One of the most distinctive voices in the music industry, Rick Astley left a lasting impression on pop music. Astley is a consummate professional who has impressed audiences since 1985. With 13 worldwide hit singles, he truly is a titan of the industry and a natural headliner at any concert or music festival. Astley began his music career as a drummer in the soul band FBI. A well-known local band, they gigged in pubs and clubs around the country. The band eventually split up but not before Astley was noticed by record producer Pete Waterman.
Moving to London, Astley was taken under the wing of the production team Stock Aitken Waterman and taught the ins and outs of the recording process. At the tender age of 21, Astley released the universally loved single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. The combination of Astley baritone voice and dance-pop instrumentation made the song an instant classic. The phenomenal single spent five weeks atop the British charts becoming the year’s highest-selling single. The popularity of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ was unprecedented, topping the charts in 24 other countries.