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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 February 1966Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK
Birth NameRichard Paul Astley
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

This British singer was discoverd by the hit factory-producers Stock/Aitken/Waterman in 1987. They produced his biggest hits "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Whenever You Need Somebody", "Together Forever" and "My Arms Keep Missing You".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dennis Fox <bimbo84@lover-boy.com>

Spouse (1)

Lene Bausager (2003 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Full, rich, sonorous baritone/tenor voice

Trivia (8)

Co-wrote the song "Mission Statement" with former Marillion singer Fish (from Fish's 1999 album "Raingods with Zippos").
He was singing in the band FBI (who gigged in pubs and clubs) when he was "discovered" by producer Pete Waterman in 1985.
Plays drums, piano/keyboards, guitar and saxophone.
Enjoys British TV comedies, especially The Young Ones (1982) and The Black Adder (1983) series.
His song "Never Gonna Give You Up" won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Single in 1988.
Has a daughter named Emilie with wife, Lene Bausager. She was 9 in 2001 when he released the news that he was re-starting his career in music. He and his wife had not yet married at that point.
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.
He sang "Never Gonna Give You Up" at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. [November 2008]

Personal Quotes (2)

Working as a teaboy may have helped my confidence but not everyone else was so pleased. I could never remember who had milk or how many sugars, and I had an unusual talent for spilling tea on the recording console. It's a good job the records are doing so well because I would have made a terrible waiter.
I've got two older brothers and an older sister and my sister used to go to gigs all the time. I'm from an area near Manchester and Liverpool and she used to go to gigs all the time at uni's and everything, and she's seen Genesis I don't know how many times when Peter Gabriel was in the band and when they were doing little uni gigs and all the rest of it. So whether I liked Genesis or not I didn't have any choice to be honest. When I was a tiny tot we only had one record player in the house, so there was either Genesis on it or the jungle book or The Beatles as well, and various other things. I think Phil Collins is one of the most underrated musicians, singers, performers - he is absolutely amazing, I think, and I think he's probably got a bit of a rough ride occasionally because he became so mainstream and so popular. What is mainstream at the end of the day? That means more people like you? I don't know, it's a weird one. I play a bit of drums and he is one of my all time favourite drummers and when this record ("Follow You Follow Me") came out I absolutely loved it and I had no snobbery about it, that you know, Peter Gabriel blah blah and all the rest of it. I just absolutely loved that era of Genesis and out of that whole era this is possibly my favourite track.

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