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The Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They recorded from 1963 through 1975, and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003. Their emotive vocal stylings were sometimes dubbed "blue-eyed soul." Medley and Hatfield both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control and tone that helped them create a strong and distinct duet sound and also to perform as soloists. Medley sang the low parts with his deep, soulful baritone, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his soaring tenor. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Bill Medley (born William Thomas Medley on September 19, 1940 in Los Angeles, California) was one half of The Righteous Brothers singing duo. ... Robert Lee Bobby Hatfield (August 10, 1940 – November 5, 2003), was one half of The Righteous Brothers singing duo. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blue-eyed soul is a term used to describe R&B or soul music performed by white people. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or examples of poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ...


They adopted their name in 1962 while performing together in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called The Paramours, which featured John Wimber, one of the founders of the Vineyard Movement, on keyboards. At the end of one particular performance, a Black marine in the audience shouted, "That was righteous, brothers!", prompting the pair to adopt the name and embark on a career as a duo. John Wimber (born February 25, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois, died November 17, 1997) was a charismatic pastor and one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement. ... The Vineyard Movement is a combination renewal and church planting movement which can also be considered a Christian denomination. ...

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Musical career

The Righteous Brothers started their career with two moderate hits: "Little Latin Lupe Lu" (1962) and "Koko Joe" (1963). Both songs received airplay, but their first major hit single would be "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, according to BMI, "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 is that Spector used Cher (of Sonny & Cher fame) as a backup singer on this and other recordings. Youve Lost That Lovin Feelin is a 1965 number-one hit single by The Righteous Brothers. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. ... Wall of Sound is a phrase used to describe the effect created by the music production techniques of record producer Phil Spector. ... Youve Lost That Lovin Feelin is a 1965 number-one hit single by The Righteous Brothers. ... Cheryl Sarkisian LaPierre (better known as Cher) (born on May 20, 1946),[1] is an American actress, singer, songwriter, author and entertainer. ... Sonny & Cher were an American rock & roll duo, made up of husband and wife team Sonny Bono and Cher in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


The Righteous Brothers had several other Spector-produced hit singles in 1965, including "Just Once in My Life," "Unchained Melody" and "Ebb Tide." However, they did not get along well with Spector and left in 1965. They next released "(You're my) Soul and Inspiration," which was a Phil Spector sound-alike song that became a #1 hit in 1966. After a few more top 40 songs, including their renditions of "White Cliffs of Dover" and "Georgia on My Mind," their popularity began to decline and they eventually split up for more than seven years. Medley recorded a few solos including "Brown-eyed Woman" (1968)and teamed up briefly with another singer using the Righteous Brothers name, but neither he nor Hatfield was able to achieve any significant level of success. In 1974, Medley and Hatfield reunited, performing on the "Sonny and Cher Hour." 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Just Once In My Life is a song written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Phil Spector. ... Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some counts having spawned over 500 versions. ... Ebb Tide is a popular song, written in 1953 by lyricist Carl Sigman and musicwriter Robert Maxwell. ...


Later career and going solo

In 1974, they scored another hit with "Rock and Roll Heaven," a paean to several deceased rock singers. A few more minor hits followed, and then the Righteous Brothers found themselves "hitless" again until 1990, although they toured frequently. In 1990, their original 1965 version of "Unchained Melody" returned to the charts following its inclusion in the movie Ghost. Taking advantage of the popularity of the song, the duo released a newly recorded version on Curb Records, which was certified platinum for sales of a million U.S. copies.[citation needed] 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, in one of the most famous scenes from the movie Ghost is a 1990 romantic drama-fantasy-thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. ... Curb Records is a country record label started by Mike Curb in 1973, after leaving MGM Records. ...


Medley had some later solo success in 1987 with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which he sang with Jennifer Warnes on the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing and earned a Grammy Award. Each charted with solo singles, although none made the Top 40. [One of Medley's minor entries, "Don't Know Much," was a bigger hit in 1989 as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville.] Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film directed by Emile Ardolino. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Dont Know Much is a song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow and made famous when performed as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville on Ronstadts 1989 album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is a multi-Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling, Emmy Award-winning, and Tony Award nominated singer. ... Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American soul and R&B singer. ...


Awards

The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2003, less than a year before Hatfield's untimely death. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Passing

Bobby Hatfield died of a cocaine overdose on November 5, 2003. He was found dead in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, half an hour before he was due to perform a concert with Bill Medley at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. Robert Lee Bobby Hatfield (August 10, 1940 – November 5, 2003), was one half of The Righteous Brothers singing duo. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan Coordinates: Counties Kalamazoo County Incorporation 1883 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Hannah McKinney Area  - City  25. ... Western Michigan University (abbr. ... James W. Miller Auditorium is a performance venue at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...


US and UK hit singles

Righteous Brothers

  • 1963: "Little Latin Lupe Lu" - #49 US
  • 1963: "My Babe" - #75 US (re-charted in 1965 at #101 US)
  • 1964: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - 1 US, #1 UK
  • 1965: "Bring Your Love To Me" - # 83 US / "Fannie Mae" - #117 US
  • 1965: "Just Once In My Life" - #9 US
  • 1965: "You Can Have Her" - #67 US
  • 1965: "Justine" - #85 US
  • 1965: "Unchained Melody" - #4 US, #14 UK / "Hung On You" - #47 US
  • 1965: "Ebb Tide" - #5 US, #48 UK
  • 1966: "Georgia On My Mind" - #62 US
  • 1966: "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" - #1 US (Gold), #15 UK
  • 1966: "He" - #18 US / "He Will Break Your Heart" - #91 US
  • 1966: "Go Ahead and Cry" - #30 US
  • 1966: "On This Side of Goodbye" - #47 US
  • 1966: "The White Cliffs of Dover" - #21 UK
  • 1966: "Island in the Sun" - #24 UK
  • 1967: "Melancholy Music Man" - #43 US
  • 1967: "Stranded in the Middle of Noplace" - #72 US / "Been So Nice" - #128 US
  • 1969: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (re-issue) - #10 UK
  • 1974: "Rock and Roll Heaven" - #3
  • 1974: "Give It to the People" - #20
  • 1974: "Dream On" - #32
  • 1977: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (re-issue) - #42 UK
  • 1990: "Unchained Melody" (re-issue) - #13 (plus Adult Contemporary #1) US, #1 UK
  • 1990: "Unchained Melody" (new 1990 recording for Curb Records) - #19 US (Platinum)
  • 1990: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" / "Ebb Tide" (re-issue) - #3 UK

NOTE: "Bring Your Love To Me"/"Fannie Mae", "You Can Have Her," "Justine" and "Georgia On My Mind" were singles of old material released in the US by the Moonglow label to cash in on the duo's success on Philles (1964-65) and Verve (1966-67), which explains their relatively low chart positions. Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some counts having spawned over 500 versions. ... Ebb Tide is a popular song, written in 1953 by lyricist Carl Sigman and musicwriter Robert Maxwell. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Georgia on My Mind is a song written in 1930 by Stuart Gorrell (lyrics) and Hoagy Carmichael (music). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


Bill Medley

  • 1968: "I Can't Make It Alone" - #95 US
  • 1968: "Brown Eyed Woman" - #43 US
  • 1968: "Peace, Brother, Peace" - #48 US
  • 1981: "Don't Know Much" - #88 US
  • 1982: "Right Here and Now" - #58 US
  • 1987: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" with Jennifer Warnes - 1 US (Pop and AC) (Gold), #6 UK
  • 1988: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - #25 UK

Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Dont Know Much is a song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow and made famous when performed as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville on Ronstadts 1989 album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...

Bobby Hatfield

For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Only You (And You Alone) (often shortened to Only You) is a song composed by Buck Ram and Ande Rand. ...

Discography References

  • Billboard Top Pop Singles by Joel Whitburn
  • GWR British Hit Singles and Albums (2004 edition), pgs. 360 and 461

Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian. ...

External links

References

  • Roberts, David (ed.), 2004, "Guinness World Records- British Hit Singles & Albums", Guinness World Records. ISBN 0-85112-199-3

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