This song was written by the British production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. It was inspired by a woman Pete Waterman had been seeing for three years. Rick Astley was staying with Waterman at the time, and after a three-hour phone call with the woman, Astley said, "You're never gonna give her up." Aitken and Waterman then changed the story a bit and made him the one who was vulnerable.
Rick Astley worked in Stock, Aitken and Waterman's studio for two years, operating tape machines, singing on recordings for other singers, learning the trade and famously making the tea, before the production trio wrote and produced this song for him, which became Astley's first hit. It was recorded in October 1986, but wasn't released until July 1987, as the producers were waiting for the right environment to break a new artist.
In the UK, this was the biggest single of 1987, staying at #1 for five weeks. It topped the charts throughout Europe.
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