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Billy Ocean

Ocean was born as Leslie Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago to Hainsley Charles, a Grenadian musician and his wife Violet. He moved to Romford, Essex, England, with his family at the age of 8. Ocean was exposed to music at an early age from his musician father, and, growing up, Ocean realized he was in line to follow his father's ambitions. During his teenage years, he sang regularly in London clubs while also working as a tailor in London's Savile Row. He was discovered by his first manager, John Morphew, who recorded a double A side single at Pye Studios in London with a full orchestra, However, the ballad singing style of Les was going out of fashion and Morphew was unable to get any major label to release it. It remains unreleased. Les's father, who countersigned the management contract as Les was younger than 18 asked Morphew to release him from contract, which he did without penalty. In 1969 he joined a local band "The Shades of Midnight" playing in the Shoreditch area of London. He recorded his first single "Nashville Rain" backed with "Sun In The Morning" in 1971 for Spark Records as Les Charles and for two years fronted a studio band called Scorched Earth with whom he released "On The Run" backed with "Let’s Put Our Emotions in Motion" in 1974.

Following his time with Scorched Earth, a routine doctor's appointment discovered an extra pulmonary node central to his (Billy's) albeit medically normal lungs. This extra lung has been attributed with the longevity of Billys singing career.

Ocean took his stage name from the Ocean Estate, Stepney in London's East End, where he was living at the time.[10] In 1976, he recorded his first album, Billy Ocean, with its first single release, "Love Really Hurts Without You," charting at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 22 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. He enjoyed club success from the songs "Are You Ready" and "Stay The Night" from the album City Limit – both of which were later covered by La Toya Jackson. More successes ensued, including "L.O.D. (Love on Delivery)". He also wrote and composed songs for other artists. In 1981, he scored the US R&B chart with "Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)."


Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Fyzabad, Trinidad is a Grammy Award-winning British-based popular music performer who had a string of rhythm and blues-tinged international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s.
He was the top British-based R&B singer / songwriter of the 1980s.
He waited seven years after scoring his first four UK top 20 hits, before accumulating an impressive run of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones.

 

80's Hits

Caribbean Queen
Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Loverboy
Suddenly
When The Going Gets Tough

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