"Ebb Tide" is a popular song, written in 1953 by the lyricist Carl Sigman and composer Robert Maxwell. An instrumental version by organist Kenneth W. Griffinwas played in the fifth season premiere of the TV drama Mad Men.
The song's build up is to illustrate the ocean waves coming in and out to and from the shores, due to those Ebb Tides.
- The best-known versions are by Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra (1953), Vic Damone (1953), Roy Hamilton (1954), Frank Sinatra (1958), The Platters(1960), Lenny Welch (1964) and the Righteous Brothers (1965). The Righteous Brothers vocal version was the most successful, peaking at #5 in the US. Bobby Hatfield sang the lead on this song, and it was the final song that Phil Spector produced for the Righteous Brothers before they departed. This was a followup to the hit song "Unchained Melody" which was also recorded by Roy Hamilton.
- Sergio Franchi recorded this song at Webster Hall for his 1964 RCA Victor album The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi.
- In 1966 Italian pop star Mina recorded a version for her Studio Uno 66 album
- Jerry Colonna, Earl Grant, Matt Monro, Santo & Johnny and The Del-Satins featuring Johnny Maestro also recorded versions. In 1968 Ella Fitzgeraldrecorded it on her Columbia album, "30 by Ella".
- Ebb Tide was the intended A-side of a single by David Rose & His Orchestra. The Stripper, which became a number one hit, was the B-side.
- Ebb Tide was also covered by Erasure in 2003 in their album Other People's Songs.
- Ebb Tide appears as a hidden track on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's 2006 album The Letting Go.
- A trumpet instrumental version is played by two clowns at the end of Federico Fellini's I clowns