John Philip Baptiste (March 14, 1926 – March 14, 2020), better known as Phil Phillips, was an American singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1959 song, "Sea of Love". The song went to No. 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. It also spent 14 weeks in the top 40, as well as reaching No. 1 on the R&B chart. In 1959, it sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The single has had notable covers by Del Shannon (which reached No. 33 on the pop chart in 1982), the Honeydrippers (which peaked at No. 3 spending 14 weeks in the top 40 in 1984) and Tom Waits. Phillips' version was featured most notably in the movie Sea of Love (1989), starring Al Pacino.
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- "Philip Baptiste Obituary". Dignity Memorial. March 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
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