Despite their professional appellation, Bill Medley (William Thomas Medley, 19 September 1940, Santa Ana, California, USA) and Bobby Hatfield (b. Robert Lee Hatfield, 10 August 1940, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA, d. 5 November 2003, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA) were not related. They met in 1962 at Californias Black Derby club, where they won the approbation of its mixed-race clientele. According to Hatfield, the duo gained their new moniker when a black marine expressed his admiration of their singing by yelling out Thats righteous, brothers!.
By blending Medleys sonorous baritone with Hatfields soaring high tenor, this white duos vocal style invoked that of classic R&B, and a series of excellent singles, notably the US Top 50 hit Little Latin Lupe Lu, followed. They achieved national fame in 1964 following several appearances on US televisions highly popular Shindig. Renowned...
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