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Billy Ocean

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Miami Vice Performer
Born
January 21, 1950, Fyzabad, Trinidad
Active
1972-present


Leslie Sebastian Charles (born January 21, 1950, Fyzabad, Trinidad) is a Grammy Award singer and songwriter known as Billy Ocean whose song "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" appeared in the episode "The Prodigal Son" of the show Miami Vice.

Career

He was born in Trinidad-Tobago and moved with his family to England in 1958. Charles adopted the name Billy Ocean when he lived in Trinidad and began using it in his singing career. Ocean's first album, Billy Ocean, was released in 1976 and his single, "Love Really Hurts Without You", reached the Billboard Top 40, but his next chart success didn't arrive until his 1984 album Suddenly, which included "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)", his first #1 single, and two other songs, "Suddenly" and "Loverboy", reached the Top 10. He also performed at Live Aid in 1985 and received a Grammy for "Caribbean Queen". His 1986 album Love Zone featured another #1, "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)", and two more Top 10s, "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" (also the theme to the movie Jewel of the Nile) and "Love Is Forever". His final #1 came off the 1988 album Tear Down These Walls, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car", but that was his last major chart success. In 2002 the University of Westminster awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate in Music, and he continues to tour and record in England.

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