Phil Phillips (b. 14 March 1931), an American singer and songwriter best known for his 1959 hit "Sea of Love". He was born John Phillip Baptiste, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Phillips was a member of the Gateway Quartet and a bellhop before he recorded "Sea of Love". The song was arranged and produced by Eddie Shuler for neighbor George Khoury's label. After three months of work on the arrangement, building up the vocal group and trying out different musicians, the song was ready for release. It sold heavily and was leased to Mercury Records.