Frankie Ford: Sea Cruise


This was written by Huey ‘Piano’ Smith. He recorded it with his group, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and His Clowns in 1958, but it was not released until 1971 on the album Huey ‘Piano’ Smith’s Rock & Roll Revival!

It was recorded by Frankie Ford in 1958 using the Smith backing track and added sound effects. It was released in 1959 and got to No 14 in America.

The Beach Boys recorded it in 1976 with Brian Wilson producing and Dennis Wilson on lead vocals. It was released in 1981 on the album Ten Years Of Harmony.

It has been recorded by almost everyone else too, but I enjoyed this live performance by Cliff and the Shads – not sure when or where this was recorded – does anyone know?

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