|Genres:||Cajun & Zydeco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rhythm and blues oldies rock n roll new orleans|
|Decades:||1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Francis Guzzo, 4 August 1939, Gretna, Louisiana, USA. A rocker from a suburb of New Orleans, Frankie Ford is second cousin to that other New Orleans legend Dr. John. His first major appearance was on Ted Macks Amateur Hour Talent Show, where he sang with Carmen Miranda and Sophie Tucker. After winning a scholarship to South Eastern College, Hammond, he started his first band with school friends. By 1958 he was singing with the Syncopators, when he was asked to audition for Ace Records. Subsequently, he released his first single, Cheatin Woman, as Frankie Ford. Fellow musician Huey Piano Smith (b. 26 January 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) had previously recorded with his group the Clowns a self-penned song called Sea Cruise, but Ace persuaded him to let Ford record a new vocal over Bobby Marchams original. They also added a few extra effects such as paddle-steamer whistle blows, which altered the song enough...