Cry for Help

"Cry for Help" is the title of the first single taken from British dance-pop singer Rick Astley's third studio album, Free. It was written by Rick Astley and Rob Fisher. The Andraé Crouch Choir provided backing vocals.

"Cry for Help"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Free
Released21 January 1991
Format
Recorded1990
Genre
Length
  • 4:51 (album version)
  • 4:17 (radio edit)
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Gary Stevenson
  • Rick Astley
Rick Astley singles chronology
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
(1989)
"Cry for Help"
(1991)
"Move Right Out"
(1991)

Released as a single in January 1991, "Cry for Help" reached number seven on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number four in Canada and was a number-one hit on both the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts. The song's number-seven UK chart placing meant that Astley became the first male solo artist to have his first eight singles reach the British top 10.

The song is a soul ballad, unlike Astley's other more dance-oriented hit singles such as "Never Gonna Give You Up". It was co-written by British singer Rob Fisher, formerly one half of the 1980s pop outfits Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher. To date, the song was Astley's last appearance in the top 10 in either the US or UK.

The song has been sung by Rick Astley in duet with Soren Sko and covered by Thomas Anders (ex-Modern Talking).

Track listing

  1. "Cry for Help" (single edit) – 4:03
  2. "Cry for Help" – 4:50
  3. "Cry for Help" (extended mix) – 6:26

Charts

References

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