Billy Ocean Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Jan 31, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
Billy Ocean walked away from his music career in 1988 but has started making a comeback in recent years!
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About Billy Ocean

Born in Trinidad and Tobago on January 21, 1950, Billy has enjoyed a long and successful career in music.
In his initial stages, Billy started as a tailor. He only began to make a breakthrough in the field of music when he joined The Shades of Midnight in 1969!
At the age of 10, he and his family moved to Romford, England, and as a young boy, he started singing in the clubs of London. The first album they released together was called 'Nashville Rain,' which got him his recognition. He's sold over 30 million records and has had hits in both the UK and the US. His biggest hit songs include 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going,' 'Love Really Hurts Without You,' 'Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run),' and ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.’
In 1987, Billy won a Grammy Award, the biggest award in the music industry, for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for his song, 'Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)'! He's sold over 30 million records to date, making him one of the most successful soul singers of all time. In 2015, Billy Ocean performed at one of President Obama's birthday parties at The White House. Over 50 years after starting his music career as an aspiring singer-songwriter Billy Ocean continues writing songs today!
Please continue reading to learn more about Billy Ocean and his amazing musical journey!

Billy Ocean Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Billy Ocean's net worth?

Till today, many people all over ardently listen to Billy Ocean's tracks. You might wonder what the net worth of this world star is. Being a world-renowned R&B musician, Billy Ocean has earned a lot of his income from his endeavors in the music industry. As of February 2022, Billy Ocean's net worth is $15 million! This wealth comes from his successful music career and various other business ventures he's been involved in over the years.

How much does Billy Ocean earn per year?

It is believed that Billy Ocean earns around $4,00,000. Over 50 years after starting his music career as an aspiring singer-songwriter, Billy Ocean continues writing songs today! During 2018 and 2019, Ocean worked fervently and produced his latest studio album, 'One World' in 2020!

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Billy Ocean?

Billy Ocean is about average height, standing at around 5 ft 2 in tall (160 cm). Having his roots in Trinidad and Tobago, it is normal for him to be quite tall as the men of Trinidad are known for their immense height.

How old is Billy Ocean?

Billy Ocean's age is 72. He was actually born Leslie Sebastian Charles on January 21, 1950, in Fyazabad,Trinidad and Tobago. This famous singer, musician, and instrumentalist has had success in both the UK and US as a singer-songwriter, with his music crossing over from soul into pop, rock, and reggae genres.

Childhood And Education

Born in Trinidad and Tobago to parents Hainsley Charles and Violet Charles, Ocean spent a few of his childhood years in his home country.
He then moved with his family to Romford, England, when he turned 10, just before Trinidad and Tobago got their independence in 1962. As his father was a Grenadian musician, it was very natural for him to be exposed to music at a young age. As he grew older, he started performing in several clubs in London, side-by-side with his tailoring job in Central London.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Billy Ocean's partner?

Billy Ocean met his wife, Judy Bayne when he was 15 years old and married her in 1978. Today, the newlywed couple lives in Sunningdale in Berkshire, England, and together they have three children; two daughters and one son. The children's names are Rachel, Cherie, and Antony Charles. Ocean's mother passed away from ovarian cancer, just at the peak of his music career and fame in 1989. This even transformed his outlook on life, and Ocean decided to take a small break from music. He opted for a vegetarian lifestyle, gave up meat, and began to spend more time with his family. Ocean claimed that he became more spiritual and healthier during this time-off!

Career And Professional Highlights

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Billy Ocean moved to England in his early 20s. There, he began working as a session singer for various artists. His big break came in 1976 when he released his debut album, entitled 'Billy Ocean.' The album was a massive success, spawning the hit singles 'Love Really Hurts Without You,' 'Red Light Spells Danger,' and 'When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.' Between 1976 and 1982, Billy Ocean released around four studio albums- Billy Ocean (his first album), City Limit, Nights, and Inner Feelings through his record label called GTO. None of these made it to the musical charts aside from his biggest single, which is ‘Love Really Hurts Without You.’
Over the next few years, Ocean continued to produce hit singles and studio albums. His biggest hits include 'Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run),' 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car,' and 'There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).' He has also collaborated with other artists such as Phil Collins and Madonna. In fact, the 1988 album 'Tear Down These Walls' was certified platinum in the US and Canada and Gold in the UK! Ocean's success has not only been limited to the music industry. He has also starred in several films, including 'The Cotton Club' and 'Boomerang.' He has appeared in television shows such as 'Miami Vice' and 'Murder, She Wrote.'

Best Known For…

Billy Ocean is best known for Billy's Grammy-nominated song 'Suddenly.' The song was released in 1984 and quickly became a hit all over the world. Since then, Billy Ocean has gone on to become one of the most successful R&B singers in history, with his songs being played on radio stations around the globe.
Ocean's husky, rustic, and silky voice coupled with groovy electric tunes in the backups makes him a timeless musician! Many music fanatics did a little research to determine why and how Ocean skyrocketed to fame globally! Interestingly, they found out it was in the titles he chose for his songs! The title of a song can evoke many emotions and feelings in us. Ocean used this unique talent to his advantage and chose exceptionally excellent titles for all the songs he composed. The music video for a title track in his album 'Love Zone,' which was 'There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)' garnered a lot of attention for the visual details in it! It even won a nomination at the 1987 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Video Artist.

Charity Work

Billy Ocean is a humanitarian who has worked with various charities over the years, including Feed The Children and War Child. He is incredibly passionate about helping children in need, which is why billy supports numerous charities that focus on aiding kids. He has recently been supporting the #ILoveLive campaign that supports stage crews during the current pandemic. The pop icon joined hands with the Young Voices choir on the Children's Mental Health occasion in 2021. Together, they made an outstanding cover on Bill Wither's classic 'Lovely Day.' Billy Ocean's passion for helping others is one of the things that makes him such a fantastic person who is loved by many!

What awards has Billy Ocean won?

This popular singer, musician, and instrumentalist has released 14 studio albums and one compilation album since his career began in 1972 with the song 'Love Really Hurts Without You.' He has received six Grammy Award nominations, one American Music Award, and one MTV Video Music Award. His awards include a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1985 for 'Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run).' In 1986, he was given an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.
Ocean was honored with an honorary doctorate of music in 2002 by the University of Westminister in London. Later, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Music of Black Origin Awards.

Billy Ocean's Hobbies And Interests

Billy Ocean loves spending time with his family and makes sure that he takes time out of his busy schedule to spend time with his close and loved ones. Billy loves fishing, golfing, and playing soccer with his kids in his free time. Whenever he can, he visits his home country and goes back to his roots.

Other Interesting Billy Ocean Facts And Trivia

  • With his birth name as Leslie Sebastian Charles, he took the name 'Billy Ocean' as a professional name inspired by the local Trinidadian football team named Oceans 11!
  • Billy Ocean's talent never ends! This London-based singer and musician are also famous for writing music for other artists in the industry like Boyzone and LaToya Jackson, Michael Jackson's sister.
    Main image credits: Featureflash photo agency/shutterstock 

Billy Ocean Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Leslie Sebastian Charles

Date of Birth




Place of Birth




160 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Child Star?





Stepney Green School for Boys

Net Worth



Judy Bayne


Violet Charles, Hainsley Charles

Annual Earnings

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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