Caribbean Queen

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"Caribbean Queen"
Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Suddenly
Released 7 September 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length 3:38 (single edit)
7:55 (album version)
Label Jive
Writer(s) Billy Ocean
Keith Diamond
Producer(s) Keith Diamond
Certification see below
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"European Queen"
(1984)
"Caribbean Queen"
(1984)
"Loverboy"
(1984)

"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" is a song by British recording artist Billy Ocean. Co-written and co-produced by Keith Diamond, it climbed to number one on both the soul singles and Hot 100, in the US[2] and number six in the UK Singles Chart in 1984.[3] The song won Ocean the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, making him the first British artist to win in that category.

History[edit]

The song was recorded under different titles for different parts of the world—resulting in versions such as "European Queen" and "African Queen".

In 2004, the song was re-released as a digital single for its 20th anniversary, shooting up to no. 25 on the Billboard digital singles chart and garnering radio play across the US and UK.[citation needed]

In 1985, Melba Moore recorded an "answer song" on her album Read My Lips entitled "King Of My Heart"

The song was also featured in the Miami Vice episode "Prodigal Son" from season 2.

An instrumental version of "Caribbean Queen" was used during the starting lineup for CBS' telecast of the 1986 Daytona 500.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Promis, Jose F. "Billy Ocean – Greatest Hits [Jive]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Suddenly – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Billboard – Hits Of The World". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 96 (51): 66. 22 December 1984. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ CHART NUMBER 1458 – Saturday, December 08, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 July 2007). CHUM. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  6. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  11. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 10, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 1 October 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 41, No. 17, January 05 1985". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1984". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  16. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (O)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  20. ^ (Italian) "Indice per Interprete: O". Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Billy Ocean - European Queen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  24. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 402. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  25. ^ (Dutch) "Single Top 100 over 1984" (PDF). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  26. ^ (Dutch) "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1984". Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen". Music Canada. 
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Caribbean Queen in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  29. ^ "American single certifications – Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Canadian RPM number-one single
8 December 1984 – 15 December 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sea of Love" by The Honeydrippers
Preceded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
New Zealand number one single
9 December 1984 – 16 December 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
3 November 1984 – 10 November 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Preceded by
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.
US Billboard Hot Black Singles number one single
8 September 1984 – 29 September 1984 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let's Go Crazy" by Prince
Preceded by
"High Energy" by Evelyn Thomas
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
8 September 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Mexican" by Jellybean

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