Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)

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"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
Billy Ocean Caribbean Queen.jpg
Artwork for the 1984 UK vinyl re-release; also released that year as "European Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Suddenly
B-side "European Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
"Caribbean Queen (Instrumental)" (US alternative)
Released 1984
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length
  • 7:52 (album version)
  • 4:06 (single version)
Label Jive
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Keith Diamond
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"European Queen"
(1984)
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
(1984)
"Loverboy"
(1984)
"European Queen"
(1984)
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
(1984)
"Loverboy"
(1984)

"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" is a song by English singer Billy Ocean. Co-written and produced by Keith Diamond, it climbed to number-one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Black Singles chart chart,[2] and number six in the UK Singles Chart.[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.

The saxophone solo is played by Vernon Jeffrey Smith.[4]

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 the US, the song was released under the title "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on The Run)". It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 85 on the chart dated 11 August 1984. It hit number one ten weeks later and stayed at the top of the chart for two consecutive weeks. The songs charted for 26 weeks.

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 (No More Love on the Run)" was used during the starting lineup for CBS' telecast of the 1986 Daytona 500.

The song was played in two episodes of The King of Queens, during a flashback to Doug's failed bartending stint in the Season 7 episode "Pour Judgement" and again at his high school reunion in the Season 9 episode "Mild Bunch". Additionally, Danny is heard singing the song in the Season 8 episode "Move Doubt", although Spence later reveals that the song itself was never played on his Walkman.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Suddenly – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  4. ^ "V. JEFFREY SMITH (TORS-Producer/Sound Engineer).." The Outlet Radio Show. 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Billboard – Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 51. 22 December 1984. p. 66. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9576." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9566." 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 – Search Results – Caribbean Queen". Irish Singles Chart. 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". Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. . Cash Box.
  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 100 Singles of 1984". RPM. Vol. 41 no. 17. 5 January 1985. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1984". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1984". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. . Cash Box.
  16. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (O)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" (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. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Indice per Interprete: O" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Billy Ocean - European Queen" (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. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Billy Ocean – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  25. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1984" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1984" (in Dutch). 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 search field and then press Enter.
  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

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