Personalities | Phil Phillips | One-Hit Wonders | Rock

‘Sea Of Love’, 1959

Phillips has always remained a mysterious figure, despite having an almost accidental hit with his self-penned ‘Sea Of Love’. A bellhop, he had written it after the dissolution of his vocal group, The Gateway Quartet, and it reached No. 2 in the US. It was subsequently kept alive, thanks to covers by the likes of Del Shannon (1984), and being the title song to the 1985 Al Pacino film of the same name. Phillips has kept a low profile ever since, though he worked as a DJ into the 1990s, and made a rare live performance at the Ponderosa Stomp, New Orleans, in 2003.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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