose signature hit, “Sea Cruise,” made it to #14 in the charts. After that 1959 success, he had only four other songs that made it to the charts and none higher than number 79.
According to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame website, “Sea Cruise” has been used in numerous radio and TV commercials, including for Diet Coke, Sprite and Coors Light. It also appeared on the soundtracks of “My American Cousin,” “Ski Patrol” and other movies and TV shows.
Ford (August 4, 1939-September 28, 2015) began his music career at age five when he appeared on “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.” After the British invasion and guitar-backed music had displaced Ford’s style in popularity, he focused on live performances at Bourbon Street clubs.