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Billy Ocean
Background information
Birth name Leslie Sebastian Charles
Born 21 January 1950 (1950-01-21) (age 69)
Fyzabad, Trinidad
Origin Romford, London, England
Genres R&B, funk, 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) 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.

On 20 October 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. His title was presented by Sir Paul McCartney.

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
AUS
CAN
FIN
GER
NLD
NZ
SWE
SWI
US
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
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: 3× Platinum
  • US: 2× Platinum
Love Zone
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Jive
2 8 3 10 33 7 8 7 16 6
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • US: 2× Platinum
Tear Down These Walls
  • Released: January 1988
  • Label: Jive
3 13 8 24 17 18 7 14 10 18
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
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

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