Richard Paul Astley, 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. Astley was the drummer in a local band called Give Way, before joining soul outfit FBI in 1984 as lead vocalist. He was discovered by the successful producer/writer Pete Waterman in 1985 and worked at Watermans PWL studios while waiting for a recording break. In 1987 he recorded a duet, Learning To Live, with Ochi Brown and was also part of Rick And Lisa, whose single When You Gonna was released on RCA Records. He also sang on the UK number 1 hit Let It Be by Ferry Aid, before achieving his first solo success with Never Gonna Give You Up. This single topped the UK chart, became the biggest UK single of 1987 (winning a BRIT Award), and helped to make him the top singles act of the year. His debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody, also reached number 1 in the UK and sold over a million copies. When Astley was launched in the USA in...
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