Song / Whenever You Need Somebody
O'chi Brown / Whenever You Need Somebody
"Whenever You Need Somebody" is a song written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, which became successful for two of their artists.
Rick Astley had the biggest hit with the song, making it a worldwide smash, but was originally written for English singer O'Chi Brown, and released in November 1985 on Magnetic Records. It became a minor hit for Brown in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 97 there.
The single was later released in 1986 in the US, where it became a #1 hit on the dance charts. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, however. The song was later included in Brown's studio album O'Chi, released in 1986.
When the song was covered by Rick Astley in 1987, Magnet reissued the single in 12" format with new mixes in late 1987.