The original Righteous Brothers were a popular blue-eyed soul duo known for classic vocal pop hits such as "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." Though they weren't actually brothers at all, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield developed a creative synergy with one another based largely upon their multi-octave vocal ranges. The two first met when they were both recruited to perform with the early-1960s group, The Paramours. By 1965, the Los Angeles-based duo had split off to form The Righteous Brothers, landing their first hit with the Phil Spector-produced "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." Medley and Hatfield would continue to record with Spector in the mid-1960s, combining his "wall of sound" production techniques with their own dreamy vocal harmonies to create now classic songs such as "Unchained Melody." The Righteous Brothers called in quits in 1968 so that both Medley and Hatfield could explore other projects. The duo reformed in 1974, however, and continued to perform until 2003, when Hatfield died suddenly. Following Hatfield's demise, Medley performed solo before teaming up with Bucky Heard to keep The Righteous Brothers' legacy alive.
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