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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 4 August 1939New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 28 September 2015Gretna, Louisiana, USA
Birth NameFrank Vincent Guzzo
Nickname The New Orleans Dynamo
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

New Orleans R&B singer Frankie Ford was born on August 4, 1939 in Gretna, Louisiana. He was the adopted son of Vincent and Anna Guzzo. He studied singing and dancing as a boy and made his stage debut at age five in 1945. He performed on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in New York City in 1952 and won many local, national, and regional vocal competitions while still a child.

Frankie was a singer and piano player for the group the Syncopators during his high school years. He had a good-sized regional hit with the song "Cheatin' Woman" for Ace Records in the late 1950s, but he scored his biggest and most beloved smash with the infectiously buoyant "Sea Cruise," which peaked at #14 on the Billboard pop charts in 1959 ("Sea Cruise" has not only been used in TV commercials for such products as Coors Light Beer, Diet Coke, and Sprite, but has also been featured on the soundtracks to the films My American Cousin (1985), Stewardess School (1986) and Ski Patrol (1990)). Alas, such equally fine follow-up singles as "Danny Boy," "Alimony," and "I Wanna Be Your Man" were only modest successes. In 1962 Frankie was drafted into the US Army and entertained troops in Vietnam, Korea, and America as a member of the Special Services. He appears as himself in the excellent 1978 Alan Freed bio movie American Hot Wax (1978).

Ford continued to tour and perform at various concerts, festivals, and nightclubs on a regular basis throughout for several decades. In addition, he closed the Gretna Heritage Festival every first weekend in October and appeared every year as a headliner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Frankie Ford died at age 76 on September 28, 2015 at his home in Gretna, Louisiana.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Trivia (5)

The license plates on his cars read "Ooh-Wee," which is the chorus for his 1959 big hit song "Sea Cruise".
In 1960, he had chart success with the standard "Time After Time", from the film "It Happened In Brooklyn" (1948). It did marginally well nationally, but made the top 10 in NYC.
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Currently, Frankie and his Sea Cruise Productions manage such acts as the Dixie Cups, Jimmy Elledge, Matt Lucas, Johnny Preston, Troy Shondell and Paula & Paula, among others.
Inducted into the West Bank Musicians Hall of Fame, located in Westwego, Louisiana, in 2003 (inaugural class).

Personal Quotes (1)

I have a quote for you on that "One-Hit Wonder" thing. I'd like to go on record right here saying, whoever that disc jockey was that coined that phrase, well he's a no-hit wonder! I mean, it can get rude. A DJ did that to me one time in his introduction. I turned to him and said, "Well, you're a no-hit wonder. What have you ever done?" Some people have five records that sell a million each. Some sell none. I've had one that sold 30 million! And I've outlived that one record. I've been 38 years at this and it's still going.

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