Billy Ocean is the Biggest Black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. He will be performing at Dublin’s Vicar St. next May 30th. Tickets are €45 & €50 on sale now through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 390.
He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop chats including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both artist and songwriter
Born in Trinidad Billy settled in London’s East End when just Seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke as well as pop groups like The Beatles and Rolling Stones 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 twenty singles followed; Love on Delivery and Stop me then Red light spells Danger became a smash in both the UK and US
Billy changed record labels and his move to Jive Records provided instant success with the million selling American number one single Caribbean Queen (for which Billy won a Grammy for best R&B Vocal) followed by Loverboy, and then Suddenly became the first of the mans killer ballads The Album from which these singles came from spent a year in the US Charts selling double platinum (triple in Canada) Billy also performed on the American half of Live Aid making 1985 a truly incredible year for him.
1986 wasn’t bad either Opening with When the Going gets Tough (the tough gets going) the anthemic theme song to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner/Danny Devito movie Jewel of the Nile. Billy then launched the Love Zone album
And it went straight to No 2 in the UK chats staying in the top 40 for six months
In the US there was a Number 1 single with There’ll be sad songs (to make you cry)
More Hits were to follow with the now classic Get Outta my Dreams; Get into my car giving Billy yet another US No 1
More hits followed as Billy also proved himself one of the most hardworking artists on the live stage, Touring the world to ever growing enthusiastic audiences,
With a Young family at home Billy decided to take a break to spend some well earned time with them. Now they are all grown up its time for him to get out and play all the hits and also start work on new songs for an album .Watch this space!!
Billy Ocean & His Band play Dublin’s Vicar St. on Sun 30th May 2010. Tickets €45 & €50 including fees now available.Ticketmaster on 0818 719 300 or www.ticketmaster.ie