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Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean was one of the first Caribbean singers to be embraced by MTV, resulting in a string of Top Ten hits during the mid-'80s. Born Leslie Charles in Trinidad on January 21, 1950, Ocean moved to England at the age of eight, and by his teenaged years, was singing regularly in London clubs. During this time, Ocean paid the bills by working at Ford Motors, but continued to pen songs and perform, as he issued an obscure debut single in 1974 under the name of Scorched Earth. But by 1975, the singer had dropped his alias and was going by Billy Ocean, resulting in a self-titled debut that spawned the singer's first hit single, "Love Really Hurts Without You," peaking on the singles chart at number two in the United Kingdom and number 22 in the United States. Ocean continued to issue albums (1980's City Limit, 1981's Nights (Feel Like Getting Down), and 1982's Inner Feelings) plus further singles, with "L.O.D. (Love on Delivery)" and the title track from Nights (the latter of which crossed over onto the U.S. R&B charts) being sizeable hits; as he also began penning songs for other artists, including a track on LaToya Jackson's 1980 self-titled debut.

But breakthrough success was just around the corner for Ocean, as he scored a massive hit single in 1984 with "Caribbean Queen," a track that shot to the top of the charts worldwide. Depending on the region, the song's title and lyrics were changed slightly, resulting in the tune being known as "African Queen" and "European Queen" in other parts of the world, while the album it was taken from, Suddenly, was eventually certified double platinum (a few other singles, "Loverboy" and the ballad "Suddenly," were also successful). Ocean's winning streak continued with 1986's Love Zone (another double-platinum hit), which spawned a pair of hit singles: "When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" (which was used as the theme song to the movie Jewel of the Nile), which peaked at number two, and the number-one "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)." 1988 saw Ocean score another number-one single with "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," taken from the platinum album Tear Down These Walls. But afterward, the hits dried up for Ocean (although his 1989 collection, Greatest Hits, has been a steady seller over the years), as such further albums as Time to Move On, L.I.F.E., and Showdown failed to spawn hits. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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I love and miss Billy Ocean. He made so many beautiful and memorable songs, some which he wrote himself. Please record again Billy. We miss you. Your voice was so unique and beautiful.
My paternal Grandfather & I both share the same birthday in January 21, as *Billy Ocean* All these years I have loved this man's amazing voice & I just now found out about his birthday. Wow! Truly an amazing honor! ; )
I was so in love with Billy Ocean as a kid. Love your music
hey Ocean, you are one of the best with love songs!!
great lyrics in Suddenly.
He is cool i like the tempo!
When is Billie singing in Oklahoma?
Caribbean Queen!
antolyndanab a
He is awesome! Love to dance to his HITS!
Love all his songs!!!!!
Miami vice music that never goes out of style!!
I wish I was in the Caribbean on this 5 degree day!! Thanks Billy!
What a voice!!!
DANCING!!! NOW!!!!
Oh yeah, nice to hear this song this afternoon on a Friday.
dblake596
Love this song, the lyrics are so beautiful. One of my all time favorites, brings back so many memories.
Love this ... love me some Billy Ocean, and love reading his bio!!!!
Billy save this email anytime you come to Ghana try to contact me on this email alfredadi200 1 @ y a h o o . c o m
My name is Alfred billy is one of the great Caribbean musician I love so much billy God bless you more to leave more than an hundred years ok
dianaduffyot
Just saw Billy O in Marina Del Rey Cali....Amaz i n g ! ! !
wwhitediamon d
I saw him Saturday night at Delta Downs in Louisiana Great show!!!
tsands75
good stuf!
smith.katy1
I too love Billy Ocean!!!!
Yeah, I sleep much better in some one else's bed
One of the greatest singer n world
Excellent!
great dance song love this guy!
He is one of my favorite artists. I just love all of his songs. There is not another sound quite like his.
tnjackson2
I just love me Billy Ocean. What great awesome songs.
I saw him at a resort in Jamaica in 1986! AWESOME
The best
awww, this was my wedding song
make a come back! great music, real music
janinebaraja s
Love it
Billy should defintetly have a come back tour!!!
I love you BIIIIIILLLLY Y Y Y !
Wow! Ocean always had the greatest songs. thanks pandora!
Wow! Ocean always had great music. thanks pandora!
crusademan
Greatest of All Time / Awesome Music / The Best to Dance to
cneilson860
the bestest!! Pamie
Would like to meet him in person to tell him that I really love all his music forever
Love all his music !!!
Every body should listen to Mr Billy Ocean

Another career cut short!
scottvbennet t
Gimme a couple of Pina Coladas, a beach chair and some surf and Billy Ocean!
that is real music !!!!
dam his songs is good
oh yeah, I sleep so much better in someone else's bed, remember that one! LOVE ZONE!!!
longgunner30 8
They dont make music like this anymore
Love his voice!
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