The Honeydrippers – Sea of Love

I immediately liked this song when I heard it in 1985 where it peaked at #3 on the Billboard 100. The song originally was done by s Phil Phillips and he took it to #1 in 1959. I knew Robert Plant wanted to distance himself from the hard sounds of Led Zeppelin when I heard this. This version of the Honeydrippers included Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. The members were…
Robert Plant – vocals
Jimmy Page – guitars
Jeff Beck – guitars
Paul Shaffer – keyboard
Nile Rodgers – guitar, co-producer
Wayne Pedzwater – bass
Dave Weckl – drums
Brian Setzer – guitar
Keith “Bev” Smith – Drums

From Songfacts.

Robert Plant was actually quite horrified with this song’s success for The Honeydrippers. The A-side was “Rockin’ At Midnight,” a cover of Elvis’ “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” with “Sea of Love” as the B-side. But the single got flipped. Plant feared that this would destroy his reputation and he would be typecast as a crooner, so he deliberately cut off the career of the Honeydrippers. He was toying with the idea of bringing them back in the 21st century with Ahmet Ertegün, but at the latter’s passing Plant put the idea on permanent hold.


“Sea Of Love”
Do you remember when we met?
That’s the day I knew you were my pet
I wanna tell you how much I love you

Come with me, my love, to the sea
The sea of love
I wanna tell you just how much I love you
Come with me to the sea of love

Do you remember when we met?
Oh, that’s the day I knew you were my pet
I wanna tell you, oh, how much I love you

Come with me to the sea of love
Come with me, my love, to the sea
The sea of love
I wanna tell you just how much I love you
I wanna tell you, oh, how much I love you

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

6 thoughts on “The Honeydrippers – Sea of Love”

  1. How cool…I didn’t know all these heavy weights were in The Honeydrippers. I do recall Jimmy Page being in it. I think Plants vocals are boss. In fact–this is just me–but I wish he would have done more crooning. I’ve never been a huge Led Zeppelin fan, though I was in the minority back in the day. The new generation isn’t that big on Zeppelin either. They’ve finally run their course. I do love Zeppelin II and Physical Graffiti.

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    1. I know the Punks hated them and Pink Floyd probably the most… It was just something about them that put me off. I do like a lot of their albums. I like those two and Led Zeppelin III when they went more toward the acoustic…Tangerine and songs like that.

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      1. I luv some Pink floyd, always thought they were far superior to Zep, still do, but that’s just my opinion and what makes music great. Different things appeal to different people. (And as I’ve mentioned to you somewhere before, even some Floyd I found rather overly self-indulgent and underly-listenable.) I really like this song,btw… was so surprised when Plant came out with it. And I never knew Paul shaffer was in there

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      2. I really like it also. I don’t know what it is about Zeppelin that I can’t connect to like some people. This song is nice…I went out and bought the single at the time.


  2. Ha! True. I love Pink Floyd though. My 20 year old daughter is big into Punk. She thinks of herself as one…She’s NOT. What self respecting punk has a 3.8 GPA? She love Pink Floyd too. Doesn’t get into Zeppelin though.
    Did you see Plant and Page when they came to Nashville? 98 I think is was. Really good show. How about The Stones in 98 at Vanderbilt stadium? Oh man! I was there. Down on the field in the fold up chairs with the Country stars. Joe Diffe was in front of us. Travis Tritt and… oh, I can’t think of his buddy…Marty Stewart…were across the isle. My husband worked for The Big 98 FM back then and Dean Warfield hooked us up with some amazing tickets. Don’t mean to brag but when they extended the stage (hydraulics) I was about 4 feet from Keith Richards. And–get this–I started the chorus chant for Sympathy for the Devil. Okay, I’m out and embarrassed. Ha!

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    1. I was at the Vanderbilt Stones show also… Steve Forbert of all people was sitting behind me… Marty Stuart I heard is a great guy. You did have a great spot to watch…and to start the chant…that is cool.

      I also saw the Stones at Church Hill Downs a few years later. The Vandy show was better.

      I missed Plant and Page…I wish I would have got to see them. I did see Pink Floyd in the nineties at Vanderbilt. A friend of mine got some tickets. I was never a huge fan of them but I wished I could have seen them with Roger Waters…loved hearing David Gilmour play guitar.

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