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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 pop hits during his mid-'80s commercial peak. Born Leslie Charles in Trinidad on January 21, 1950, Ocean moved to England at the age of eight, and by his teenage years was singing regularly in London clubs. During this time, Ocean paid the bills by working as a tailor, but continued to pen songs and perform; he 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," which peaked on the U.K. singles chart at number two and at number 22 in the U.S. Ocean continued to issue albums, including City Limit (1980), Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (1981), and Inner Feelings (1982). "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, were sizeable hits. He also began penning songs for other artists, including a track on LaToya Jackson's 1980 self-titled debut.

Breakthrough success was just around the corner for Ocean. He scored a massive hit single in 1984 with "Caribbean Queen," a track that shot to the top of the U.S. pop chart and went Top Ten in the U.K. 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. Parent album Suddenly was certified double platinum, helped by additional hits like "Loverboy" and the ballad "Suddenly." 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" (the theme song to the movie Jewel of the Nile), and "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)." Ocean scored another number one single in 1988 with "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," taken from the platinum Tear Down These Walls.

Afterward, Ocean stepped away from the industry to spend time with his family. His studio time decreased drastically. Time to Move On, released in 1993 and featuring collaborations with labelmate R. Kelly, was his fourth and final album for Jive. During the next 20 years, he made only a couple additional albums, though he did continue to perform at festivals and as a headlining act on a regular basis. 2009 saw a return to the studio for Ocean, to record Because I Love You, his first album for 15 years. In 2010, the MOBO Awards honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 2016 saw Ocean appearing on television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote the double-album Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean. Not only a best-of, however, the album also included a CD of his interpretations of classic songs that had been important to him throughout his life. Included were masterworks such as Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," and Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," among others. ~ Greg Prato
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Track List: Greatest Hits

3. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)

5. Loverboy

6. Suddenly

7. Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car

8. Love Zone

9. Here's To You

11. The Colour Of Love

12. Tear Down These Walls

13. Mystery Lady

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Track List: Tear Down These Walls

1. Tear Down These Walls

2. Gun For Hire

3. Stand And Deliver

4. The Colour Of Love

5. Calypso Crazy

6. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car

7. Soon As You're Ready

8. Pleasure

9. Because Of You

10. Here's To You

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Track List: Suddenly

1. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)

2. Mystery Lady

3. Syncopation

4. The Long Winding Road

5. Loverboy

7. Dancefloor

8. If I Should Lose You

9. Suddenly

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Billy Ocean!! We did the two steps with Billy Ocean... no more love on the run... LOL...
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Love this station bring back memories ❤️❤️❤️
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I LOVE Billy O....He's awesome!!
used to dance all night!! LOL

MORE Billy Ocean!!1
YES!!!

0;o))))
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amcarroll103
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Billy Ocean wow! Dude was everywhere in the 80s! Classic hits!
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You guys will laugh when I tell you I played the tape of his music constantly - in fact, so often that my kids (they were 14 and 7 in 1984-5) took it away and hid it from me so they wouldn't have to hear it anymore. )
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wns247
I love Billy Ocean!!!!
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Priceless music!
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Love him &his music
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Love Billy!!!!!
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I heard he owns an island.
Which would make sense to me....
Great high school memories
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dominique130 8
Still waiting on my loverboy!!!
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clubmad
Yeah good song but what is tough, there is no tough if u know how to deal with idiots. Hehehehehe !!!!
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I saw him on MTV today, and it was a kind of feeling. He played Caribbean Queen and when the going gets tough. and he performed with his suit!
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So smooth.
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Ah the memories :)
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One of the great ones!!!
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I love Billy Ocean
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I love you Billy !!!!
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I have always loved Billy Ocean's music and never knew until 2 years ago, I've been involved and in love with one of his cousins for the past 7 1/2 years. They have the same loving spirits. Love u Billy !!!
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Suddenly was my childhood fav!!!!!
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A great one
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Great music...take s me back to many memories.
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So talented
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Amazing flashbacks
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This takes me back to the first rainey day in my first foster home in Cali...still brings tears to my eyes....
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oh yeah, i bought a cassette back in the day, LOVE ZONE is just one of the best sexiest songs of all time and I SLEEP MUCH BETTER was on the one that i bought
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svanka
Such a beautiful soulful voice. Truly gifted...
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Brings back lots of fond good times hanging out on south street in phily....
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Bug time hit
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leenette41
I love all his song
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classic song
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Thank You for this beautiful song!
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Simply the best
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empleoghetto 1
Great singer and songwriter. timeless.... . . .
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Billy Ocean still has that magical soulful voice. His DC concert was amazing!
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One of my favorite singers: UNDER RATED! Love you Billy Ocean!
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Back in The Day, this was the S**T!
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Thank you much.
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I can never forget Billy, his songs helped me greatly when I wanted to improve my english speaking skill! Along with other artist, like Richie, Wonder, Marley, and many more. God bless and wish you the best.
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I was 5-6 years old when this came out. It was in heavy rotation in our household. Songs take me back to my childhood. #chilling
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I Remember when Caribbean Queen came out,I said dam who's singing that song.
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Only person who love more you has a home in heaven.
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Love this Song!!!!❤❤❤❤
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Love zone.... what a timeless song. Billy you knocked it out the park.
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She dashed by me in painted on jeans.
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back in time
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Billy ocean you were the best, and hallway's be in the 80's. Andrew
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the tough get rough!
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Great music...
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