Billy Ocean was born Leslie Sebastian Charles on 21 January 1950. He is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian #British
recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s & 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B #singersongwriter
of the early to mid-1980s.
After scoring his 1st four UK Top 20 successes, 7 years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including 3 U.S. number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the #GrammyAward
for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, "Caribbean Queen", and in 1987 was nominated for the #BritAward
for Best British Male.
In 2002, the University of Westminster #London
, awarded #BillyOcean
an honorary doctorate of music. In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the #MOBOawards
On 29 July 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the #Liverpool
Institute for #PerformingArts
, presented to him by Sir @PaulMcCartney
He is a member of the #Rastafari
movement and he is the biggest black recording star #Britain
has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.
He has collected a pile of #Gold
records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, #Australia #Germany #Holland
, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an #artist
and a songwriter
Born in #Trinidad
, Billy settled in London’s #EastEnd
when he was just 7 years old. The #calypso
crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like #OtisRedding
, as well as pop groups like #TheBeatles
, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room.
Billy got his first break when he signed to GTO records, for whom his second single was the Motown-ish “Love Really Hurts Without You”, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US. Two top 20 singles followed; Love on Delivery and Stop Me, then Red Light Spells Danger became a smash in both the UK and the US.
Billy changed record labels and his move to #JiveRecords
provided instant success, with the million selling American number 1 single Caribbean Queen