Rick Astley, an English singer-songwriter and musician, is a radio personality. Astley became a well-known solo artist in 1987 with “Never Gonna Give you Up,” which reached #1 in 25 countries.
He started his career as a drummer in a local band and eventually became the only male solo artist to see his first 8 singles make it to the Top 10 in the U.K.
The early life of Rick Astley
Richard Paul Astley was his fourth child born in Newton-le-Willows (Lancashire), England, on February 6, 1966.
Rick’s parents divorced at the age of five. His father raised him. However, he kept close contact with his mother, who lived only a few blocks away from him.
Astley discovered that his father kicked his mother out of his house, and Astley began to distance himself from him. At 10, he began to sing when he joined a local church choir.
Astley was a member of several local bands during high school. He played drums in them. David Morris, Astley’s guitarist, was one of the bands he joined. Astley left school when he was 16 to work as a driver for his father’s market garden business.
Astley played drums in the Northern Club circuit at night in bands like giving Way. They covered songs by the Beatles, Shadows, and FBI. This soul band won many local talent contests.
Personal Life of Rick Astley
Astley’s off-stage life is marriage to Lene Bausager. They have one daughter, Emilie.
The career of Rick Astley
In 1985, Astley still performed as a drummer with FBI with David Morris on guitar. They were well-known locally, and they wrote and performed their songs. Astley was chosen to take over as the lead singer after the FBI’s lead singer, Morris, left to pursue a career as a hairdresser.
He was then noticed by Pete Waterman, a record producer who convinced him to move to London to work in the Pete Waterman Limited studio and RCA Records to publish his music.
Astley learned the ropes of recording and was prepared for his future career. He was a “tea boy” or gofer in the recording studio.
Astley’s debut single was “When You Gunna,” a song recorded in collaboration with Lisa Carter. It received very little promotion. It did not chart.
His first solo album was “Never Gonna Give you Up”, which he recorded on New Year’s Day 1987 and released eight years later. The song was instantly a hit because of Astley’s unique, deep and rich voice. It also featured dance pop.
It remained at the top for five weeks on the British charts, and it was the highest-selling single of the year. It reached number one globally, reaching the top of the charts in 24 countries, including the U.S.
He performed the song in front of a worldwide audience of 100 million. The song won the Best British Single Award in 1988 at BRIT Awards. He had 13 other top-single hits worldwide, including this song.
Astley’s next single, “Whenever You Need Somebody”, was released in October that year. It was a huge hit in Europe and reached No.
1 in 7 countries, No. 3 in the U.K. It was not released in North America. His November 1987 album, “Whenever You Need Somebody”, contained four tracks by Astley.
The album reached No. The album reached No. 1 in Australia and the U.K. and No. 10 in the USA. It was 4x platinum in Canada, and the U.K. and 2x platinum in the U.S. Astley was the highest-selling British artist, selling 15.2 million copies worldwide.
He released a cover of Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall In Love” in December 1987. This was a close-fought contest for U.K. Christmas No. 1. The U.K. reached No. 1 with the song. 2 for two consecutive weeks. The B side of the record featured a dance number called “My Arms Always Missing You,” a huge hit in mainland Europe.
His fourth single, Together Forever (1988), Never followed Gonna Give you Up to #1. He also became the first artist to reach the top of the U.S. charts in the 80s with his first two singles.
His 1991 album Free was another success, featuring guest appearances by Mark King and Elton John. Although he only had four studio albums left, and we’re only 27 years old, Astley decided family was more important than music and declared his early retirement in 1993.
After a long hiatus, he returned to music with two studio albums, Portrait and Kept It Turned On, in 2001 and 2005, respectively.
He became a viral Internet sensation in 2007 with his Never Gonna Give Up video. This became known as Rickrolling. Internet users voted him the “Best Act Ever” at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Rick Astley’s Networth
Rick Astley’s net worth is $16 million. Rick Astley’s many hits, his career as an artist and singer, and his worldwide tour contributed to his net worth.