Richard Paul Astley (born February 6, 1966) is an English singer, songwriter and radio personality. His 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a number 1 hit single in 25 countries and won the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single. By the time of his retirement in 1993, Astley had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.
Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when the music video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” became integral to the meme known as “rickrolling”. Astley was voted “Best Act Ever” by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008, and his 2016 album 50 debuted in the UK at No. 1.
I’m still very cold this first weekend of November 2014, so come and warm up with me by checking out “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” where you’ll hear: Prince, New Edition, Rick Astley, Babyface, the Commodores, Shalamar, the Whispers, Kenny Loggins, GQ and more. I hope you turned your clocks back last night, if not you’re going to be an hour off. We start at 5PM Eastern Standard Time, 4PM CST, 3PM MST & 2PM PST. You got it? See you later this afternoon for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com.