“Unchained Melody” stands as an undisputed classic in the world of music.
Originating from the creative minds of Alex North (music) and Hy Zaret (lyrics) in 1955, with Todd Duncan lending his voice, this song has transcended decades and languages.
Reported by the song’s publishing office, this timeless piece has seen more than 1,500 recorded versions by upwards of 670 artists, in multiple languages no less. Among these myriad renditions, the version by The Righteous Brothers perhaps rings a bell the loudest.
Comprising the American musical duo Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, The Righteous Brothers found fame with a slew of hits in the ’60s and ’70s. Their other chart-toppers include “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.”
Known for their unique fusion of blue-eyed soul and conventional pop, The Righteous Brothers have left an indelible mark on various musicians and genres. This has cemented their place as one of the most influential musical acts ever.
Ten years after the song’s original release, The Righteous Brothers launched their own take on “Unchained Melody” in 1965. Today, their version is often cited as the quintessential rendition, continuously enjoying significant radio airplay even decades later.