Rick Astley


Full name: Richard Paul 'Rick' Astley
Birthday: 6 February 1966
Hometown: Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire
Career highlights: After fading into obscurity in the 1990s, Astley made a comeback in 2007 when he became an Internet phenomenon, as his video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" became part of a popular Internet meme known as "Rickrolling".[4] Astley was voted by Internet users "Best Act Ever" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.
Music contributions include: 'Never Gonna Give You Up' and 'Together Forever'



Never Gonna Give you Up Together Forever
Whenever you need somebody She wants to Dance with me
Cry for help Take me to your Heart

Key facts:

  • In 1985, Astley was playing the club circuit as a drummer with a soul band named FBI when he was noticed by the record producer Pete Waterman
  • Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman (aka Stock Aitken Waterman), taught Rick about the recording process and groomed for his future career, supposedly starting him off as the recording studio 'tea boy'
  • By the end of the 1980s, Astley had parted company with Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. He achieved one more major success with the 1991 ballad "Cry for Help", which reached the top 10 in both the UK and the US.