One of the Righteous Brothers
Bobby Hatfield, who with partner Bill Medley pioneered “blue-eyed soul” as the Righteous Brothers with hits like “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, died Wednesday night (November 5, 2003) of undetermined causes at a hotel. He was 63. According to legend, Hatfield and partner Bill Medley were performing in a local bar in California as part of a five-piece group called the Paramours, when a black Marine shouted “That’s righteous, brothers,” leading to the name. Their signature 1964 single, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” (produced by legendary rock and roll producer Phil Spector), has been cited by numerous sources as the most-programmed song in radio history. Later 1960s hits include “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration”, “Just Once In My Life”, “Ebb Tide” and “Little Latin Lupe Lu”. After splitting up in 1968, they reunited in 1974 and returned to the top of the charts with “Rock and Roll Heaven”. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year (2003).