Billy Ocean (real name: Leslie Sebastian Charles) was born in Trinidad, and moved with his family to London when he was 10 years old. He started his musical career in 1969, and had some R&B hits on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1970s.

Ocean’s career really took off in 1984 with the release of Caribbean Queen, which reached #1 in the U.S. and won a Grammy in 1985.

Here is the music video for Caribbean Queen:

He followed that up with Suddenly, which peaked at #4 on the U.S. charts in 1985:

Later in 1985, Billy Ocean’s Loverboy leapt to #2:

Later that same year, Ocean’s When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going) was the theme song for the Romancing The Stone sequel, Jewel of the Nile. The song was a #1 hit in the U.K., #2 in the U.S.

From 1986, here’s the video for There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry):

Billy Ocean’s last big hit of the 1980s was 1988’s Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car:

Billy Ocean is still performing today, with a U.K. tour scheduled for March and April 2017.


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