Night Music: Frankie Ford, “Sea Cruise”

Huey Piano Smith wrote the tune. It has since been covered by a Hall of Fame of rock and rollers. But Frankie Ford had the first hit. Here it is from the American Graffiti soundtrack, to make plain that there is nothing obscure here.

But I bring it up tonight because some Red Sox fan adapted it to praise Koji Uehara, a slight but especially effective Japanese hurler who saved the Red Sox tonight against Detroit, getting five important outs to close out a game that gave the Sox a 3-2 series lead. “Sea Cruise” is great rock, but it also qualifies as a bit of a novelty, which is why it seems perfectly apt to feature this BoSox adaptation:

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