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The Righteous Brothers

They weren't brothers, but Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (both born in 1940) were most definitely righteous, defining (and perhaps even inspiring) the term "blue-eyed soul" in the mid-'60s. The white Southern California duo were an established journeyman doo wop/R&B act before an association with Phil Spector produced one of the most memorable hits of the 1960s, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." The collaboration soon fell apart, though, and while the singers had some other excellent hit singles in a similar style, they proved unable to sustain their momentum after just a year or two at the top.

When Medley and Hatfield combined forces in 1962, they emerged from regional groups the Paramours and the Variations; in fact, they kept the Paramours billing for their first single. By 1963, they were calling themselves the Righteous Brothers, Medley taking the low parts with his smoky baritone, Hatfield taking the higher tenor and falsetto lines. For the next couple of years they did quite a few energetic R&B tunes on the Moonglow label that bore similarity to the gospel/soul/rock style of Ray Charles, copping their greatest success with "Little Latin Lupe Lu," which became a garage-band favorite covered by Mitch Ryder, the Kingsmen, and others.

Even on the Moonglow recordings, Bill Medley acted as producer and principal songwriter, but the duo wouldn't break out nationally until they put themselves at the services of Phil Spector. Spector gave the Wall of Sound treatment to "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," a grandiose ballad penned by himself, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil. At nearly four minutes, the song was pushing the limits of what could be played on radio in the mid-'60s, and some listeners thought they were hearing a 45 single played at 33 rpm due to Medley's low, blurry lead vocal. No matter; the song had a power that couldn't be denied, and went all the way to number one.

The Righteous Brothers had three more big hits in 1965 on Spector's Philles label ("Just Once in My Life," "Unchained Melody," and "Ebb Tide"), all employing similar dense orchestral arrangements and swelling vocal crescendos. Yet the Righteous Brothers-Spector partnership wasn't a smooth one, and by 1966 the duo had left Philles for a lucrative deal with Verve. Medley, already an experienced hand in the producer's booth, reclaimed the producer's chair, and the Righteous Brothers had another number one hit with their first Verve outing, "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration." Its success must have been a particularly bitter blow for Spector, given that Medley successfully emulated the Wall of Sound orchestral ambience of the Righteous Brothers' Philles singles down to the smallest detail, even employing the same Mann-Weil writing team that had contributed to "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." It's a bit of a mystery as to why the Righteous Brothers never came close to duplicating that success during the rest of their tenure at Verve. But they would only have a couple of other Top 40 hits in the 1960s ("He" and "Go Ahead and Cry," both in 1966), even with the aid of occasional compositions by the formidable Goffin-King team. In 1968 Medley left for a solo career; Hatfield, the less talented of the pair (at least from a songwriting and production standpoint), kept the Righteous Brothers going with Jimmy Walker (who had been in the Knickerbockers).

Medley had a couple of small hits in the late '60s as a solo act, but unsurprisingly neither "brother" was worth half as much on their own as they were together. In 1974 they reunited and had a number three hit with "Rock and Roll Heaven," a tribute to dead rock stars that some found tacky. A couple of smaller hits followed before Medley retired from performing for five years in 1976. The Righteous Brothers continued to tour the oldies circuit off and on in the 1980s and 1990s. It was while on one of these tours that Bobby Hatfield died suddenly on November 5, 2003. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Righteous Brothers

1. Little Latin Lupe Lu

2. Koko Joe

3. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

4. Just Once In My Life

5. See That Girl

6. Unchained Melody

7. Hung On You

8. Ebb Tide

9. White Cliffs Of Dover

10. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

11. He

12. Go Ahead And Cry

13. On This Side Of Goodbye

14. Rock & Roll Heaven

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Track List: Gold

Disc 1

1. Little Latin Lupe Lu

4. My Babe

5. Ko Ko Joe

6. Let The Good Times Roll

7. Try To Find Another Man

8. I Just Wanna Make Love To You

9. Something's Got A Hold On Me

10. This Little Girl Of Mine

11. Bring Your Love To Me

12. Fannie Mae

13. You Can Have Her

14. Justine

15. Georgia On My Mind

16. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

18. Just Once In My Life

19. See That Girl

20. Unchained Melody

21. Hung On You

22. Ebb Tide

24. The White Cliffs Of Dover

Disc 2

1. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

3. He

4. Go Ahead And Cry

6. On This Side Of Goodbye

8. Melancholy Music Man

9. Stranded In The Middle Of No Place

14. Brown Eyed Woman

18. My Prayer

22. Rock And Roll Heaven

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Track List: Retrospective 1963-1974

1. Unchained Melody

2. My Babe

3. Justine

4. See That Girl

5. Just Once In My Life

6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

7. Hung On You

8. On This Side Of Goodbye

9. Little Latin Lupe Lu

10. Georgia On My Mind

11. He

12. The White Cliffs Of Dover

13. Ebb Tide

15. Go Ahead And Cry

16. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

18. Brown Eyed Woman

19. Melancholy Music Man

20. Rock And Roll Heaven

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Track List: Soul And Inspiration

1. Soul And Inspiration

2. He Will Break Your Heart

3. Justine

4. Bring Your Love To Me

5. Little Latin Lupe Lu

6. Go Ahead And Cry

7. My Babe

8. Stranded In The Middle Of Noplace

9. He

10. Melancholy Music Man

11. On This Side Of Goodbye

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Track List: Reunion

1. Unchained Melody (1991 Version)

2. Just Once In My Life (1991 Version)

3. Rock & Roll Heaven (1991 Version)

4. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration (1991 Version)

5. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (1991 Version)

6. Hung On You (1991 Version)

7. Try To Find Another Woman (1991 Version)

8. Little Latin Lupe Lu' (1991 Version)

9. Ebbtide (1991 Version)

10. My Babe (1991 Version)

11. Unchained Melody (Timeless Love Extended Version)

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Track List: (Unchained Melody) Best Of Righteous Brothers

1. Unchained Melody

2. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

3. Soul And Inspiration

4. Ebbtide

5. Just Once In My Life

6. Little Latin Lupe Lu

7. My Babe

8. Try To Find Another Woman

9. American Rock And Roll

10. Georgia On My Mind

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. Little Latin Lupe Lu

2. My Babe

3. Georgia On My Mind

4. Koko Joe

5. You Can Have Her

8. Just Once In My Life

9. See That Girl

12. Ebb Tide

15. He Will Break Your Heart

16. Go Ahead And Cry

17. On This Side Of Goodbye

20. Brown Eyed Woman

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still one of my favorites after 50 tears of listening
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Love their harmony! Wonderful music to dance to ♥
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Are you still mine I need your love.tell me
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Blue eyes.blue eye's soul at its best.. Great music thanks Pandora
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Great.Just once in my life
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Some of the best love songs I've ever heard
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They truly were righteous and are missed today>>> grew up listening to them...
LG New York
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These guys are beyond great. Absolutely , the greatest!!��
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Unchained Melody is my favorite song by the RB's.
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My favorite song love
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Way cool where did the music go?
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I meant Hatfield
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angelpie1031 0
Wow what great voices! So totally different but together perfection! Bobby Hatched had an amazing vocal range,
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Know how old you become, these songs return you quickly to your youth!
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A friend of mine first saw them Cal
In the early 60s when he got home he said these guys where great. Saw them on Jackie Gleason show wow was he right

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Memories of the way it once was��
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I just love all the odies
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How come this has all changed !
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My mom and dad favrite song thay like to dance to it
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This is what we listened to on our am radios and record plays be for the Big Bang.
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One of the best love songs ever
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This is amazing. If only music nowadays was like this.
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Oh how wonderful great music five stars
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Even though I'm a lady.....I try to sing this song falsetto when I hear it play *me smiling*
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Great song. A true classic by the Righteous Brothers. Unchained Melody will never go out of style!!
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MY DAD LIKED THEYRE MUSIC R.I.P. MY DEAR DAD ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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This incredible love song can never be duplicated. It is Forever the one and only "unchained Melody". ❤️❤️
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BRIAN !! If I WAS ABLE TO PICK ONE SONG THAT SHOWED THAT YOU PLAY SONGS OVER AND OVER AND EXPECT ME TO KEEP HGING ON !!
I REALLY WANT A LIFE WITH YOU !! BUT SOME TIME THE MUSIC HAS TO STOP !! WE ,, I NEED MORE !!
Bio !!!
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However much I love this song I can't listen to it sung by the older version of these guy's. Being out of tune caused by trying to hit notes that they can no longer hit makes listening unbearable. Ouch!
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See don't even care if spelled wrong anymore !!
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Baried
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I am going to 100 and barie
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we need each other's love togerther we will be one I hope the spark turn into flame I will call me give me your cell number my Mike your mimi
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Great music that transends generations. From my parents to me as well as to my children. Thanks
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Love You've Lost That Lov'in Feeling!!!!! !
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I dream of you last night
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AMAZING
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This is one of my favorite. I love you for sentimental reason.
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Great tribute song!!!
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God speed your love yes please
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Blue eye soul
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This is Al Greens Station

Why no al Green
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Last song my mother heard before her death. Special song to my family. We love and miss her. Wish she was here to hear all the greatest music.
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I let her go she was everything now nothing
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The Righteous Bros 1991 version of Unchained Melody is superb .
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you are still mine my love Mike forever my love mimi
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Oh my love how I need your love
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I need your love omy
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