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Rick Astley

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Rick Astley, a small town boy from Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England, was one of the most successful pop sensations of the '80s. However, as a child, Astley was never musically inclined toward any instrument including his voice. Astley admits that he "was dragged into choir, like anybody else who could half sing, and into school plays," and he struggled for a short period with piano lessons. He did enjoy the drums, and began playing in garage bands when he was 15. His first band was Give Way, but it wasn't until he began drumming for a group called FBI that he went on actual gigs. In a short period of time, he began writing songs for the band, and soon after, his band mates heard him singing. He was quickly replaced on the drum kit, and put behind the mic.

When he was 21, Astley released the debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up," which achieved worldwide success; it ranked at the top of 25 charts all over the world from Belgium to Australia including the US. He was an instant hit because of his "confident romantic baritone" voice, as described in Seventeen magazine. His debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody, debuted at #1 on the UK charts in 1987. He followed it up in a big way: his first eight UK singles were all Top 10 hits.

By the time Astley was 27, he was ready to retire from the music business. The tipping point occurred while on the road after he'd developed a fear of flying, which was compounded by his intense performing schedule. Astley said, "I remember the exact moment when it happened. I was in the car on the way to Heathrow airport due to fly to New York and I said, tearfully, to my manager: 'You have to stop the car. I can't do this anymore. Its killing me.' As a kid all I wanted to do was to be a pop star and I got to the point where I hated it and I almost hated myself and that had to stop." As someone who had spent his entire adult life as a rock star, the sudden change meant he had to learn to take care of himself - he had to grow up overnight.

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Radio Forever
76 Followers 15h 32m
Timeless 70s, 80s & 90s Hits. Welcome to Radio Forever! I'm your host, Arash – Let it touch your soul.
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Everything
0 Followers 40h 54m
Mega compilation of basically every song I've come across.
goldies
0 Followers 7h 34m
olden and golden
musica de velho
0 Followers 7h 36m
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0 Followers 84h 25m
classic
0 Followers 35m
Back To The 80s
1 Follower 15h 40m
80s New Wave, Art Rock, Perminate Wave, Synthpop, New Romantic, Classic Rock, Punk and Metal. Updates often, save your favorites.
luke skywalker playlist
2 Followers 7h 59m

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