When The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean (1986)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the song by Billy Ocean  from 1986,  When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going. The record was released on the Jive label, in the UK, and has been reworked into the shape of a pea whistle and a coaches hand.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of  Billy Ocean, Disco,  Soul Music, Sport or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going
Media Artist/s: Billy Ocean
Record Label: Jive
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Soul



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Billy Ocean – The Artist/s

Leslie Sebastian Charles, MBE (January 1950) better known by his stage name Billy Ocean, 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 singles including two No. 2 hits in 1976 and 1977, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three US number ones. His 1985 hit “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist. His 1988 hit “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” reached No. 1 in the US and No. 3 in the UK. His 1986 hit “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” also reached No. 1 in the US. In 2000.

When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going – The Song

“When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going” is a 1985 song co-written and originally recorded by English singer Billy Ocean in 1985. Written by Wayne Brathwaite, Barry Eastmond, Mutt Lange and Ocean, the song was used as the theme song for the Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner film The Jewel of the Nile (1985), a sequel to Romancing the Stone (1984). The saxophone solo is by Vernon Jeffrey Smith. The song became a major international success, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in February 1986, and number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains his only number-one single in the UK to date. The words are often said by coaches when training competitive sportsmen.

The Pea Whistle and Coaches Hand – The Shape

This record has been cut into the silhouette of a pea whistle and a coaches traning hand. A whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ. Whistles have been around since early humans first carved out a gourd or branch and found they could make sound with it. In prehistoric Egypt, small shells were used as whistles. Many present day wind instruments are inheritors of these early whistles. With the rise of more mechanical power, other forms of whistles have been developed.

An athletic coach is a person coaching in sport, involved in the direction, instruction, and training of a sports team or athlete.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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