Rick Astley 1-COLLAGE

Rick Astley (Richard Paul Astley, b. 06 February 1966) is a British singer songwriter and recording artist. He first became famous with his distinctive voice in 1987 with his debut single Never Gonna Give You Up which went to no.1 in the UK and won the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single.

Astley scored a string of Top 10 singles throughout 1987, 1988 and into 1989 (the first male solo artist to see his first eight singles reach the UK Top Ten), together with two Top 10 albums. His more successful material was produced by the Stock, Aitken & Waterman (SAW) team with which Astley is largely associated.

A change in Astley's musical direction and public taste in the early 90s meant that popularity and sales declined. He retired form the music scene in 1993 although made a comeback in 2007 when "rickrolling" became a viral internet phenomenon. He won the MTV Europe Music award for Best Act Ever in 2008. His 2016 album 50 became his second no.1 album in the UK almost thirty years after the first.[1]


UK only (peak chart positions in brackets, top 40 only)

Year Singles Albums
1987 Never Gonna Give You Up (1) Whenever You Need Somebody (01)
Whenever You need Somebody (3)
When I Fall In Love (2)
1988 Together Forever (2)
She Wants To Dance With Me (2) Hold Me In Your Arms (08)
Take Me to Your Heart (8)
1989 Hold Me In Your Arms (10)
1991 Cry For Help (7) Free (9)
1993 Hopelessly (33) Body & Soul (-)
2002 Greatest Hits (16)
2005 Portrait (26)
2008 Ultimate Collection (17)
2016 50 (1)

source Official Charts Archive

TV appearances

Top of the Pops




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