Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)

Album: Suddenly (1984)
Charted: 6 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a beautiful and exotic woman who seduces the singer. Ocean came up with the song by tapping out a vocal melody, then filling in the lyrics.
  • The first version of this song was titled "European Queen (No More Love On The Run)" and released in the UK. In went nowhere, so Ocean and his team edited the song, changing it to "Caribbean Queen." This version was a hit in both the US and UK. A third version, "African Queen," was made for that continent. The video was edited for the different versions so ocean would be singing the right words.
  • This won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance. It gave Billy Ocean his first American #1, and also hit #1 on the Hot R&B Singles/Tracks and Club Play Billboard charts.
  • This was Ocean's first single for Jive Records. He was previously on the GTO and Epic labels, where he had a number of UK hits and one minor entry in America: "Love Really Hurts Without You," which went to #22 in 1976. When "Caribbean Queen" sailed to #1 in America, it was the first chart-topper for Jive in that country.
  • For the Suddenly album, Jive Records teamed Ocean with producer Keith Diamond, who, like Ocean, is from Trinidad. Along with Ocean, Diamond is credited as a co-writer on this track. Diamond went on to write and produce hits for Starpoint ("Object Of My Desire") and Freddie Jackson ("He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)").
  • Ocean had a solid run of hits throughout the rest of the '80s, notably "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" from the movie The Jewel Of The Nile, and the #1 US hit "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car."
  • This was used in the 1985 Miami Vice episode "The Prodigal Son." It also appeared in episodes of Knight Rider, Scrubs, The King of Queens (three times) and King of the Hill.

Comments: 10

  • Dan S from CanadaOh my, its 2021....I am listening this for the 2nd time in my life....first time was somewhere in 2020 when I said I will need to do further research because I heard the song before. Now in 2021 I know exactly....it sounds like Billie Jean song of Michael Jackson....I came here while searching "Caribbean Queen" "Michael Jackson" in Google. I am a musician and glad that my ears don't fool me. I am sorry about Billy Ocean but this song is kinda....taken in the previous history.

    Also.....on a secondary basis....the song Suddenly which is on the same album Suddenly (1984) has a lot in common with "Hello" of Lionel Richie. If you guys think I am crazy, then please think again and don't be so crazy like me. Noticing this, I think that the management of Billie Ocean was pushing the artist to sound like previous artists such as Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. No doubt about it....both songs Billie Jean and Hello were written during 1982-1983.
  • Seventhmist from 7th Heaven"Caribbean Queen is not my lover..."
  • Greg Bond from Weare NhI don't think it's an exact duplicate of "billy jean."
  • Luke Lee from London, UkSo I'm not the only one who thought this was inspired by Billie Jean...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 13th 1984, Billy Ocean appeared on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand' and lip-synced to "Caribbean Queen"...
    One week earlier on October 6th Billy Ocean's video of "Caribbean Queen" was aired on 'Bandstand'...
    See next post below.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 6th 1984, a video of Billy Ocean performing "Caribbean Queen" was aired on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #11 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and four weeks later on October 28th, 1984 it peaked at #1 for two weeks, it had entered the chart on August 5th, 1984 and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on November 2nd, 1984 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart {it also peaked at #1 in New Zealand}...
    Between 1984 and 1989 he had eleven Top 100 records; seven made the Top 10 with three reaching #1, his other two #1 records were "There'll Be Sad Songs" {1986} and "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" {1988}...
    He just missed having five #1 records when "Loverboy" in 1985 and "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Getting Going" in 1986 both peaked at #2 on the Top 100...
    Mr. Ocean, born Leslie Sebastian Charles, will celebrate his 65th birthday in three months on January 21st {2015}.
  • Ross from Dunn, NcThis song is almost an exact duplicate of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". However, "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" is more mechanical; that is why "Billie Jean" is vastly better.
  • John from Nashville, TnThe bass line was inspired by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".
  • Jeff from Austin, TxA lost 80s classic!! Great song!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, Akgreat workout song.
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