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Encyclopedia > Unchained Melody
"Unchained Melody"
"Unchained Melody" cover
Single by The Righteous Brothers
from the album Just Once in My Life
A-side Hung on You
Released July 17, 1965
Format 7"
Genre Blue eyed soul
Length 3:34
Label Philles
Writer Hy Zaret
Alex North
Producer Phil Spector
The Righteous Brothers singles chronology
Just Once In My Life
(1964)
Hung on You/Unchained Melody
(1965)
Ebb Tide
(1965)

"Unchained Melody" is a popular song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. It is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some counts having spawned over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages[1]. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Righteous Brothers The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blue-eyed soul is soul music as performed by white people and usually as intended for white audiences. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Philles Records was formed in 1961 by Phil Spector and Lester Sill. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alex North (December 4, 1910 - September 8, 1991) was an American composer responsible for the first jazz based film score (A Streetcar Named Desire) and the first truly modernist film score (Viva Zapata!). Born Isadore Soifer in Chester, Pennsylvania, Alex North was an original composer probably even by the classical... 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. ... The Righteous Brothers The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. ... Ebb Tide is a popular song, written in 1953 by lyricist Carl Sigman and musicwriter Robert Maxwell. ... Alex North (December 4, 1910 - September 8, 1991) was an American composer responsible for the first jazz based film score (A Streetcar Named Desire) and the first truly modernist film score (Viva Zapata!). Born Isadore Soifer in Chester, Pennsylvania, Alex North was an original composer probably even by the classical... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


In 1955, North used the music as a theme for the obscure prison film Unchained. Todd Duncan, the baritone who performed in the original Porgy and Bess, sang the vocals for the film soundtrack.[2] Les Baxter (Capitol Records catalog number 3055), released an instrumental version which reached #2. Al Hibbler followed close behind (Decca Records catalog number 29441, with a vocal version that reached #3 on the Billboard charts). He was followed soon after by Jimmy Young whose version hit #1 on the British charts. Roy Hamilton's version (Epic Records catalog number 9102) reached #6, while June Valli (RCA Victor Records catalog number 20-6078) took it to #29. [3] Rockabilly legend Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded it for their second album in 1956 - Vincent's version is played at mid-tempo and features a tremolo picking guitar part. It is also probably the most unusual cover version, as the chorus was omitted. Harry Belafonte sang it at the 1956 Academy Awards where it finished fifth in the voting for the Academy Award for Best Original Song of 1955. In 1963, an uptempo, doo-wop version hit the regional charts (eastern U.S.) by Vito & the Salutations, eventually becoming part of the soundtrack for Goodfellas in 1990. The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Unchained is a 1955 prison film based on the non-fiction book Prisoners are People by Kenyon J. Scudder. ... Robert Todd Duncan (1903-1998) was an American baritone. ... The cast of Porgy and Bess during the Boston try-out prior to the Broadway opening. ... Les Baxter (March 14, 1922 - January 15, 1996) studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... This list presents the numbering systems used by various record companies for single (mainly 7 33 1/3 and 45, and 10 78 rpm) records. ... Albert George Hibbler (August 16, 1915-April 24, 2001) was a singer. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... There are a number of famous people of this name including: Jimmy Young (boxer) Jimmy Young (disc jockey) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Cover of Roy Hamiltons first full-length album (Collectables Records CD reissue). ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Gene Vincent, real name Vincent Eugene Craddock, (February 11, 1935 - October 12, 1971) was an American rocknroll pioneer musician, best known for his hit Be-Bop-A-Lula. // His parents, Ezekiah Jackson and Mary Louise Craddock, were shop owners in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Harold George Belafonete, Jr. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Vito & the Salutations are a doo wop group from the 1960s, who scored a minor success with an up tempo version of the song Unchained Melody, which reached number 60 on the Cash Box hit parade. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ...


The song regained popularity when another version was produced by Phil Spector in 1965, credited to the Righteous Brothers, but performed as a solo by Bobby Hatfield, who later recorded versions credited solely to him. It climbed to #4. "Unchained Melody" reappeared on the Billboard charts in 1990, reaching #19, after The Righteous Brothers' recording was used in the film Ghost. It reached #1 in the UK, becoming the UK's top selling single of 1990; it also later reached #1 in Australia, staying at number-one for 7 weeks through November 1990 and into January 1991. Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... The Righteous Brothers The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. ... Robert Lee Bobby Hatfield (August 10, 1940 – November 5, 2003), was one half of The Righteous Brothers singing duo. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... The following lists the number one singles on the Australian Singles Chart, along with other substantial hits, during the 1990s. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see January (disambiguation). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


On June 21, 1977, just six weeks prior to his death, Elvis Presley performed "Unchained Melody" for what would be his last television appearance, "Elvis In Concert." However, the recording that was ultimately released as a single and included on the "Moody Blue" album (the last released while he was alive) was from an earlier appearance at Ann Arbor, Michigan, featuring him on piano, as it was invariably the case when Presley sang the song in concert. is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


In 1995, the song was performed by Robson Green and Jerome Flynn in the UK drama series Soldier Soldier. This version was subsequently released as a single and quickly reached #1 in the UK, becoming one of the country's all time biggest selling records. Robson Green with Francesca Annis as pictured on the DVD release of Reckless Robson Golightly Green (born December 18, 1964 in Hexham, Northumberland) is a British actor and singer. ... Jerome Flynn (b. ... Soldier Soldier was a British television drama series. ...


The song has become a favorite among auditioners for TV singing contests. It has often been said by Simon Cowell to be his favorite song, leading it to be a favourite among those hoping to impress him in auditions for Pop Idol, American Idol, and The X Factor. It was performed on the original series of Pop Idol by runner-up Gareth Gates, who later released it as a single. It was also sung on Australian Idol by finalist Dan England and 2006's winner Damien Leith, and on American Idol by Clay Aiken during the Season 2 Top 3 finals, after which he advanced to the Top 2 (finals), as well as Kellie Pickler on Season 5 Top 6 Love Songs Week, for which she was eliminated. Simon Phillip Cowell (born 7 October 1959) is an English artist and repertoire (A&R) executive for Sony BMG in the United Kingdom and a television producer, more commonly known as a judge on television programmes such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, American Idol and Britains Got Talent. ... This article is about the British television series. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... For the current series, see The X Factor (UK series 4). ... Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop singer who shot to fame in 2002 when he came second in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. ... Australian Idol is the Logie Award winning Australian version of the hit British TV show Pop Idol. ... Dan England (born August 22, 1984), was a contestant on the third season of Australian Idol in 2005. ... Damien Leo Leith (b. ... Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop singer who rose to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. ... The second season of American Idol premiered on January 21, 2003 and continued until May 21, 2003. ... Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music singer and songwriter who finished sixth on the fifth season of the Fox television series American Idol. ... The fifth season of American Idol began on January 17, 2006 and concluded on May 24, 2006. ...


Cyndi Lauper was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award for "Best Instrumental Composition Accompanying a Vocal" for her interpretation of the song, which appears on the At Last album. In 2006, singer Barry Manilow covered the song on his album Greatest Songs of the Fifties, and it reached #20. Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... At Last is a 2003 album by Cyndi Lauper. ... Barry Manilow is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy, Weekend in New England, and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ...


The song has been #1 on lists of love songs featured on Channel Four and Channel Five. Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


Notable Covers and derivations

  • The song was covered by Gene Vincent in 1957. It was released on his album Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps.
  • A somber a capella version of the song was covered by the late 50's band The Fleetwoods.
  • In 1969, Roy Orbison recorded his own version of the song. It appears on "Roy Orbison's Many Moods" (1969).
  • Sonny & Cher recorded an unusually upbeat rendition of the song in 1968.
  • Portions of the song were woven into the song Chinese Café by Joni Mitchell.
  • Country singer LeAnn Rimes also recorded the song for her 1997 album Unchained Melody: The Early Years
  • Irish rock group U2 recorded a cover of the song as a B-side on the "All I Want Is You" single in 1989. The song was first performed live by the band during the Zoo TV Tour where a brief form of the song was frequently sung after "One," such as the performance on the Zoo TV: Live from Sydney video. The song was played in full by U2 about 20 times during their PopMart Tour, but has since only returned to their live shows a handful of times in its original brief form.[4]
  • In 2006, Il Divo made a cover version in Italian named "Unchained Melody (Senza Catene)" in their second album, Ancora.
  • In 1997, Gerry & The Pacemakers covered the song on their album How Do You Do It.

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References

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3246887.stm
  2. ^ Robert Rodriguez, The 1950s' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Rock & Roll Rebels, Brassey's, p90
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. 
  4. ^ Unchained Melody. U2-Vertigo-Tour.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.

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External links

  • Behind the song, MPL Communications
  • 'Unchained Melody' Lyricist Dies at 99, All Things Considered, July 3, 2007, National Public Radio (U.S.). The audio linked from that page includes snippets of various artists performing the song.
Preceded by
The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

May 21, 1955July 2, 1955
Succeeded by
(We're Gonna) Rock around the Clock
Preceded by
"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" by Eddie Calvert
UK number-one single version by Jimmy Young
1955
Succeeded by
"Dreamboat" by Alma Cogan
Preceded by
"A Little Time" by The Beautiful South
UK number-one single version by The Righteous Brothers
October 28, 1990 for 4 weeks
Succeeded by
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
Preceded by
"Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
November 24, 1990 - January 12, 1991
Succeeded by
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
Preceded by
"Dreamer" by Livin' Joy
UK number-one single version by Robson & Jerome
14 May 1995 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Boom Boom Boom" by The Outhere Brothers
Preceded by
"Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" by Will Young
UK number-one single version by Gareth Gates
March 24, 2002 - April 20, 2002
Succeeded by
"The Hindu Times" by Oasis

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