Rick Astley

Rick Astley @ Lincoln Theatre - 4/18/2018

Rick Astley @ Lincoln Theatre - 4/18/2018

In 1987, it was virtually impossible to go anywhere without hearing Rick Astley. The then 21-year-old released his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up” that summer, and it went on to top the charts in 25 countries and become the best-selling single of the year in his native UK. His debut album Whenever You Need Somebody spawned several more singles, including a second number one hit in “Together Forever.” But peaking so early meant that there was nowhere to go but down, and though his next two follow-up albums, 1988’s Hold Me In Your Arms and 1991’s Free, were far from failures, they didn’t manage to match the heights of his debut. After his fourth album, 1993’s Body & Soul, failed to even make a dent in the charts, Astley retired from the music business.