Before there was Rick Astley, Bobby Caldwell was often mistaken as a black male. This was perpetuated to ensure airplay on R&B format radio.
In order to ensure significant airplay on the African American-dominated R&B radio format of the time, Caldwell’s management took certain steps — such as portraying the artist only in silhouette on the cover and in advertisements — to hide the fact that he was white. The secret was, for obvious reasons, shattered by his first live appearances
Also, he was huge in Japan.
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