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Righteous Brothers - Rock Music Artists - SEE: Bill Medley
Blue-Eyed Soul, Brill Building Pop, Pop/Rock
The Righteous Brothers
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
For nearly four decades, the Righteous Brothers defined the essence of "blue-eyed soul." Together and as solo artists, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield reached generations of fans with their unmistakable, heartfelt vocal style. From their 1965 chart-topping success with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" to 1990's surprise rediscovery of "Unchained Melody," the Righteous Brothers endured and thrived as legendary talents.
What explains the duo's evergreen appeal? Perhaps it's the raw emotion which Medley and Hatfield conveyed as singers. There's also the knack they had for choosing timeless, immaculately crafted songs to record.
"Unchained Melody," featured in the film 'Ghost,' became a platinum single in early '91 when the duo's newly recorded version sold more than one million copies. The song also earned them a Grammy nomination in the category of "Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocal." The re-recorded "Unchained Melody" was included on "Very Best of Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody" (released October '90), as well as on "Reunion."
The return of "Unchained Melody" to the charts some 25 years after the Righteous Brothers first recorded the song is nothing short of amazing. The stirring, achingly romantic power of their music has truly stood the test of time.
Medley and Hatfield first became
"brothers" after both were performing on their own around
their home turf in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange County. They sang
together one night, and the audience response convinced them to stay
together. They quickly developed a stage act which featured the urgent
back-and-forth vocal exchanges that went on to become their trademark.
Medley's soulful, rich timbre was the perfect compliment for the
higher-pitched, gospel-tinged range of Hatfield.
1965 saw the release of
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," which matched the Righteous
Brothers' passionate singing with Spector's famed "Wall of
Sound" to monumental effect. The song topped the charts and led to
further hits, including "Just Once In My Life,"
"Unchained Melody" and "Ebb Tide."
Notable songs include --
Brill Building Pop
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