Billy Ocean

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Billy Ocean
Background information
Birth name Leslie Sebastian Charles
Born 21 January 1950 (1950-01-21) (age 64)
Fyzabad, Trinidad
Origin Romford, London, England
Genres Rhythm and blues, pop, soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, steel drums, guitar
Years active 1972–present
Labels GTO, Epic, Jive, Aqua Music

Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles; 21 January 1950)[1][2] is a songwriter, recording artist and musician. He was born in Fyzabad, Trinidad to Grenadan parents. He has many hit singles. Most were put out in the 1980s. He was the most popular British-based R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.[3]

On 20 October 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards.[4]

On 29 July 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. His title was presented by Sir Paul McCartney.

Studio albums[change | change source]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
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AUS
[6]
CAN
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FIN
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GER
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NLD
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NZ
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SWE
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SWI
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US
[14]
Billy Ocean
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: GTO
City Limit
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: GTO
Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: GTO / Epic
152
Inner Feelings
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Epic
Suddenly
  • Released: 12 September 1984
  • Label: Jive
9 13 14 10 43 23 35 9
Love Zone
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Jive
2 8 3 10 33 7 8 7 16 6
Tear Down These Walls
  • Released: January 1988
  • Label: Jive
3 13 8 24 17 18 7 14 10 18
Time to Move On
  • Released: March 1993
  • Label: Jive
81
Because I Love You
  • Released: 2 February 2009
  • Label: Aqua Music
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released in that country

References[change | change source]

  1. Biography on his official website
  2. Allmusic biography - accessed January 2008
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 402–403. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. Reuters. "Tinie Tempah, JLS Big Winners At MOBO Awards". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/events/tinie-tempah-jls-big-winners-at-mobo-awards-1004123325.story#/events/tinie-tempah-jls-big-winners-at-mobo-awards-1004123325.story. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  5. "UK Charts > Billy Ocean". Official Charts Company. http://www.theofficialcharts.com/artist/_/billy%20ocean//. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  6. "CAN Charts > Billy Ocean". RPM. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=5gtksk1er11s8bda620pobg4f2&q1=Billy+Ocean&q2=&interval=200. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  7. Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 227. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. "Charts.de - Albums - Billy Ocean" (in German). charts.de Media Control. http://www.charts.de/ersuche.asp?kategorie=chart&interpret_suche=billy+ocean&titel_suche=&jahr=&cat=a. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  9. "Dutch Charts > Billy Ocean" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl Hung Medien. http://dutchcharts.nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Billy+Ocean. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  10. "NZ Charts > Billy Ocean". charts.org.nz Hung Medien. http://charts.org.nz/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Billy+Ocean. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  11. "Swedish Charts > Billy Ocean". swedishcharts.com Hung Medien. http://www.swedishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Billy+Ocean. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  12. "Swiss Charts > Billy Ocean" (in German). swisscharts.com Hung Medien. http://swisscharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Billy+Ocean. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  13. Billy Ocean on Billboard 200 chart:
  14. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  15. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "CAN Certifications > Billy Ocean". Music Canada. http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=&ica=False&sa=Billy%20Ocean&sl=&smt=0&sat=-1&ssb=Artist. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  16. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "US Certifications > Billy Ocean". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=%22Ocean,%20Billy%22&format=Album&go=Search&perPage=25. Retrieved 2012-01-21.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Billy Ocean at Wikimedia Commons