Here's a few things to ponder. Was Frankie Ford a opportunist prick? Was the prick really Ace Records big cheese Johnny Vincent? Are both complicit? Did the Clowns sell out? All burning questions I cannot answer.
Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns were hot on the heels of "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu", when they went to Jackson, Mississippi to record for Vincent. They recorded "Sea Cruise" and "Loberta". Vincent liked the songs, but wasn't nuts about Clowns singer Bobby Marcham's vocals. So, he removed them and added Frankie Ford's, hoping to get a piece of the teen market. This was without telling Smith or Marcham. Wouldn't you know it? Motherfucking "Sea Cruise" made it up to #14. You'd be pissed. Adding insult to injury, the Clowns would back Ford on live dates. Of all the rotten things. As I've now tainted the song for you, try to find the silver lining. At least you now know why the backing on that record is so baddass.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Frankie Ford - Sea Cruise mp3 at Rocky 52
Frankie Ford - Roberta mp3 at Rocky 52 ("Loberta")
Frankie Ford - Four more at Rocky 52