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Frankie Ford, singer who hit with Sea Cruise in 1950s, dead at 76
By SP_COP on September 30, 2015 | From
Frankie Ford, singer who hit with Sea Cruise in 1950s, dead at 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, La., 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 included Roberta, Time after Time and You Talk Too Much. His version of You Talk Too Much aired while Joe Jones's recordings of the song were tied up in court. Jones's recording eventually reached No. 3, while none of Ford's after Sea Cruise made it higher than 72, the mark set by Seventeen in 1961.

Ford had sung since childhood. His adopted parents, Vincent and Anna Guzzo of Gretna, brought him to New York when he was five to perform on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. His stage name was suggested, in a nod to hot rods, by Ace Records owner Johnny Vincent, according to his biography on the hall of fame website....
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