Phil Phillips

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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.

Phillips was born in Crowley, Louisiana. He was married and had seven children. On March 14, 2020, Phillips died on his 94th birthday in Lake Charles, Louisiana.[1]

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  1. "Philip Baptiste Obituary". Dignity Memorial. March 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2020.

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