The Righteous Brothers

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": oldies 60s soul pop classic rock blue-eyed soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Discography Wikipedia

Biography

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 California’s 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 ‘That’s righteous, brothers!’.

By blending Medley’s sonorous baritone with Hatfield’s soaring high tenor, this white duo’s 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 television’s highly popular Shindig. Renowned...

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