Rick Astley (born 6 February 1966) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and radio personality. His 1987 song, “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a No. 1 hit single in 25 countries, and won the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single.

In 1985, Astley was performing as lead singer with a soul band named FBI. This was when he was noticed by the record producer Pete Waterman, who persuaded him to come to London to work at the Pete Waterman Limited (PWL) recording studio, with RCA Records publishing his records.

Astley’s distinctive rich, deep voice combined with dance-pop, made his first solo single  “Never Gonna Give You Up” a big success and eventually won a BRIT award.  His next single was “Whenever You Need Somebody”,  became a successful European hit, followed by “When I Fall in Love”.

Astley’s fourth single release would be “Together Forever” in 1988, reaching No 2 in the UK.

Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when the music video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” became integral to the meme known as “rickrolling”. Astley was voted “Best Act Ever” by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008, and his 2016 album 50 debuted in the UK at No. 1.

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Angels On My SideBody And SoulCry For HelpHold Me In Your ArmsHopelesslyIt Would Take A Strong ManKeep Singing Move Right Out My Arms Keep Missing YouNever Gonna Give You Up … Never Gonna Wake UpShe Wants To Dance With MeTake Me To Your HeartTogether ForeverWhenever You Need SomebodyWhen I Fall In Love

 

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