Billy Ocean closes out summer series at ‘The Fred’
Billy Ocean is the most successful British black male artist that Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.
He has collected numerous Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the No. 1 spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.
Born in Trinidad, Billy settled in London’s East End when just seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon was turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The 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 the US.
Billy changed record labels and his move to Jive Records provided instant success, with the million-selling American No. 1 single “Caribbean Queen” (for which Billy won a Grammy for best R&B Vocal), followed by “Loverboy,” and “Suddenly,” which became the first of Billy’s 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 theme song to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner/Danny Devito movie “Jewel of the Nile.” Billy then launched the Love Zone album, which went straight to No. 2 in the UK charts, staying in the top 40 for six months. In the US, there was a No. 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 No. 1 hit in the US.
More hits followed as Billy also proved himself to be one of the most hardworking artists on the live stage, touring the world to ever-growing enthusiastic audiences.
After huge worldwide success and with a young family at home, Billy decided to take a break to spend some well-earned time with them. In 2007, with the kids all grown, Billy went back out on tour to perform his hits again, this time with his daughter Cherie on backing vocals, with live dates in the UK and Europe, USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. The tour was a great success and culminated in his getting the bug once again for writing and recording. 2008 saw Billy back in the studio for the first time in 15 years, recording his brand new album Because I Love You - which was released in 2009.
Reserved and Lawn seats are still available for the show and may be purchased by calling 770-631-0630 Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. or online at amphitheater.org. Tickets range from $45 - $44 for reserved seating and $40 for lawn.