Frankie Ford, the rock 'n' roll singer and pianist who had a huge hit with "Sea Cruise" died Monday in his native Louisiana.
The coroner says Ford died of natural causes at the age of 76 in his home in Gretna -- a New Orleans suburb. Mike Shepherd from the Louisiana music Hall of Fame says Ford had been confined to his bed over the summer while fighting an illness.
Ford shot to fame with his top 20 hit "Sea Cruise" in 1959.
He was known as the New Orleans Dynamo because he tirelessly toured the country, and got inducted into Louisiana's Music Hall of Fame in 2010.