Some of the African-American servicemen who frequented the club were quite taken with their soulful performance, and would call out "that was righteous, brothers" at the end of songs. Zaret was originally not interested in helping North with the lyrics for the song, but North kept after him and Zaret finally agreed. "Unchained Melody" was written by composer Alex North and lyricist Hy Zaret. I have also archived more information about And so it was that "Unchained Melody", a hit form a decade earlier, was covered by Medley and Hatfield. (died 2001) has also been archived by me. Feeling that he could add something more to the song, Hatfield asked Medley to let him record over part of the original take. Lyrics and Chords to their timeless version, as used in the movie "Ghost.". Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 22, 2019: I had no idea about the origin of this song...and I didn't know how the Righteous Brothers got together. The Righteous Brothers. In recent years, he has sung it as a tribute to Hatfield, who passed away in 2003. As a teen at the time of the Righteous Brothers release I had always imagined it as an plea of someone deployed in NAM! It was there that he met North, who composed the music. Into the studio they went to record the song. Thank you for the wonderful read and explanation of the origin of this song. He is deeply conflicted and must decide whether to behave himself behind bars and serve out his sentence or try to escape so he can see his wife, who he loves deeply and misses so very much. After the tracks had been laid down, Hatfield asked if he could make a change. Over the last few The part that Hatfield re-recorded? The most inspiring version of Unchained Melody While in Daly City in 1964 with one of his groups The Ronettes, music producer Phil Spector happened to catch a performance by The Righteous Brothers. North, a composer and accompanist for a modern dancer at the time, was on the staff. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on March 13, 2019: I'm with you Jerry, this is a beautiful song...timeless! Photo courtesy Orange County Archives, (CC by 2.0), via Flickr. Yet we must all be thankful for its brief sojourn with us, for the legacy of Unchained Melody is surely as North composed the score for the film and was then asked to write a theme song. — Tom Ryan, American Hit Radio: A History of Popular Singles From 1955 to the Present. The Righteous Brothers wanted to re-release the song because of the renewed interest caused by the movie. Both the book and the movie follow the story of a man serving time in a medium-security prison. The song made its debut at #72 on The Billboard Hot 100 the week of July 17th, 1965 and steadily rose up the chart, peaking in the number four spot the week of August 28th. Spector immediately approached the guys about coming to work for him and learned they were already under contract with Moonglow. by the incredible Denver vocal group, It didn't disappear from the list until the week of October 16th, 1965. Wanting to feature "Hung on You" as the A-side of the 45's release, he chose an older song for the guys to cover for the B-side. One of the truly beautiful songs ever written, and their recording of it will always be a classic. Thank you for sharing all the history this was very interesting to learn. has to be this one (9 Mb .mp3) It happened that the duo were booked into a club in Irvine California near the El Toro Marine Base. The word unchained doesn't appear in the lyrics at all. great a gift to lovers as anything ever crooned by Johnny Mathis. The Best of the Righteous Brothers: 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on February 22, 2019: You are so welcome Bill. There is a great compilation CD available called The Best of the Righteous Brothers: 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection that includes this song, plus "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on April 19, 2018: That's what I thought too when I read that Flourish. It was never highly rated, and disappeared almost immediately from everyone's memory. "Unchained Melody" was written by composer Alex North and lyricist Hy Zaret. An old 45 recording of "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers, By Philles Records (http://www.45cat.com/record/ph129) [Public domain], via Wikimed. When they first caught each other in action, blue-eyed soul singers Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were both performing in different California-based bands, singing in clubs throughout the state. The movie version of the song was performed by Todd Duncan, who also had a minor role in the movie. Reginald Thomas from Connecticut on April 18, 2018: Nice article! "I pestered him and pestered him to compose a piano copy for me. As the producer, Medley agreed. I can absolutely see why you would associate it with someone serving in 'Nam...anyone, anywhere who has ever missed someone they love would feel this song tugging at their heartstrings for sure. Thanks for the background, Kaili! Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on December 17, 2018: Hi Dieter, I'm so glad you enjoyed this! The song was also recorded by Harry Belafonte later that same year. "...it's a record designed to reduce anyone separated from the one they love to a "pile of mush"'. Medley had previously been producing the songs the duo recorded for Moonglow, so he readily agreed to the arrangement. I'll bet he was glad later on through when the royalty payments came in! years the internet version of "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" has become all too common.

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