Billy Ocean (born January 21, 1950) is a British recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.After scoring his first four UK top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones.
Ocean was born as Leslie Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago, to Grenadian parents, and moved to Romford, Essex, England, with his family at the age of eight.Ocean’s musical influence came at an early age of his life as his father was a musician, and Ocean realised he was in line to follow those ambitions as he was growing up. During his teenage years, he sang regularly in London clubswhile also working as a tailor in London’s Savile Row. He released his first single in 1972 on Spark Records as Les Charles.
Ocean’s period of greatest success began with the releases, during 1984, of the album Suddenly and its main single, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run).”
His 1986 album Love Zone also sold well. It included the successful singles “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going,” the theme from the film The Jewel of the Nile; this was a number one success in the UK and a number two in the U.S.; and “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (a U.S. number one, and also a major UK success).
“Hold On Brother” was a 1986 single from the album “Emotions In Motion”, an album that paired new arrangements with vintage vocals by Bully Ocean, in the case of “Hold On Brother” the vocals had been recorded at one of Billy’s first recording sessions in 1974.
The 12″ single mixes were by John Morales and Sergio Munzibai.
Hold On Brother (Club Mix) 6:32
Hold On Brother (Dub Mix) 4:58
Hold On Brother (Radio Mix) 3:58