On this day in music history: August 30, 1986 - “Love Zone” by Billy Ocean hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #10 on the Hot 100 on September 27, 1986. Written by Wayne Braithwaite, Barry J. Eastmond, and Billy Ocean, it is the third R&B chart topper for the Trinidad born/British raised singer and songwriter (birth name Leslie Sebastian Charles). The track will be written in the studio when Ocean is working with producer Barry J. Eastmond (Freddie Jackson) on the follow up to his breakthrough album “Suddenly”. Eastmond will come up the drum pattern and ask bassist Wayne Braithwaite (also co-writer of Billy Ocean’s “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” ) to play whatever he feels over it, coming up with the songs’ signature groove. Ocean, liking what he hears will write the lyrics and melody to complete the song. Issued as the follow up to the chart topping first single “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”, “Love Zone” will follow that single into the top 10 on both the pop and R&B singles chart.