I’m a fan of geography. I can name the seven continents, I can point to Brazil on a map, and I can tell you the six oceans on planet Earth:
The Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, the Arctic, the Southern, and Billy.
For you young people reading, you might be scratching your head and saying to yourself, where’s Frank? Well, besides not being at the Grammys last week, Frank barely qualifies as a puddle next to the genius that is Billy Ocean, even though we know Frank can be quite salty.
Billy was a huge star in the 1980s and sang one of my favorite songs ever, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” which was released in 1984. These were the days before everyone had cable, so I had to wait for my bimonthly visits to my grandparents’ house in Cranston, Rhode Island where I’d go down to the basement and shout, “I’m watching The Electric Company!” and then turn on MTV and cross my fingers and pray that the greatest video of all time would come on. I was about 1 for 3. You win some, you lose some.
Billy Ocean, now 67, continues to make music and perform around the world. He’s launching a UK tour this spring and of course I’m jealous because I’d have to cross the ocean to see THE Ocean and that might not be too practical. But hey, if there are any rich people out there who want to buy me a ticket I would be willing to getta out my dreams and get into a plane.
And because I know you want it, here’s the video that made me want to be royalty on the Caribbean.