Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Frankie Ford

Sea Cruise

Written and first recorded by Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns (1959).
Hit version by Frankie Ford (US #14/R&B #11 1959).

From the wiki: “Ace Record’s biggest act in 1958 was Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Clowns, who had scored with ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia And the Boogie Woogie Flu’ and ‘Don’t You Just Know It’ and were chart in early 1959 with ‘Don’t You Know Yockomo’. Huey and his Clowns had cut two sides, “Sea Cruise” and ‘Loberta’, which Ace owner Johnny Vincent considered to have hit potential, but he felt both recordings needed some improvement.