Rick Astley
Where is the former Stock, Aitken and Waterman tea-boy now?



 BEFORE...
Born Richard Paul Astley in 1966, he was brought up in the small town of Newton-Le-Willows in Lancashire.
Left school at 16 and later drove a delivery van for his family's garden centre business.
Formed a band called Give Way with friends and later joined a band called FBI who released a single called "Car Jam".
Pete Waterman heard Rick singing in 1985 in Warrington and invited him to work at his studio. This involved various jobs including making the tea.
Released the single "Never Gonna Give You Up" in the summer of 1987 which went to number one in the UK and was the biggest selling single of the year.
He then released the single "Whenever You Need Somebody" followed by an album of the same name.
He also had hit singles with "When I Fall In Love", "Together Forever", "She Wants To Dance With Me" and a second album "Hold Me In Your Arms".
After saying he wanted to be considered a serious singer/songwriter, he split from his producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman and went on to release a third album called "Free".

 AFTER...
His single "Never Knew Love" peaked at number 70 in 1991.
In 1993, he released the album "Body And Soul" which along with a couple of singles, flopped in the UK, but was fairly successful in America.
He then disappeared from the public eye in the 1990s amidst rumours that he couldn't handle the fame.
After living in Gloucestershire for a couple of years, Rick settled down in Richmond in Surrey with his Danish girlfriend Lene Bausager. They now have a daughter called Emilie.
Recorded demos in his studio in Fulham.
After being out of the public eye for 8 years, in 2002 he released the album "Keep It On" and a Greatest Hits album shortly after.
Following his sell-out UK tour of 2004, Rick has signed a recording deal with Sony BMG and in September 2005 is due to release a new album.
Rick will be singing live at the Henley Music and Arts Festival in July 2005 and will be touring the UK later in the year.
In February, you can hear Rick on Ken Bruce's morning show on Radio 2 and he will also join the BBC Concert Orchestra on the programme "Friday Night Is Music Night" in the same month.

 DO YOU REMEMBER...
Rick dancing.

 DID YOU KNOW...
Before he was famous, Rick sang as a backing singer on the Ferry Aid charity single "Let It Be".
Elton John plays piano on two tracks on Rick's third album "Free".

 LINKS...
Official Website
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