The Righteous Brothers were the highly acclaimed soul duo Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (August 10, 1940 - November 5, 2003). The duo began as members of a group known as the Paramours. During one of their performances at a local bar, a black marine in the audience shouted out after one of their duets, "That was righteous, brothers!" which inspired the duo's new moniker.
In 1963, the Righteous Brothers debuted on the charts with "Little Latin Lupe Lu." In 1965, their career really took off with the chart-topping "You Lost That Lovin' Feeling." Their many other hits also included "Unchained Melody" (1965, 1990 remake featured in the movie "Ghosts"), "Ebb Tide" (1966), "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" (1966), and "Rock And Roll Heaven" (1974).
The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
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The Righteous Brothers
- Dream On 1974
- Ebb Tide 1965
(This song was also a hit for Frank Chacksfield (1953, instrumental), Vic Damone (1953), Roy Hamilton (1954, 1959), Bobby Freeman (1959), the Platters (1960), and Lenny Welch (1964).)
- Go Ahead And Cry 1966
- He 1966
(This song was previously a hit for Al Hibbler (1955) and the McGuire Sisters (1955).)
- Just Once In My Life 1965
- Rock And Roll Heaven 1974
- (You're My) Soul And Inspiration 1966
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Donny & Marie Osmond (1978).)
- Unchained Melody 1965
(Although "Unchained Melody" previously topped the charts for Les Baxter in 1955, this famous love song has, over the years, become indelibly associated with the Righteous Brothers whose version is considered by many to be the definitive one. This song was also a hit for Al Hibbler (1955), Roy Hamilton (1955), June Valli (1955), Vito & the Salutations (1963), the Sweet Inspirations (1968) and Heart (1981). "Unchained Melody" was part of the soundtrack for the 1990 movie, "Ghost," and recharted for the Righteous Brother that same year.)
- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 1964
(This oldies classic topped the charts and later also became a hit for Dionne Warwick (1969), Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1971), Long John Baldry & Kathi MacDonald (1979), and Daryl Hall & John Oates (1980). "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is ranked at #34 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)
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