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The Righteous Brothers

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Los Angeles, United States (1963 – 2003)

The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They recorded from 1963 through 1975, and continued to perform live until Hatfield’s death in 2003. Their emotive vocal stylings were sometimes dubbed “blue-eyed soul.”

They adopted their name in 1962 while performing together around Los Angeles, USA as part of a five-member group called The Paramours, which featured John Wimber (who was much later one of the founders of the Vineyard Movement) on keyboards.

Hatfield and Medley both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control, and tone that helped them create a strong and distinct duet sound (and perform as soloists). Medley sang the low parts with his deep, soulful baritone, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his soaring tenor. They gained their name when an African-American Marine shouted out “That was righteous, brothers” at the end of a show. John Wimber, one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement, played the keyboard in the band.

Their first major hit single was “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” in 1965. Produced by Phil Spector, the record is often cited as one of the peak expressions of Spector’s Wall of Sound production techniques. It was one of the most successful pop singles of its time, despite exceeding the standard length for radio play. Indeed, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” remains the most played song in radio history, estimated to have been broadcast over 8 million times to date. A little known fact about this song was that Spector utilized Sonny and Cher as back-up singers.

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  • NeidePB

    Unchained Melody ♥ [5]

    10 Apr 11:28am Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    Unchained Melody ♥ [4]

    6 Apr 12:57am Reply
  • motyIek

    Unchained Melody ♥ [3] > ^ . ^ <

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • usamike

    2 songs of Patrick swayze movie illustrate this band ! cult memory

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheBilli

    you've lost that lovin feelin so fuckin great...

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • MysteryWhisper

    "Unchained melody" is definitely one of the most beautiful melodies ever, it brings tears to my eyes. If I were a song, I'd love to be this one!

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • Pace_of_ossify

    Unchained Melody ♥ [2]

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' ♥

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fabioestefano

    Unchained Melody ♥

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BigBangTheorist

    Why is it whenever I listen to the hip-hop group Righteous Brothers, it always goes to this artist?

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • asnd16

    Absolute magical

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • coanta

    Unchained Melody & You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Moestitia

    You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • turnitup-

    Unchained Melody <3

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Tolesita

    Unchained Melody :33

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Mileymac20

    Major tear jerker.... Awesome awesome song

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • staywaivy

    Little Latin Lupe Lu

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gui_x

    Unchained Melody is a classic

    13 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    timeless tunes.

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • KileyGrosso

    This Sunday 6/5/2011 Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers fame will be hosting 100.3 FM The Sounds "My Turn" where he will be playing some of his favorite classic rock tracks from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. TUNE IN AT 6PM. Not in southern California? No problem! STREAM IT online for free @ www.thesoundla.com "My Turn" is one of The Sound's most talked about on-air features where artists and personalities take over The Sound airwaves. It happens every Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, commercial free. This unique program allows these artists to pick their own music and be a real Los Angeles radio DJ.

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
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