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Billy Ocean

Trinidadian recording artist

Billy Ocean

Trinidadian recording artist
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birthday
21st
January, 1950
Birth Place
Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago, British Windward Islands
Birth Sign
aquarius
Biography

Leslie Sebastian Charles, MBE (born 21 January 1950), known professionally as Billy Ocean, is a Trinidadian-English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular Trinidadian-British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s. After scoring his first four UK Top 20 singles including two #2 hits in 1976 and 1977, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three US No. 1’s. His 1985 hit “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist. His 1988 hit “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” reached No. 1 in the US and No. 3 in the UK. His 1986 hit “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” also reached No. 1 in the US.
In 2002, the University of Westminster, London, awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music. In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. On 29 July 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney. He is a member of the Rastafari movement.

instruments played
drums
Guitar
steel
Vocals
Birth Name

Leslie Sebastian Charles

Genres

Rhythm and blues pop soul reggae

Labels

GTO Epic Jive Aqua Music

Occupations

Singer-songwriter

Origin

Romford, London, England

Website
Years Active

1969 present

Name

Billy Ocean

Nationality

United Kingdom

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