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"Sea of Love" is a song written by Philip Baptiste (better known as Phil Phillips) and George Khoury. It was the only top-40 chart song for Phillips, who never recorded another hit.[2]

"Sea of Love"
Sea of Love sheet music cover.jpg
"Sea of Love" sheet music
Song by Phil Phillips
from the album Sea Of Love
Published1959
ReleasedJuly 1959
Recorded1959
Genre
Length2:30
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(s)Phil Phillips, George Khoury

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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.[2]

Chart performanceEdit

Phil Phillips' 1959 recording of the song peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart[3] and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. "The Three Bells" by The Browns kept it from the No.1 spot.[4] It became a gold record.

Cover versionsEdit

The song has been covered by a number of artists since the first 1959 recording:

Chart historyEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Phil Phillips
Chart (1959) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 2
US Billboard R&B[10] 1
US Cash Box Top 100[11] 2
Marty Wilde
Chart (1959) Peak
position
UK [12] 3
Del Shannon
Chart (1981-82) Peak
position
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[13] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 33
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 36
US Cash Box Top 100 33
The Honeydrippers

In popular cultureEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1959-08-24
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  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 19, 1959
  12. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1959-10-01. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
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  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sea of Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
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  22. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, January 12, 1985
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