Frankie Ford, born on August 4, 1939, and died September 28, 2015.
Frankie was an American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer.
He was the adopted son of Vincent and Anna Guzzo, who named him Francis Guzzo.
Frankie was born in Gretna, Louisiana, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, where he most recently resided.
Frankie had a Top 20 hit in 1959 with “Sea Cruise” (b/w “Roberta”), sung to a previously recorded Huey “Piano” Smith backing track, released on Ace Records.
The record sold over one million copies, gaining gold disc status.
He was known as the “New Orleans Dynamo”, and spent about 200 days a year on the road.
On May 16, 2010, at the Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Frankie was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Frankie died at the age of 76 on September 28, 2015 following a long illness.