Together Forever – Rick Astley | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop(#1); 1988

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Although Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman aren’t household names in either Britain or America, their work is extremely well known. They’re the men behind You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive (#11 U.S./#1 U.K.), Venus by Bananarama (#1 U.S./#8 U.K.), The Loco Motion from Kylie Minoque (#3 U.S./#2 U.K.), and Rick Astley.

Rick, then fronting FBI, first met Waterman at a private social club, and from there went to work at his studio as a glorified “tea boy.” In between making tea for star recording artists and learning recording basics, Rick put together his demo tape at another small studio.

When S-A-W heard it, they knew his voice was unique and – more importantly – recognizable, so the most successful producers in the Euro Dance-Pop universe took on Rick as their newest “find.”

Together Forever, also written by S-A-W, gave Rick his second straight #1 on the U.S. record and club play charts.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Stock Aitken Waterman

Lyrics Written by:

  • Stock Aitken Waterman