Billy Ocean

~ Person

Legal name: Leslie Sebastian Charles


Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles; January 21, 1950) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian British recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s. After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, "Caribbean Queen", and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.

In 2002, the University of Westminster, London, awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music. In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. On July 29, 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney. He is a member of the Rastafari movement.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Billy Ocean 1
1980 City Limit 1
1981 Nights Feel Like Getting Down 3
1982 Inner Feelings 2
1984 Suddenly 7
1986 Love Zone 2
1988 Tear Down These Walls 2
1993 Time To Move On 1
2009 Because I Love You 1
2009 Billy Ocean / City Limit 1
2010 Very Best of Billy Ocean 1
2013 Here You Are 1
In Motion 1
Light Up the World With Sunshine 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Greatest Hits 5
1991 The Collection: 1976-1991 1
2001 Greatest Hits 1
2003 Billy Ocean Collection 1
2004 Ultimate Collection 3 2
2005 The Best of Billy Ocean 2
2007 Collections by Billy Ocean 1
2008 Love Really Hurts Without You 3
2010 The Very Best of Billy Ocean 1
Gold 1
Greatest Hits 1
L.I.F.E. (Love Is Forever) 1
Let's Get Back Together: The Love Songs of Billy Ocean 2
The Best of Billy Ocean 1
The Best of Billy Ocean 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Red Light / Sweet Memories 1
1984 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) 2
1984 Loverboy 1
1985 On The Run (The Battle Is Over) 1
1985 When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going 3
1988 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car 3

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