Phil Phillips who was born John Phillip Baptiste on March 14, 1931 in Lake Charles, Louisiana is a singer/songwriter who in the summer of 1959 charted one of the classic recordings of the rock era. His recording of SEA OF LOVE became a Billboard Hot 100 hit on July 6, 1959. The single record was first released on the Khoury’s Record label in 1959 and then picked up by the large Mercury Records label, giving it the power of a recording giant for distribution.
The record climbed up the Hot 100 and charted at #2, a position it held of two weeks. SEA OF LOVE remained on the Hot 100 for 18 weeks. The single also crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart where it went right to #1. On the flip-side of the solid gold single was the tune JUEILA, but it did not chart.
In April of 1960 Phil Phillips would reach the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart with another Mercury single WHAT WILL I TELL MY HEART. The record would chart at #108. Phil would not chart another national hit record. His one big hit would however stand through the years as one of the most popular songs of the Rock and Roll era. In 1984, the superstar group, The Honeydrippers would record their own version of this classic song. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers…The Honeydrippers would have a #3 hit record and stay true to the Phil Phillips version.
This classic recording is in regular play rotation on oldies radio all across this country. 50 years + after it was first released the song remains a hit and a reminder of the wonderful music and memories that are found in the, “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
Till the next time—Joe