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