|"Sea of Love"|
"Sea of Love" sheet music
|Song by Phil Phillips|
|from the album Sea Of Love|
|Songwriter(s)||Phil Phillips, George Khoury|
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.
Phil 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. "The Three Bells" by The Browns kept it from the No.1 spot. In 1959 it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
- Phil Phillips
|US Billboard Hot 100||2|
|US Billboard R&B||1|
|US Cash Box Top 100||2|
- Marty Wilde
- Del Shannon
|Canada RPM Adult Contemporary||28|
|US Billboard Hot 100||33|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||36|
|US Cash Box Top 100||33|
- The Honeydrippers
Notable cover versions
The song has been covered by a number of artists since the first 1959 recording. Among the most notable versions are the following:
- Later in 1959, in the UK, Marty Wilde covered the song, his version peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. The original Phil Phillips' version failed to chart there. This version is also featured in Chanel No. 5: La Star (1990) ad.
- Robert Plant's Honeydrippers did a cover of this song in 1984, on The Honeydrippers: Volume One. This version went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1985 and No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart in 1984.
- Cat Power recorded it in 2000 on her album The Covers Record. The 2007 film Juno featured her version in its soundtrack.
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.
- Kraken Rum began using Sea of Love in commercials in 2014
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- List of RPM number-one singles of 1984
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