Rock and roll and R&B singer Frankie Ford has died Monday at the age of 76, USA Today reports. He died of natural causes, according to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office in Louisiana.
Mike Shepherd, head of the Louisiana music Hall of Fame said that the singer had been sick for a while.
Ford is responsible for the 1959 hit "Sea Cruise," which launched him to international stardom at the age of 19, though he had been singing since he was a child. His adopted parents first brought him to New York when he was 5 years old to perform on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.
Watch Ford sing "Sea Cruise" on American Bandstand: