The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They had their biggest success in the mid sixties and continued to perform until Hatfield’s death in 2003, with their sound coming to be know as “blue eyed soul.” Here we spotlight two of their biggest hits, and two different formats of gold records, thanks to Christopher Chatman who has been buying, selling and watching record awards for over thirty years. This is a longer post than usual with 1437 words! Thanks Christopher for your pictures and stories.
–The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” was released in December of 1964, and is considered to be one of, if not the most iconic pop record in music history. In 1965 it was a number one single in both the United States and the UK. It even went to number #2 in the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Chart! Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the United States organization that manages the performing rights of published songs, announced in 1999 that “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” was “Song of the Century” for receiving more radio and television airplay than any other song during the 20th century. That means it was played more than any other song by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Madonna, or The Rolling Stones. It was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine at #34 on the list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”