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Frankie Ford

It's ironic that some of the greatest New Orleans R&B of the 1950s was sung by a white man. Although he could have passed for a teen idol, Frankie Ford sang with as much grit as anyone of any color in the Crescent City. He recorded some fine singles for the Ace label in the late '50s, particularly the pounding "Sea Cruise," which made the Top 20 in 1959 and remains one of the hits most identified with the classic New Orleans R&B sound. "Sea Cruise" actually began life as a Huey "Piano" Smith song with Bobby Marchan on vocals, but producer Johnny Vincent had the inspired idea of dubbing Ford's singing on top of Smith's backing track. "Sea Cruise," with its bleating foghorn and irresistible piano groove, was an impossible act to follow, and Ford never approached the Top 20 again. But he cut several more gutsy sides for Ace that featured top New Orleans players like Huey Smith and saxophonist Red Tyler; one of the best, "Roberta," was covered by the Animals in the mid-'60s. A few of his singles found him following ill-advised swing jazz and teen idol directions, and he faded from view in the 1960s, although he made a cameo appearance in the film version of Alan Freed's life. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Track List: All Aboard

1. Alimony

2. Sea Cruise

3. Roberta

4. I Want To Be Your Man

5. Whats Going On

6. Cheatin Woman

7. Watch Dog

8. Last One To Cry

9. Cant Tell My Heart What To Do

10. It Must Be Jelly

11. Im Worried Over You

12. Lonely Boy

13. Danny Boy

14. Your Game Is Over

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Track List: On The Street Where You Live

1. On The Street Where You Live

2. Street Of Dreams

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

4. Easy Street

5. Happiness Street

6. Standing On The Corner

7. Grant Avenue

8. Beale Street Mama

9. The Lonesome Road

10. Lonely Street

11. The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

12. Basin Street Blues

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Track List: Sea Cruise

1. Sea Cruise

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Track List: Cruisin' With Frankie Ford

1. Whiskey Heaven

2. Don't Drop It

3. A Certain Girl

4. Sick And Tired

5. Fine Thang!

6. Don't You Know Yockomo

7. That's Right

8. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)

9. Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain

10. Yours Truly

11. I Wanna Walk You Home

12. Bony Moronie

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I think this would make my Dad feel better but he is to zoned out from all those meds (
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did you know Huey Smith and the Clowns played the background music in Sea Cruise ?
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He dead?
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RIP

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