Caribbean Queen Billy Ocean



” Caribbean Queen (No more love on the run)” is by Billy Ocean ( Leslie Sebastian Charles ), the Trinidadian-born English recording artist.
The song was written by Billy Ocean and Keith Diamond. Production for the single was done by Keith Diamond who has worked with such artists as Donna Summer, Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, Mick Jagger and Don Johnson.
The song was released by record label Jive ( part of the RCA Music Group ) on the 7th of September 1984 and taken as the lead single from Billy’s fifth Album, Suddenly.
Originally the song was called ” European Queen ” but failed to generate any interest and the first single Billy recorded for his new label disappeared from view altogether.
A disco 12-inch version of the song was kicking about, Billy’s manager suggested they revise the song and call it ” Caribbean Queen “. Changing the lyrics wasn’t difficult, someone at the record label suggested that another version should be made and called ” African Queen “. The idea that the third version would round off the 12 inch single and so it was also recorded.
Upon release in America, Jive decided to ditch ” European Queen ” as it had already failed in Europe. ” Caribbean Queen ” was released there and proved to be the right decision, the single became Billy’s second chart success in the United States after his Billboard number twenty-two ” Love Really Hurts Without You ” in May 1976.
Commenting on the success of ” Caribbean Queen ” to Paul Sexton from the Record Mirror Billy said ” We thought it was great when it went into the Hot 100 at 85. We thought even if it goes any further, at least it’s a foot in the door “.
The song gave Billy more than just a foot in the door, in the United States the song entered the chart at number eighty-five and after twelve weeks climbed to reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. The song spent two weeks at Number One and a total of twenty-six weeks on the chart.
Billy also had a Number One with the song on the Billboard Black Singles Chart. In 1985 he won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, he became the first British artist to pick up an award in that category.
In the United Kingdom, ” Caribbean Queen ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 6th of September 1984 and reached a peak of number six. The song spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fifteen weeks on the UK chart.
Billy also took the song to Number One in Canada and New Zealand.” Caribbean Queen ” was certified Gold in Canada and the United States with Silver in the United Kingdom.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1

UK Highest Chart Position: 6

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Canada (CHUM) 4, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 8, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, France (SNEP) 23, Ireland (IRMA) 7, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1

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