The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 October 2007

The path of Righteousness

The AP has a nice catch-up story about Bill Medley, the taller half of the Righteous Brothers, who at sixty-seven is still out there singing their hits. This bit caught me by surprise, though:

Their signature song, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," is listed by BMI as the most played in the history of American radio.

Medley still performs it every night, along with their other monster hit, "Unchained Melody."

"I have to do 'em," he says, laughing. "Or I wouldn't make it out of town alive."

No doubt. What's weird, of course, is that you can't hear Medley sing at all on the record of "Unchained Melody," issued as Philles 129 (and a B-side at that, the A-side being "Hung On You"); it's pretty much all Bobby Hatfield, who died in 2003. Stories persist that Medley produced "Unchained Melody," since it was a B-side and therefore beneath Phil Spector's dignity; I wish they'd asked Medley about that.

Posted at 7:19 PM to Tongue and Groove


"Their signature song, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," is listed by BMI as the most played in the history of American radio."

Huh. That IS a surprise. I'd have guessed 'Muskrat Love'.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:18 PM on 8 October 2007

"You've Lost That Muskrat Feeling" didn't make the top ten.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:10 AM on 9 October 2007
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