March 14, 1926 – March 14, 2020
Philip Baptiste was born on March 14, 1926 in Crowley, LA and passed away on March 14, 2020 in Lake Charles , LA.
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April 4, 2020
Wow. I was a little white boy (maybe 14) who had a job at a radio station in Ville Platte LA. I knew all the hits from 1955 on and this was about 1976. My dad - a musician who could write music - often spoke of Phil Phillips. They were professional acquaintances. One evening, Mr. Phillips and his young sleepy daughter came to the house for my father to transpose some music for him. I was like: wait! You’re Phil Phillips? Sea of Love? He chuckled, yeah. I almost asked: why aren’t you a millionaire? Right. I knew the answer. He is a millionaire (not dollars but something better) in my mind. He sat in my humble living room...also humble to ask a friend for help to record another potentially great song. That was 45 years ago, but I’ll never forget seeing his face, and wondering the name of his little, braided hair daughter, asleep in my living room. The rest of the story doesn’t need to go here [family, yanks from up north who didn’t have a clue to racial issues in the south. The innocence - great!] But I am sorry for your loss. But have it on good faith, bet ya' a million dollars you'll see him again!
March 29, 2020
Fond memories along with your beautiful voice linger and we miss you dearly. Always thinking of you, your loving family.