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.
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
The Playmates were a late 1950s vocal group. The trio consisted of Chic Hetti (Carl Cicchetti, 2/26/1930), Donny Conn (Donald Claps, 3/29/1930) and Morey Carr (7/31/1932), all from Waterbury, Connecticut.