Phil Friday: Phil Phillips’ Sea Of Simpsons Love


You might recognize this single if you’re a diehard Simpsons fan. I say diehard because even though I still watch the show every week, I miss stuff. A lot of stuff. Sea of Love was used in not one, but two episodes. It was featured at the end “Future-Drama” and “The Burns and the Bees”.

Phil Phillips (born Philip Baptiste, March 14, 1926, Lake Charles, Louisiana) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for his 1959 hit, “Sea of Love”.

Phillips’ 1959 recording of the song peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the only top 40 chart song for Phillips, who never recorded another hit.

The song has been covered by a number of artists since then, most notably by The Honeydrippers, whose version reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1985. “Sea of Love” previously made the Top 40 one other time, when Del Shannon took it to No. 33 in 1981. Tom Waits gave the song a darker twist for the soundtrack to the 1989 Harold Becker film Sea of Love starring Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin.

PhilPhillips

Side One

Sea of Love

Side Two

Juella

It’s A Sign Of The Times


That your love for me is getting so much stronger
It’s a sign of the times
And I know that I won’t have to wait much longer

You’ve changed a lot, somehow
From the one I used to know
For when you hold me now
I feel like you never wanna let me go

It’s a sign of the times
That you call me up whenever you feel lonely
It’s a sign of the times
That you tell your friends that I’m your one and only

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Side One

A Sign of the Times

Side Two

My Love

Downtown With Petula Clark


When you’re alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go downtown
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

So go downtown
Things will be great when you’re downtown
No finer place for sure, downtown
Everything’s waiting for you

DowntownPetulaClark

Side One

Downtown

Side Two

You’d Better Love Me

You’ve Got The Magic Touch And I’m Enchanted But I Have Smoke In My Eyes


It’s been a while since I’ve just focused on the members of a group and The Platters went through so many line up changes that they even had off shoots of the group. Check it out!

Original lineup (1953)

Cornell Gunter
Herb Reed
Alex Hodge
Joe Jefferson
David Lynch

Classic lineup (1954-1970)

Tony Williams
Herb Reed
Paul Robi
Zola Taylor
David Lynch
Sonny Turner

Official Platters group as of 2014

Wayne Miller
Valerie Victoria
Frank Pizarro
Cheo Bourne

Paul Robi’s Platters

Paul Robi
Beverly Harris
Gerry Garrett
Virgil Gibson
Elmer Hopper

Replacements

Tyrone Sweet
Herb Rawlings

Sonny Turner’s Platters (1970-)

Sonny Turner
Daemine Lowe
Michelle Johnson
Keith Blake

The Platters featuring Monroe Powell

Monroe Powell
Wilson Williams
Kenn Johnson

The World Famous Platters

Eddie Stovall
Lawrence Lockard
JT Marshall
Andre Sheppard

Other former members

Kathleen Lewis
Kristy Brooks
Willie McCall
Herb McQuay
Paris Red

PlattersEnchanted

Side One

Enchanted

Side Two

The Sound and the Fury

PlattersSmokeGetsYourEyes

Side One

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Side Two

No Matter What You Are

PlattersMagicTouch

Side One

(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch

Side Two

Winner Take All

Oh-Oh, Yes I’m The Great Pretender


Pretending that I’m doing well
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I’ve played the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to grieve all alone

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughin’ and gay like the clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

PlattersGreatPretender

Side One

The Great Pretender

Side Two

I’m Just a Dancing Partner