Label: Sony music
Billy Ocean，这位在70年代末期开始成名的英国流行灵魂乐歌手，一出道就以”Love Really Hurts Without You”
夺得英国榜亚军，美国榜第12名的佳绩，接著在80年代初期更以"Caribbean Queen","Suddenly","There'll be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)","Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"荣登英美排行榜的冠军，掳获全球千千万万歌迷的心房，在英美排行榜成绩上独占鳌头!这位拥有多座葛莱美奖、多张白金唱片、多首排行榜冠军单曲及无数场销售一空的现场演唱会歌手。对于擅长演绎流行灵魂乐及抒情歌曲的比利欧生来说，他所演唱过的抒情浪漫歌曲一直都让人感动，从"Suddenly", "There'll Be Love Songs (To Make You Cry), "Love Is Forever", "The Colour Of Love"等首首都唱出了恋人们心中的想望、心甘情愿的付出、痴心及痛苦!
The Very Best of Billy Ocean features a collection of his most memorable and chart topping tracks from the 70s and 80s, including all of his best-loved singles such as "When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)" released in 1986 as the theme song to the movie Jewel of the Nile. Also on the album is "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" which earned Billy a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal, and hits "Red Light Spells Danger", "Love Really Hurts Without You", "Suddenly" and "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car".
He was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Grenadian parents, and moved to Romford, Essex, England with his family at the age of eight. Ocean's musical influence came at an early age of his life, as his father was a musician, and realised he was in line to follow those ambitions as he was growing up. During his teenage years, he sang regularly in London clubs while also working as a tailor in London's Savile Row.
He released his first single in 1972 on Spark Records as Les Charles.
He took his stage name from the Ocean Estate, Stepney, where he was living at the time . In 1976, he recorded his first album, Billy Ocean, with its first single release, "Love Really Hurts Without You," charting at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and number 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 (see below). More successes ensued, including "L.O.D. (Love On Delivery)".
He also wrote songs for other artists. In 1981, he scored the U.S. R&B chart with "Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)".
Ocean's period of greatest success began with Suddenly during 1984, and its main single, "Caribbean Queen".
The song's title and lyrics were changed for different regions, such that the song is also known as "African Queen" or "European Queen". The song won Ocean the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 1985 Grammy Awards. The album's title track also became a success, peaking at #4 in both the US and the UK and the song "Loverboy", while also being a #2 US success in 1985 was also featured in the very first scene of the popular UK BBC One TV series, Casualty, in 1986.
Ocean appeared at Live Aid in 1985, singing "Caribbean Queen" and "Loverboy", from the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His 1986 album Love Zone also sold well. It included the successful singles "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" (the theme from the film The Jewel of the Nile); this was a number one success in the UK and a number two in the U.S.; and "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" (a U.S. number one, and also a major UK success). Also included were the title track and "Love Is Forever", which were #10 and #16 U.S. successes for Ocean, respectively.
In February 1986, Ocean's video of "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" was banned by the BBC, owing to non-union members (including Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito) miming to backing vocals.
Ocean's next album, Tear Down These Walls (1988) featured another number one single, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car", while the album was certified platinum.
His 1993 album Time to Move On failed to produce any major successes, but his 1989 Greatest Hits collection has been a steady seller over the years, and his 1997 compilation Love Is For Ever made #7 on the UK album chart. Ocean's last studio album for Jive Records was Time to Move On, which he recorded in Chicago with R&B star R. Kelly. It turned out that R. Kelly had been a long-time admirer of the way Ocean was able to mix the more emotive soul style with a crossover popular style.
In 2002, the University of Westminster in London awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music.The awards ceremony took place in the Barbican Centre, in London. He continues to tour and record in Europe. He lives in Sunningdale, Berkshire with his wife of 27 years, Judy; and their three children Cherie, Antony and Rachel.
Ocean is now a patron for Tech Music Schools in London, made up of Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech. He regularly visits to hold clinics and seminars for the students.
In 2004, "Caribbean Queen" was re-released as a digital single for its 20th anniversary, shooting up to #25 on the Billboard digital singles chart and garnering radio play across the US and UK. A remix of the single by Will.I.Am was released in 2005, and it later appeared on Pitchfork's "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s" countdown, at #87.
In October 2007, Ocean commenced his first UK tour in over 15 years. In February and March 2008 he toured Australia and the Far East. His album, Because I Love You was released on 2 February 2009. To coincide with this tour and album launch, Ocean worked with Adoseof Design on a revision of Ocean's website.
In April 2010, an eighteen track compilation album was released in the UK by Sony Music entitled The Very Best of Billy Ocean, to tie in with a thirty date tour of the UK and Ireland. Featuring Ocean's biggest hits, the album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number 17.
On 20 October 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards
01. When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)
03. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
04. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
05. Love Really Hurts Without You
06. Red Light Spells Danger
07. Stop Me (If You've Heard It All Before)
08. There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
10. L.O.D. (Love On Delivery)
11. The Long & Winding Road
12. Love Is Forever
13. Calypso Crazy
14. Are You Ready
15. Bitter Sweet
16. Mystery Lady
17. Love Zone
18. The Colour Of Love