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1959 pop song
Sea Cruise" is a song written and sung by
Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns. This recording was included on the 1971
Ace Records compilation Huey "Piano" Smith's Rock & Roll Revival!
The song was first released by
Frankie Ford in 1959, sung over Smith's original backing track.
On the  Billboard charts, it reached number 14 in the
Hot 100 and number 11 on the
Hot R&B Sides.
Released on Ace Records, it sold over one million copies, gaining
 gold disc status.
The single included
 ship's bell and
horn sound-effects, as well as
boogie piano, a driving horn section and a shuffle beat that anticipated
Recorded cover versions
It was later also covered by:
Charlie Drake released a comedy version of the song in the UK in 1959
Jackie Edwards released a ska version in 1964
Mickie Most covered the song in 1964 Columbia DB 7180
Herman's Hermits covered the song in 1965 on the album
. Introducing Herman's Hermits
The Hondells covered the song in the 1960s, as seen on a
Freddy Cannon covered it in a 1968 single released by "We Make Rock'N Roll Records" #1604
Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets covered the song on their album, I'm No J.D. 1971 which was released again in 1981 as "Shakin' Stevens & The Sunsets".
The Houseshakers in Demolition Rock (1972) (available on CD Contours Of Rock 'n' Roll
Sha Na Na on The Night Is Still Young
and  Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll (both 1972).
Jerry Lee Lewis in 1973 for his album
. The Session...Recorded in London with Great Artists
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen covered the song in 1973.
Johnny Rivers recorded a studio version in 1971 and covered it in 1974 on the album Last Boogie in Paris.
The Glitter Band covered the song on their album, Hey! (1974).
John Fogerty covered it on his
self-titled 1975 solo album.
Nicky Hopkins covered it in 1975 on the album No More Changes.
The Beach Boys, recorded c. 1976 for initial inclusion on
(released on the 1981 compilation album 15 Big Ones
featuring a vocal by Dennis Wilson) Ten Years of Harmony
Robert Gordon and
Link Wray covered the song on their 1977 album Robert Gordon with Link Wray.
Johnny Hallyday on his C'est la vie album (1977).
Rory Gallagher performed the song live in 1978–1979. The version from Wiesbaden, Germany, May 6, 1979, was included on his DVD At Rockpalast. Another version from December 1979 was released on
. Notes from San Francisco
Showaddywaddy covered the song on their 1979 album Crepes & Drapes.
Billy "Crash" Craddock
covered it in 1980 on the album 
Rico Rodriguez recorded an instrumental version in 1980 with
Don McLean on his 1981 album
Glenn Frey recorded the song on his first solo album,
, in 1982, after having performed it with
No Fun Aloud Eagles on the same year of their breakup, 1980.
Anne Murray performed the song in her 1983 TV special Anne Murray: Caribbean Cruise. The
Kidsongs Kids covered the song on their 1986 video "What I Want to Be!".
Cliff Richard covered it on his 1990 live album
and then again with
From a Distance: The Event the Shadows on their 2009 album
Dion covered the song in 1990 on the album
. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
boogie-woogie pianist and singer
Little Willie Littlefield recorded a version for his 1997 album
. The Red One
Jimmy Buffett covered the song on the 1995 album
. It also appeared on Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Gumbo M.O.M. – Music for our mother ocean – Vol 3 in 1999, and Jimmy's Live in Mansfield, MA CD released in 2004.
Status Quo Covered the song as a B-Side on their 1999 single, "
The Way It Goes."
 In 1976 actress
Jill Clayburgh performed the song on
(season one, episode 15), backed by the
Saturday Night Live US Coast Guard’s
a cappella group
Yo La Tengo recorded the song for their covers album
. Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics
Gemmy Industries covered this song for their novelty toy Rocky the Singing Lobster in 2000
Song in other media
"Huey "Piano" Smith – Huey "Piano" Smith's Rock & Roll Revival!". discogs . Retrieved . October 24, 2017
"Frankie Ford, Singer of 'Sea Cruise,' Dies at 76". The New York Times. September 30, 2015 . Retrieved . August 20, 2019
"Frankie Ford Chart History". Billboard.
Murrells, Joseph (1978).
(2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p.
The Book of Golden Discs 114.
"Herman's Hermits – Introducing Herman's Hermits". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
Archived December 9, 2011, at the
"Freddy Cannon Record Label Shots". Colorradio.com . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
"Sha Na Na* – The Night Is Still Young". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
"Johnny Rivers And His L. A. Boogie Band – Last Boogie in Paris". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
"John Fogerty – John Fogerty". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
"Nicky Hopkins – No More Changes (Vinyl, LP)". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
Archived November 2, 2010, at the
"Showaddywaddy – Crepes & Drapes (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". discogs . Retrieved . July 21, 2015
"Archived copy". Archived from
the original on July 18, 2011 . Retrieved . August 17, 2009
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"Various – The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
Sea Cruise YouTube
Archived March 3, 2009, at the
"Status Quo – The Way It Goes (CD)". discogs . Retrieved . April 30, 2015
Leszczak, Bob (2014).
. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 187.
Who Did It First?: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists ISBN