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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: The Definitive Collection

1. Little Latin Lupe Lu

2. My Babe

3. Georgia On My Mind

4. Koko Joe

5. You Can Have Her

6. Justine

7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

8. Just Once In My Life

9. See That Girl

10. Unchained Melody

11. Hung On You

12. Ebb Tide

13. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

14. He

15. He Will Break Your Heart

16. Go Ahead And Cry

17. On This Side Of Goodbye

18. Melancholy Music Man

19. Hang Ups

20. Brown Eyed Woman

21. Rock And Roll Heaven

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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 (1998)

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: The Moonglow Years

1. Little Latin Lupe Lu

2. Let The Good Times Roll

3. My Babe

4. Ko Ko Joe

5. I'm So Lonely

6. In That Great Gettin Up Mornin'

7. Love Or Magic

8. B Flat Blues

9. My Prayer

10. Bye Bye Love

11. Fee Fi Fidily I Ho

12. This Little Girl Of Mine

13. Baby What You Want Me To Do

14. I Just Wanna Make Love To You

15. Bring Your Love To Me

16. My Tears Will Go Away

17. Something's Got A Hold On Me

18. Try To Find Another Man

19. Fannie Mae

20. I Still Love You

21. For Your Love

22. Night Owl

23. You Can Have Her

24. Crying Blues

25. Burn On Love

26. Justine

27. At My Front Door

28. Georgia On My Mind

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

1. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

2. Unchained Melody

3. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

4. Ebb Tide

5. Just Once In My Life

6. The White Cliffs Of Dover (Single Version)

7. He

8. Hung On You

9. Little Latin Lupe Lu

10. Go Ahead And Cry

11. See That Girl

12. On This Side Of Goodbye

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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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The best. I love them
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cdokken7
So Beautiful !!! ❤️
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Forevermore, the unchained melody will always remain that quintessenti a l song that "no one" else but The One & Only Righteous Brothers should EVER even attempt to Sing!!
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☮️ Thanks to all of you who liked and commented on david...radi o , and to those who listen. 6+ decades of mostly rock and blues that's heavy on guitars, memories and his-story.
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This song is great, I have not heard it since 1966, I always thought they were Black, Lol. The song is wonderful and soothing.
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This is the best of the Righteous Brothers​
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I would love to do a couples dance to this.
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I just love this song
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love this song
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Music . I can't imagine life without it.
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Love the Righteous Brothers
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Nice
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Those of us who grew up in the 60's will always remember the wonderful sweet voices of The Righteous Brothers.
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Saw them in AC right before Bobby Passed
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"Bring Back That Lovin' Feelin'"was the background music for many lovin' times in the back (& front seat) of auto's all over the USA! How lucky were h.s. grads of the 60's?
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Greatest song of all time awesome
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Baby,baby,I get on my knees
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The 1991 version of " Unchained Melody " by the Righteous Brothers is truly one of the most perfect recordings expressing a mans yearning for true love .
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The lonely River sigh wait for me and so do I wait for me
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Might be the best song ever specially the way they sing it
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Just close your eyes and listen wow Brothers Righteous.th e best. It will always be hear on Pandora.Than k you
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Love this music
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What good am I,with out you
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Favorite group of all time
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The oldies are great.
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Love this song.
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My fav all time
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This music, not this computer crap, pen, paper, instruments, and AWSOME!!
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This is what clean pure love songs should sound like not the nasty music that is put out today
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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...
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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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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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