Hitmakers: Rick Astley reveals the secrets behind Never Gonna Give You Up

James Hanley

Never Gonna Give You Up hit No.1 in 1987 before introducing Rick Astley to a new generation 20 years later via the Rickrolling phenomenon. Here, the resurgent singer recalls how it came to be...

We recorded Never Gonna Give You Up, I would imagine, at the end of ’86. Stock Aitken Waterman were full-on at this point; they’d had a lot of hits already and were flying, big time.

They hired a guy called Ian Curnow to do pre-production and ...

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