Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Billy Ocean had a meteoric rise to fame in the mid ’80s with some of the BIGGEST love songs of all time. When his mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, he left the recording industry full-time… but his passion for music never ended. He released several compilation albums and occasional new tracks throughout the ’90s, while teaching, instructing, and mentoring younger musicians with their craft.
That teaching and mentoring work led the University of Westminster in London to award Billy an honorary DOCTORATE of music in 2002. To top that, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2020 for his continued contributions to the arts.
So with all these honors, we’d like to move that whole “some call me the Doctor of Love” line from the Steve Miller Band song over to Billy. With honors like that – and songs like these – BILLY might be the doctor of love in the flesh! Here’s to Billy, and all his great music, today!