‘Sea Of Love’ was written and performed by John phillip Baptiste (aka Phil Phillips) in 1959 where it went straight to No 1 on the U.S Billboard R&B chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year. For Phillips this was to be his only top 40 chart song as he never recorded another hit after this, but ‘Sea of Love’ has since been covered by an interesting selection of artists including, The Heptones, The Guess Who, Iggy Pop, The Honeydippers and, more recently, Cat Power and Tom Waits.
Tom Waits version was a lot darker and featured on the soundtrack to the film, Sea of Love alongside the Phillips original. This is the version I am featuring as I love it’s totally different sound and feel. Tom Waits later included this song on his 2006 album collection, ‘Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards’. Listen above.