Classics: Billy Ocean – Stay The Night (GTO)
Although the vox populi most likely opted for cuts such as ‘Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’ in addition to ‘Get Out Of My Dreams’ and ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, Billy Ocean‘s repertoire was way wider than this string of commercial hits. His vocal skills allowing him to express himself in varied styles. From ballads (‘Suddenly’) to solid grooves (‘Are You Ready’, ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’. Not to mention the funky bass led ‘Stay The Night’, produced by Ken Gold. A track standing as one of the highlights of his 1980 ‘City Limit’ album.
Trinidad & Tobago-born Billy Ocean, not only happened to introduce R&B in the UK. He managed to be the #1 R&B singer in the country during the 80’s…
Although he started singing by the end of the 60’s, the road happened to be long and windy before Billy Ocean reached the R&B singer #1 status in the U.K. He most likely scored his first success back in 1976 with ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, from his eponymous debut-album. Another four years on, and he would add two extra hits by the likes of ‘Stay The Night’ and ‘Are You Ready’ to his repertoire. Two cuts from his ‘City Light’ album which saw him collaborating with Ken Gold. Himself renown for his productions for The Real Thing and Delegation among others.
‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’ the title track of his third album, following the year after. Eventually bringin’ him to get into the Billboard R&B chart, with production work courtesy of Nigel Martinez.
Ocean and Martinez then delivered ‘Calypso Funkin”. The opening track to Billy‘s fourth album, ‘Inner Feelings’, the year after. And probably its most solid groove. Meanwhile its follow up – ‘Suddenly’ – would get him to international stardom. With thanks to the memorable ‘Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)’ which marked the start of his collaboration with producer Barry J. Eastmond. A song, the title and lyrics of which happened to vary upon regions so that is also known as ‘African Queen’ or ‘European Queen’. Getting him to win the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 1985 Grammy Awards. With both the album title track and ‘Loverboy’ comforting his position at the time.
Ocean‘s 1986 ‘Love Zone’ album also happened to be a great millennium for the singer. Spanning the anthemic ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Gets Going’. A track which served as the theme from the Lewis Teague directed film ‘The Jewels Of The Nile’ featuring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. Meanwhile, his next album, ‘Tear Down These Walls’ featured another No. 1 single by the likes of ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car’ back in 1988…