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Music Storytellers - BILLY OCEAN
Music Storytellers - BILLY OCEAN Photo

ALBUMS:
1980 City Limit
1981 Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
1982 Inner Feelings
1984 Suddenly
1986 Love Zone
1988 Tear Down These Walls
1993 Time to Move On
2002 Emotions In Motion
2009 Because I Love You

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 teen-aged 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 OnL.I.F.E., and Showdown failed to spawn hits.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/billy-ocean-mn0000089058

| Closed on 05/01/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
6 Fans 
17%a. 10 ( Great Artist )
50%b. 7-9 ( Liked most of this music )
0%c. 5-6 ( Liked some of his music )
17%d. 1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)
17%e. I Don't like the Ocean....give me the Pool any day!

  
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#1 | 385 days ago

What in the world happened to Billy Ocean?

Is he doing his George Clinton impersonation??  surprise

This is him, today!


1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#2 | 385 days ago

I like Billy Ocean                                                                                                                                yes

too many songs to list but just a couple comes to mind  ....       Suddenly
                                                                                                     Carribean Queen
                                                                                                     Get Outa My Dreams and Into My Car
He's a great artist                                     
10 ( Great Artist )  
#3 | 385 days ago

Liked a lot of his songs....most of em were popular my senior year in college and all 4 yrs in med school
7-9 ( Liked most of this music )  
#4 | 383 days ago

what is that last option? fail.
7-9 ( Liked most of this music )  
#5 | 383 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
what is that last option? fail.
You shut your dirty whore mouth!   I'm trying to be creative with the last option!

From now on, I am going to call you out on ALL of your FE options!   And you will take it, without any backlash, like the good little girl that you wish you were!


cheeky
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#6 | 383 days ago

Only 1 of his I like " One of those Nights"
#7 | 383 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
Only 1 of his I like " One of those Nights"
Really?

You don't like:


Get Out of My Dreams, Get into my Car

Caribbean Queen

When The Going Gets Tough (the tough get going)

Suddenly

Loverboy
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#8 | 383 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Really?

You don't like:


Get Out of My Dreams, Get into my Car

Caribbean Queen

When The Going Gets Tough (the tough get going)

Suddenly

Loverboy
Isnt that from the Jewel of the Nile? Just didnt rub me like other ballards do, i apologize wink
#9 | 383 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
Nick__ wrote:
You shut your dirty whore mouth!   I'm trying to be creative with the last option!

From now on, I am going to call you out on ALL of your FE options!   And you will take it, without any backlash, like the good little girl that you wish you were!


cheeky
Uh, I get called out on my options all of the time. Try harder.

Hmm, good little girl? I'm no good at being good ;)
7-9 ( Liked most of this music )  
#10 | 383 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
Isnt that from the Jewel of the Nile? Just didnt rub me like other ballards do, i apologize wink
hahaha!  No need to apologize
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#11 | 383 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Uh, I get called out on my options all of the time. Try harder.

Hmm, good little girl? I'm no good at being good ;)
Hmm, good little girl? I'm no good at being good ;)


That's what I like about you!
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#12 | 383 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Hmm, good little girl? I'm no good at being good ;)


That's what I like about you!
perbett
7-9 ( Liked most of this music )  
#13 | 383 days ago

I have Caribbean Queen on my ipod and listen to it alot at work. I loved the video for Get Out of My Dreams... when I was a kid with the cartoon animations. I'm not really familiar with most of his work, but he seems like a nice guy.
7-9 ( Liked most of this music )  
#14 | 383 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
perbett
Prude!
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#15 | 382 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Prude!
I get a lot of that.
7-9 ( Liked most of this music )  

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