” Never Gonna Give You Up ” is by Rick Astley, the British singer. Written and produced by the successful song-writing trio Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman, it was to be Rick’s first hit single.
The song was the first to be taken from his debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody, which was released in 1987.
” Never Gonna Give You Up ” was inspired by a woman Pete Waterman had been dating for three years. Staying with Pete at the time, Rick witnessed a three-hour phone call between Pete and the woman; Rick said ” You’re never gonna give her up. ”
The seed of an idea for the song was sown, and after some tweaking, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman had come up with ” Never Gonna Give You Up “.
The song was hugely successful with a Number One position in 25 countries. It went on to become the signature tune for Rick.
In the United Kingdom, Rick scored a Number One in 1987 with the song, it remained on top of the UK Singles Chart for five weeks and went on to be the best-selling single of that year.
In 1988, Rick also enjoyed success with ” Never Gonna Give You Up ” in the United States. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.
Rick was nominated and won the Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. Not all awards were welcomed by Rick though, in 2004, ” Never Gonna Give You Up ” was voted number twenty-eight out of fifty for VH1’s Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever Chart.
The music video was directed by Simon West, the English film director. It involves Rick singing in different locations around West London England, which includes an abandoned club.
The bartender, played by Clive Clarke from the Top of The Pops dance troupe, Zoo, notices Rick singing and after a while joins in with acrobatic moves including a flip.
It was claimed that Clive had a hangover at the time and mistimed the flip, which resulted in him landing on his head. Without injury, he attempted the flip and second time and pulled it off.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria ( Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Denmark 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 6, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (FIMI) 3, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1,New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
Official Website: Rickastley.co.uk
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/RickAstley
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/RickAstley
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