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"Loverboy" was Billy Ocean's second single from his 1984 album, Suddenly. It was produced by Keith Diamond and reached number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (behind "Careless Whisper" by George Michael)[1] as well as hitting number 20 on the soul chart,[2] and number 15 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1985.[3] It also reached the top spot of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the U.S., in an extended version.[4] The track was released on the Jive label under the catalogue reference, JIVE 80.[3] The song was played in the first episode of the long-running BBC One medical drama Casualty on 6th September 1986.

"Loverboy"
Loverboy (Billy Ocean single - cover art).jpg
Standard artwork; the US release has a different front cover
Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Suddenly
Released15 November 1984
Recorded1984
GenrePop, Dance-pop
Length5:15 (album version)
4:11 (single version)
3:58 (US single version)
8:08 (extended version)
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)Keith Diamond, Billy Ocean, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s)Keith Diamond
Robert John "Mutt" Lange (exec.)
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
(1984)
"Loverboy"
(1984)
"Suddenly"
(1985)

Contents

Music videoEdit

The sci-fi-themed music video was shot at Durdle Door in Dorset, England, and features an alien rider on horseback riding up the coast to a bar built inside a cave.[5]

Track listingsEdit

7": Jive / JS1-9284 (US) JIVE 80 (UK)Edit

  1. "Loverboy" - 3:58
  2. "Loverboy" (Dub Mix) - 4:59 [6]

12": Jive / JD1-9280 (US)Edit

  1. "Loverboy" (Extended Club Remix) - 8:08
  2. "Loverboy" (Single Version) - 4:12
  3. "Loverboy" (Dub Mix) - 4:59 [7]

12": Jive / JIVE T 80 (UK - Limited Edition)Edit

  1. "Loverboy" (Extended Club Remix) - 8:08
  2. "Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)"
  3. "Loverboy" (Dub Mix) - 4:59 [8]

ChartsEdit

Notable appearances in other mediaEdit

  • The song was played in an episode of the American television drama series The Fall Guy.
  • The song was featured in a 1985 episode of the US daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.
  • The song was played in the pilot episode of Red Oaks.
  • The song was played in the first episode of British television medical soap "Casualty".

Boystar versionEdit

"Loverboy"
Single by Boystar
Released6 October 2002
FormatCD Single
Recorded2002
GenrePop
Length3:37
LabelMRA Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Keith Diamond, Billy Ocean, Robert John "Mutt" Lange

In 2002, Australian group "Boystar", consisting of Ian Starr, Decklyn Jaxx and Steven Childs, released a cover version of "Loverboy". It was their first and only release. it debuted at peaked at #12 on the ARIA singles chart.[12]

Track listingEdit

"Loverboy" was released on a 5-track CD single[13]

  1. "Loverboy" (Radio Edit) (3:37)
  2. "This Ain't Love" (3:06)
  3. "Loverboy" (Diego V Euro Club) (5:21)
  4. "Loverboy" (DJ Nikko Dirty Club) (4:14)
  5. "Loverboy" (Diego V RNB) (4:30)

Other versionsEdit

  • 2001: Jess & Crabbe (In Your Eer)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". 1985-02-23. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 436.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 402–403. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 192.
  5. ^ "Loverboy music video". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  6. ^ "Discogs.com - Billy Ocean "Loverboy" 7"". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Discogs.com - Billy Ocean "Loverboy" 12"". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Discogs.com - Billy Ocean "Loverboy" 12"". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Billy Ocean – Loverboy" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1985". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "australian-charts.com - Boystar - Loverboy".
  13. ^ "Boystar - Loverboy".

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