Like a crazy Caribbean night

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Crazy 80s gig to Marbella headliner Billy Ocean

THERE WAS a thrill in the warm night air as the Puente Romano Tennis Club welcomed the Crazy 80s gig to Marbella headliner Billy Ocean.

He and the other main performers, Heather Small and Right Said Fred had their biggest hits some years ago, they still have what it takes to give up to the minute performances.

Piano Man Paul Maxwel opened the evening with his ever popular take on some of the best loved songs from the 80s and he was the ideal performer to be playing as guests were arriving for the gig.

Right Said Fred were first on stage Richard and Fred Fairbrass showing that they still have plenty of energy and longevity as they have just released their ninth album Exactly on their own label which has gained good reviews.

Fred is the quieter of the two brothers and a good guitarist whilst Richard in his long white skirt went through a number of their songs with that trademark deep laconic voice.

When you have fronted one of the most successful bands of the 90s, M People, have hits in your right, one of which was chosen for soundtrack for the UK bid to host the 2012 Olympics then you must be special.

Heather Small is a singer who understands the stage and how to entertain an audience with her strong and powerful voice, presenting a range of her best known numbers and she saw a huge resurgence in her career after Proud played such an important part in the Miranda TV series.

Billy Ocean arrived on stage in his white suit with long dreadlocked tied back grey hair fronting a tight, funky band backed by a trio of great singers.

Probably best known for the singles Caribbean Queen and When the Going gets Toughwhich was chosen for the soundtrack of the Michael Douglas movie Jewel on the Nile he was still able to go through a back catalogue of 10 albums and numerous singles and it wasn’t just the audience that was enjoying itself as he and the band simply entertained.

This was an unusual line up, but the sheer excellence of the performers set in the delightful surroundings of the Puente Romano Tennis Club meant that the evening was a great success and bodes well for July 21 when the legendary George Benson arrives from the USA to perform his own brand of smooth electric jazz and soul.

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