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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.

-- by Greg Prato of All Music Guide.

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1975Billy Ocean
1980City Limit
1981Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
1982Inner Feelings
1986Love Zone
1988Tear Down These Walls
1993Time To Move On
2002Emotions In Motion
2003Let's Get Back Together: The Love Songs Of Billy Ocean
2009Because I Love You


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1975 Billy Ocean

01. Tell Him To Move Over
02. Stop Me(if you've heard it all before)
03. Let's Put Our Emotions In Motion
04. Let's Do It All Again
05. Love Really Hurts Without You
06. Whose Little Girl Are You
07. Soul Rock
08. One Kiss Away
09. Hungry For Love
10. Eye Of A Storm
11. L. O. D. (love on delivery)

1980 City Limit

01. Stay The Night
02. What You Doing To Me
03. Who's Gonna Rock You
04. Maybe Tonight
05. City Limit
06. Are You Ready
07. Whatever Turns You On
08. Taking Chances
09. American Hearts

1981 Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)

01. Are You Ready
02. Don't Say Stop
03. Whatever Turns You On
04. Another Day Won't Matter
05. Nights (feel like getting down)
06. Who's Gonna Rock You
07. Stay The Night
08. Everlasting Love
09. Taking Chances
10. Are You Ready (12' version)
11. Stay The Night (12' version)
12. Nights (feel like getting down) [single version]
13. Another Day Won't Matter [single version]

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1982 Inner Feelings

01. Calypso Funkin'
02. Rock-A-Bye Baby
03. No Matter What
04. Dance With Me
05. I Can't Stop
06. Tryin' To Get Through To You
07. Mind Games
08. Was It You
09. Inner Feelings
10. Smile
11. Somebody
12. City Limit (alternative version)
13. Calypso Funkin' (single version)
14. Was It You (single version)
15. Inner Feelings (single version)

1984 Suddenly

01. Caribbean Queen
02. Mystery Lady
03. Syncopation
04. The Long And Winding Road
05. Loverboy
06. Lucky Man
07. Dance Floor
08. If I Should Lose You
09. Suddenly

1986 Love Zone

01. When The Going Gets Tough
02. Love Zone
03. Without You
04. There'll Be Sad Songs
05. Bitter Sweet
06. It's Never Too Late To Try
07. Showdown
08. Promise Me
09. Love Is Forever

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1988 Tear Down These Walls

01. Tear Down These Walls
02. Gun For Hire
03. Stand And Deliver
04. The Colour Of Love
05. Calypso Crazy
06. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
07. Soon As You're Ready
08. Pleasure
09. Because Of You
10. Here's To You

1993 Time To Move On

01. Pick Up The Pieces, Put It Back
02. Pressure
03. Upside Down
04. Everyday Sunshine
05. Stand Up, Stand Up
06. The World Wants To Dance
07. Time To Move On
08. Rose
09. Can We Go 'Round Again
10. Everything's So Different Without You
11. I'll Be There For You
12. On Your Knees

2002 Emotions In Motion

01. Love Really Hurts Without You
02. Emotions In Motion
03. On The Run (the battle is over)
04. Whose Little Girl Are You
05. He Ain't As Black As He's Painted
06. What's Gonna Happen To Our Love
07. Wild Beautiful Woman
08. Light Up The World With Sunshine
09. Can You Feel It
10. Eye Of A Storm
11. Hungry For Love
12. Super Woman, Super Lover
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2003 Let's Get Back Together: The Love Songs Of Billy Ocean

01. Everything's So Different Without You
02. Suddenly
03. There'll Be Sad Songs
04. Love Is Forever
05. Colour Of Love
06. The Long And Winding Road
07. Let's Get Back Together
08. Baby, Can I Hold You
09. Promise Me
10. Here's To You
11. Because Of You
12. Rose
13. Our Love Will Survive
14. Three Little Birds
15. Can We Go 'Round Again?

2009 Because I Love You

01. Everything To Me
02. Baby Don't Go
03. Happy Refrain
04. I Remember
05. My Lady
06. The Question Is
07. Because I Love You
08. Can't Take It
09. Tenderness
10. Father Returns
11. Rastafari
12. Boogie

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