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Overview (4)

Born in Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK
Birth NameRichard Paul Astley
Nicknames Dick Spatsley
The Singing Teaboy
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 (2013 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Full, rich, sonorous baritone/tenor voice

Trivia (10)

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 (1982) 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. [2005]
He sang "Never Gonna Give You Up" at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. [November 2008]
At the height of his pop stardom in the 1980s, Smash Hits magazine referred to Astley as a "singing teaboy" and often misprinted his name as "Dick Spatsley".
In a relationship with Lene Bausager since 1988.

Personal Quotes (35)

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.
I'd had my time in the charts and made loads of money. I was no longer hungry for success.
There's some songs you can cover, and I've covered and butchered a few, but you can't do them all.
You can't explain the feeling of singing hit songs to an audience - it's like being a genuine sports star at the peak of their powers.
I'm a person who tries not to have regrets.
It's really weird seeing someone impersonating you. But at the same time, Vic Reeves' impersonation of me is one of the highlights of my life.
When our daughter was born, a light went on for me - there was more to life than what I was doing. It felt like being famous for being a paint salesman. It wasn't the dream I was sold on. I'd had enough of it.
Because the pop industry is cruel, if you don't do everything the label wants you to do, it has an army of other people waiting to do it.
Back in the '80s, I was known for being reclusive, often shying away from media attention.
As a kid, I saw those ticker-tape parades in the movies, and I was really chuffed to be in one.
I started out as a drummer, and now play with a back-to-basics rock band called the 'Luddites.' I'm happiest when I'm behind the kit.
I must admit, the constant invasion of privacy was becoming a real concern. I've been asked for autographs while I've been doing laps in the pool and even in the toilet!
Don't expect fame to come overnight. That filtered through to me in my own career. Look at Madonna: she's not the best singer in the world, but she's got where she has through hard work.
I used to go to soul nights because I loved dancing, and so did my friends, and we loved the music. We used to go listen to black American soul.
Doing things in my day was simple: you either signed to a big label or you signed to a very small label, and you worked with that one, and then they eventually signed you on to a big one.
I come away from a gig thinking, 'Yeah, I'm worth something.' I can still do it and entertain people, and that's worth it.
I do have a thing for eating out; that's one of life's great middle-age pleasures.
I am honoured that my fans worked so hard to help me win Best Act Ever at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.
I don't like flying. I'm a bit scared of it and don't enjoy the whole experience.
I don't get recognised until I'm on stage, and then I can walk off and forget about it. It's great.
I'd been bumming around in bands since my school days.
I was the youngest of four kids, and Dad, who had a garden centre before he retired, came from a large Lancashire family. Every one of my uncles had their own business, including a post office, two fish and chip shops and a painting and decorating business.
My success set me up for life, and it meant that I could retire from the music industry at 27 to spend time with my newborn daughter and my wife. My time away from the spotlight allowed me to rediscover my love for music, and I'm doing it for me now and no one else.
Scientology always makes me think of that movie 'V' where that woman takes off her mask of human flesh to reveal her true, alien self.
I've done drives through Budapest and Oslo and used to drive to Sardinia, too, which is quite a journey. Drives are an adventure because I don't plan them too carefully. I take detours depending on how I feel and usually stop and stay at places I like the look of.
When I was still at school, I'd help Dad at the concrete yard he had prior to the garden centre. I was doing things there, like driving the tractors and forklifts, that most kids my age couldn't.
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.
'Never Gonna Give You Up' in 1987 was a huge international hit followed by several more, and while I appreciated how lucky I was, it catapulted me into a completely new world and simply took over my life.
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.
I don't trust politicians. I think that by the time they've made it, with the concessions they've had to make in that position, I don't believe they still have the beliefs they had at the root.
It's very hard to behave naturally when you know people recognise you. On the other hand, I still sometimes get upgraded in hotels because someone used to like me back in the day, which is still pretty amazing.
I've been to Sardinia about 10 times because my wife, my daughter and I used to go every year with another family. We rented the same house each time in Villasimius in the southern part of the island, and always went to the same two beaches and same three restaurants.
My dad loved Scotland, so we would pile into his caravan and head for the Highlands, to Fort William and Loch Ness. It was such an adventure - my siblings and I were allowed to roam and explore the local beaches. We loved the freedom of those trips.
I like everything in this iPhone, iPod world where you can do everything all the time. Back in my time, you bought a vinyl record when you were a kid and took it home, and it took a bit of effort to actually get it out of the thing and not scratch it.

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