Who Are the Righteous Brothers?


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The Righteous Brothers were a musical duo from Southern California in the 1960s, whose singing style inspired the term "blue-eyed soul." The group was composed of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who were not actually brothers.

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The members of the Righteous Brothers were both active in other musical groups before joining forces in 1962. One of the groups they had been involved with was called the Paramours, and they decided to keep this name for their first single before changing their name to The Righteous Brothers in 1963. They released several singles on the Moonglow record label in the early 60s, including the track "Little Latin Lupe Lu." During this time, Bill Medley produced the duo's records.

It wasn't until the mid 60s when the duo hired Phil Spector to produce their recordings that they began to see widespread success with their music. Under Spector's distinctive production style, the Righteous Brothers recorded several hits, most notably "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "Unchained Melody" and "Just Once In My Life."

Throughout the remainder of their time together, the duo would never duplicate the success they achieved while working with Spector. Finally, in 1968, Bill Medley quit to pursue a solo career, while Bobby Hatfield continued to work under The Righteous Brothers' name with Jimmy Walker from the Knickerbockers. Hatfield died on November 5, 2003.

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