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April 02, 2013

You know, that guy from the '80s. The wedding band played one of his songs at every wedding you've ever been to. Billy Ocean was a big star, but here are a few things about him you may not have heard before.

• Ween's "Ocean Man" is about him. So is Fastball's "You're an Ocean."

• His last top 40 hit was "License to Chill," which led to a mix-up in that he thought he had a license to kill, and then killed 40 Russian spies.

• Technically, he's a sea.

• He was the #1 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft and played center for the New York Knicks for more than a decade.

• He recorded other versions of “Caribbean Queen,” including “European Queen,” “African Queen,” and “Neo-Nazi Queen.”

• His real name isn't Billy Ocean. It's William Oceanberg.

• Frank Ocean is his dad.

• Wacky but real law on the books in Delaware: If Billy Ocean tells you to get out of his dreams and into his car, you legally have to.

• Science fact: all objects generate sound that can only be heard with a microphonic telescope. The sound generated by a bump of cocaine sounds exactly like Billy Ocean’s “Loverboy.”

• He wrote “When the Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)” to celebrate his hobby of impregnating women, and then abandoning them.

• At his commercial peak, he was variously nicknamed "The Male Whitney Houston," "The British Michael Jackson," and "The Male Phil Collins."

• He’s retired from music now, devoting most of his time to Billy Ocean’s Motion Lotions, his line of personal lubricants.