‘Sea Cruise’ singer Frankie Ford dies at the age of 76

The China Post - - ARTS -

Frankie Ford, a rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues singer whose 1959 hit “Sea Cruise” brought him in­ter­na­tional fame when he was 19, is dead at the age of 76.

Ford died Mon­day of nat­u­ral causes, ac­cord­ing to the Jef­fer­son Parish, Louisiana, coro­ner's of­fice.

"He was a great guy. He had the best voice in rock and roll," said Mike Shep­herd, a friend of Ford’s and head of the Louisiana Mu­sic Hall of Fame, which in­ducted Ford in 2010.

In ad­di­tion to “Sea Cruise,” Bill­board mag­a­zine’s No. 14 over­all and No. 11 in rhythm and blues in 1959, Ford’s hits in­cluded “Roberta,” “Time af­ter Time” and “You Talk Too Much.”

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