Live performance in Denmark, Christmas 2008.
“Never Gonna Give You Up” was the first solo offering from Rick Astley (6 February 1966), released in 1987. It became an immediate success, spending five weeks at the top of the British charts and becoming the year’s highest-selling single. It was the first of 13 (worldwide) top 30 hit.
During much of his career, due to his deep bass-baritone voice, many listeners assumed he was African-American. Even after his visual appearance, it was still popular belief that he was miming for a black American singer.
The 1987 album “Whenever You Need Somebody” also reached number one in the UK, and the hit singles continued, including the title track.
On 12 March 1988, “Never Gonna Give You Up” also topped the U.S. singles chart and was followed by a second U.S. #1 on 18 June with his second U.S. single release, “Together Forever”. In 1989 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year.