“Sea of Love” is a song written by John Phillip Baptiste when he was working as a bellboy in Lake Charles LA. It was written 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.
Phillips’ 1959 recording of the song peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard R&B chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became a gold record. It was the only top-40 chart song for Baptiste, who never recorded another hit.
Due to its success, the song was eventually leased to Mercury Records and has been covered by numerous artists and featured in films—but Baptiste says he only ever received $6,800 for recording it.
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