Sea of Love (song)
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|"Sea of Love"|
"Sea of Love" sheet music
|Song by Phil Phillips|
|Songwriter(s)||Phil Phillips, George Khoury|
"Sea of Love" is a song written by Philip Baptiste (better known as Phil Phillips) and George Khoury. Phillips' 1959 recording of the song peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became a gold record. It was the only top-40 chart song for Phillips, who never recorded another hit.
Baptiste, who was working as a bellboy in Lake Charles, Louisiana, wrote "Sea of Love" for a love interest. He was introduced to local record producer George Khoury, who brought Baptiste into his studio to record the song. At Khoury's request, Baptiste took the stage name of Phil Phillips. The song, originally credited to Phil Phillips with The Twilights, was released on a small record label owned by Khoury, but due to its success was eventually leased to Mercury Records. Despite the song's success, Phillips claims that he has only ever received US$6,800 for recording it.
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The song has been covered by a number of artists since the first 1959 recording:
- Later in 1959, in the UK, Marty Wilde covered the song, his version peaked at No. 3. The original Phil Phillips' version failed to chart there.
- This song is a Heptones classic, from the album On Top (1968) and recorded at Studio One.
- The Guess Who released a version of the song on their 1972 album, Rockin', although on the album the song is incorrectly credited to Don McGinnis. In this version the song is played in the background while a spoken conversation takes place in the foreground.
- Kevin Coyne included a cover of the song as a bonus track on some release versions of his 1973 album Marjory Razorblade.
- The song was also covered by Iggy Pop in 1981 from his Party album.
- in 1981, "Sea of Love" made the Top 40 once again when Del Shannon took his version to No. 33 on the Hot 100.
- In 1981 Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber covered the song on their The Holy Modal Rounders album Going Nowhere Fast
- Robert Plant's Honeydrippers did a cover of this song in 1984, on The Honeydrippers: Volume One. This version went to reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1985 and No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart in 1984.
- Tom Waits gave the song a darker twist for the soundtrack to Harold Becker's film of the same name in 1989, and Waits included it on his 2006 collection Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. Cat Power covered the song in 2000 and her version was featured in the movie Juno.
- Fingerstyle guitarist John Fahey covered the song on his 1992 album Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories.
- In 1999, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole did a cover of this song on his Ka'Ano'I album.
- Cat Power recorded it in 2000 on her album The Covers Record. The 2007 film Juno featured her version in its soundtrack.
- Tony Hadley covered the song on his 2006 album "Passing Strangers"
- The song was covered by Emily West during her first audition on Season 9 of America's Got Talent in 2014. She also recorded the song for her album, All for You, released in August 2015.
In popular culture
- The song shares a title with, and features prominently in the plot-line of, the 1989 Harold Becker film Sea of Love starring Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin.
- The song was featured at the end of an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Future-Drama" in 2005. It also can be heard in the 2008 episode "The Burns and the Bees".
- Kraken Rum began using Sea of Love in commercials in 2014
- List of 1950s one-hit wonders in the United States
- List of number-one R&B singles of 1959 (U.S.)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1984 (U.S.)
- List of RPM number-one singles of 1984
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- "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 1985-01-05. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 289.
- "Juno (2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Sea of Love (1989)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "The Simpsons (TV series) - Future-Drama (2005)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "The Simpsons (TV series) - The Burns and the Bees (2008)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- on YouTube