Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Trinidad, West Indies. Raised in England, Ocean worked as a session singer simultaneously with his employment at the Dagenham Ford Motor Company plant, before being signed by the GTO label as a solo artist. His early UK hits included the number 2 singles Love Really Hurts Without You (1976) and Red Light Spells Danger (1977), two purposeful, if derivative, performances. The singers subsequent releases fared less well, and for four years between 1980 and 1984, Ocean was absent from the UK charts. Paradoxically, it was during this period that he began to win an audience in America. Ocean lived there for a time at the turn of the decade and several R&B successes prepared the way for Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run), his first national US pop number 1. Now signed to the Jive Records label, this million-selling 1984 single introduced an impressive run of hits, including two...
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