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Billy Ocean has maintained a 30-odd-year career in music, but he'll be forever defined by the sliver of time between 1984 and 1988 when he had his biggest successes. Perhaps that’s fair. After all, it’s easy to argue that “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going,” “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car,” and “Loverboy” are the best songs he ever made. While most Billy Ocean collections are willing to settle for those four years, Love Is for Ever is superior because it takes a broader view, devoting its first disc to the obvious hits and the second disc to everything that gets ignored—specifically, the music made before and after that four-year run. It turns out Ocean made some pretty spectacular songs before the '80s took shape. 1976’s “Love Really Hurts Without You” might be the all-time best Motown song that isn’t a Motown song, while “Nights (Feel Like Gettin’ Down),” “Stay the Night,” and “Are You Ready” belong in the same league as anything from Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall.


Born: January 21, 1950 in Fyzabad, Trinidad, West Indies

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Billy Ocean was one of the first Caribbean singers to be embraced by MTV, resulting in a string of Top Ten pop hits during his mid-'80s commercial peak. Born Leslie Charles in Trinidad on January 21, 1950, Ocean moved to England at the age of eight, and by his teenage years was singing regularly in London clubs. During this time, Ocean paid the bills by working as a tailor, but continued to pen songs and perform; he he issued an obscure debut single in 1974 under the name of Scorched Earth. But by...
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L.I.F.E. (Love Is for Ever), Billy Ocean
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Aug 20, 1999

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