When Bill Medley sang with Bobby Hatfield in the early ’60’s, so they said, one of their listeners told them, “Man, you sound righteous, brother.” Medley supplied the thrilling baritone and Hatfield the soaring, soulful tenor in the duo they subsequently dubbed the Righteous Brothers. Joining forces with Phil Spector and his wall of sound in 1965, they produced one of the most glorious pop songs of all time, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” This past March the Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Yesterday Hatfield (pictured above on the right) was found dead at age 63 in his hotel room immediately prior to a scheduled performance with Medley at Western Michigan University. According to the manager quoted in the brief AP notice, Medley was “broken up. He’s not even coherent.” RIP.
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