(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration By The Righteous Brothers

February 27, 2017

After The Righteous Brothers hits stopped for the Phillies label; owner and producer Phil Specter sold their contract to MGM for one-million dollars. Spector’s loss was MGM’s gain.

Their first hit for the label was a Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann composition “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration. It was a song they had abandoned once as being second-rate. It would become the biggest hit of the duo’s career.

“(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” became the number one song in the United States, April 9, 1966, and there it remained for three weeks.

That’s The Way Of Love 45 by The Paramours

May 9, 2012

All career have to start somewhere.

The Paramours were an early 1960s, five man west coast vocal group. They managed to secure a record deal and released “That’s The Way Of Love,” which did not chart.

Two of the group’s members, Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley, began performing as a duo and the rest, as they say, is Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame History.

While The Paramours single, “That’s What Love Is For,” may have been credible pop, today the release is remmembered as the debut of The Righteous Brothers.

Hold On, I’m Comin’ 45 by Bill Medley

May 8, 2012

Bill Medley is a member of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of The Righteous Brothers.

When The Righteous Brothers were on hiatus, Bill Medley released a number of albums and singles, none of which became a big hit. Oddly his only big success outside of The Righteous Brothers was another duet with Jennifer Warnes, when their “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” reached number one.

He always had a soulful voice and he gave a credible performance on the soul classic, “Hold On, I’M Comin.'” It was a difficult song to make unique as it will always be associated with Sam & Dave and his version did not chart.

Bobby Hatfield passed away during 2003 which ended The Righteous Brothers. Bill Medley continues to perform at the Dick Clark Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 45 by The Righteous Brothers

April 28, 2012

Phil Spector made his mark by producing some of the best singles in rock ‘n’ roll history through his famous wall of sound. He usually worked with female vocal groups such as the Ronettes and Crystals.

The Righteous Brothers may have seemed out of place on the Spector’s Phillies label of artists but the results were spectacular.

Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were an unusal duo as they rotated the lead vocal rather than singing in a classic duet style.

“You’ve Lost THat Lovin’ Feelin,” entered the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart just before Christmas, 1964, and eventually spent two weeks in the number one position. It also reached number two on the Rhythm & Blues Chart. It reached number one in the U.K. as well, just beating out Cilla Black’s version of the song, which peaked at number two.

It was a rare song that began with no intumental intro. but immediately started with the vocal. The song just built throughout as Spector multi-layered the vocals and backing instruments.

BMI stated that it was the most played song on radio during the 20th century, surpassing seven-million plays.

100%/Soft and Soulful by Bill Medley

January 14, 2012

Bill Medley is famous for being one half of The Righteous Brothers. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo was part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, scoring such hits during the mid-1960s as “Unchained Melody,” “Just Once In My Life,” and the number one “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’” After leaving Spector’s employ they continued to release successful singles including their second chart-topper, “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration.”

The Righteous Brothers went their separate ways in 1968 but reunited six years later and continued to perform together until Hatfield’s death in 2003. Medley continues to perform down to the present day, primarily at the Dick Clark Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

Medley has released seven solo albums to date for several different labels over the course of his career. His first two efforts were issued following the break-up of the Righteous Brothers. Real Gone Music has now reissued these two albums recorded for the MGM Label, combining Bill Medley 100% (1968) and Soft And Soulful (1969) onto one disc.

It was an easy transition for Medley to become a solo artist. While he and Hatfield had combined their voices at times during their tenure, their usual approach was to rotate lead vocals.

Bill Medley 100% was a somewhat disjointed album, however. The Righteous Brothers always had a soulful quality to their music but here Medley went in a more traditional pop/easy listening direction. Songs such as “The Impossible Dream,” “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” and “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You” fell short of his better work. He was on more solid ground with the Goffin-King composition, “I Can Make It Alone,” which returned him to more familiar ground. “Brown Eyed Woman,” written by the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, was a moderate hit single; Medley presented his bass voice well on the building ballad. He also gave a credible performance on the old Little Anthony hit, “Goin’ Out Of My Head.”

Soft And Soulfulwas an overall more satisfying album as he stuck close to his soulful roots. “Peace Brother Peace” had a gospel feel with lyrics that fit the peace movement of the late 1960s well. Other cover songs had more of a soul pedigree. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (The Casinos), “For Your Precious Love” (Jerry Butler & The Impressions), “Any Day Now” (Chuck Jackson), and “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” (Sam & Dave) all came to life through his soulful vocals. Medley even wrote three tracks, and co-wrote a fourth. “I’m Gonna Die Me,” “Reaching Back,” “Something’s So Wrong,” and “Street Of Dirt” were a welcome return to the style and sound of his Righteous Brothers days.

Bill Medley 100% and Soft And Soulfulhave been out of print for years. Their return should please all fans of Bill Medley and the Righteous Brothers.

Article first published as <a href=’http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-bill-medley-bill-medley/’>Music Review: Bill Medley – <i>Bill Medley 100% / Soft And Soulful</i></a> on Blogcritics.

Rock and Roll Heaven 45 by The Righteous Brothers

January 11, 2012

The Righteous Brothers had a number of hits during the 1960s including two that reached number one, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Soul & Inspiration.”

The Righteous Brothers disbanded during 1968 but reunited during 1974. Their first coneback single was “Rock and Roll Heaven.” Released March 24, 1974, it became a big hit reaching number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

It was a mid-tempo tune that was a tribute to deceased music stars. It struck a chord with the record buying public.

The Righteous Brothers would continue to perform together until Hatfield’s death during 2003, the same year they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

Just Once In My Life 45 by The Righteous Brothers

January 10, 2012

Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield first recorded as the Paramours during 1962. Their biggest hits would be recorded with Phil Spector during the mid-1960s.

While most of their music would have a soulful quality, “Just Once In My Life” would be more of a pop sound. Released as a single April 10, 1965, it reached number nine of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

They would break up during 1968 but re-unite during 1974 and perform together until Hatfield’s death November 5, 2003. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier that same year.

Soul & Inspiration 45 by The Righteous Brothers

November 8, 2010

The Righteous Brothers left Phil Spector behind and struck out on their own during early 1966.

They wisely recorded a Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil song as their first release for the Verve Label. Mann and Weil had written their previous number one smash “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”

The second time would prove the charm as well, as “Soul & Inspiration” would top The American singles chart for three weeks. It would also be number one in Canada and number fifteen in Britain.

They may have left Spector’s Wall Of Sound behind but they learned their leasons well as they filled in the sound with a female choir and sang together as a traditional duo more than they had in the past.

Sometimes this song is somewhat forgotten in their catalogue as most of the attention tends to focus on their Phillies Label releases which included “Unchained Melody.” “Soul & Inspiration” should not be ignored as it remains their most commercially successful release.

Unchained Melody 45 by The Righteous Brothers

November 4, 2010

“Unchained Melody,” by estimate, has been recorded over 500 times. It was originally written by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the obscure 1955 prison film UNCHAINED staring Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch. Despite its humble beginnings it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song.

It reached the charts in a number of forms during 1955. Al Hibbler took it to number one r&b and number three pop, Roy Hamilton number one r&b and number six pop, Les Baxter number two pop with an instrumental version, and Jimmy Young number one in The United Kingdom. Todd Duncan sang the song in the film.

Enter The Righteous Brothers. Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley first reached the BILLBOARD singles chart in 1963 and hit it big a year later with the number one hit, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” which was a part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound.

1965 would find them back with Spector for “Unchained Melody” which would reach number four. They were a duo that tended to rotate vocals rather than sing together. It was Hatfield’s tenor voice that dominated this tune. It would reach the top twenty again in 1990 when it was included in the film GHOST.

The picture sleeve shown was issued in Holland.