” Suddenly ” is by Billy Ocean ( Leslie Sebastian Charles ), the Trinidadian-born English recording artist. Billy had a string of R&B Worldwide hits in the 70s and 80s and became the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-80s.
His hit single, a Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One, ” Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) “, won Billy a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1985. Two years later he was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist.
At a young age, Billy decided to follow his father, Hainsley, into the music industry. He took his stage name from the Ocean Estate, Stepney, a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London’s East End.
During the early days of his fledgeling career he frequently sang in the clubs around London and to support himself worked in Savile Row, the World famous street in Mayfair, central London, which is home to traditional handmade suits tailored towards men.
The University of Westminster in London, founded in 1838, awarded Billy an honorary doctorate of music in 2002. Still popular, he continues to record and tour around Europe. He is today a patron of Tech Music Schools in London where regular seminars for students are held by Billy. The Tech Music Schools consist of Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech.
The song was written by Keith Diamond ( who also produced the track ) and Billy Ocean. Keith was a songwriter and producer who worked with a variety of artists which included Donna Summer, Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton and Mick Jagger. He was asked by Quincy Jones to work on the Album, Never Felt So Good, the Billboard 200 Chart Album by James Ingram, the R&B singer-songwriter. The Album reached number 123 on the Billboard chart and seventy-two on the UK Albums Chart in 1986. At the time Quincy was busy scoring the film The Color Purple. Keith died on the 18th of January 1997 of a heart attack in his home in Manhattan, New York City.
” Suddenly ” was released on the 10th of May 1985 by record label Jive Records ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken as the title track from Billy’s fifth Album, Suddenly.
The Album, released on the 12th of September 1984, featured Billy’s first significant Billboard single ” Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) “, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for two weeks.
It was produced by Keith Diamond who also provided Keyboard bass ( Synth bass ) and backing vocals. In the United States, the Album reached number nine on the Billboard 200 Chart and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It also reached number nine on the UK Albums Chart in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it was certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) for sales of two million and Gold in the United Kingdom by British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) for sales of 100,000.
” Suddenly ” was a commercial success for Billy Ocean. In the United States, the song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending twenty-two weeks on the chart there. It also peaked at number five on the R&B Chart and reached Number One on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, spending two weeks at the top.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of May 1985 and reached a peak of number four. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fourteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 4
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 50, Netherlands 20, New Zealand 38, Ireland 4
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