I like to get into the station early like around 7:30, this morning I was working on “Back to the Beatles” when I heard this deep voice coming from Gary Bryan’s office, right away I knew it was [lastfm]Bill Medley[/lastfm] of the [lastfm]Righteous Brothers[/lastfm]!
He was in to talk about his upcoming Canyon Club, and Coach House performances, as well as his newly adopted home of Branson, Missouri, where he also performs regularly.
I reminisced with him about the early going as the [lastfm]Righteous Brothers[/lastfm], and how a family friend who was a surfer came home from surfing one day down at Tressels by Camp Pendleton, stopping off at the Rendezvous Ballroom to see the Righteous Brothers perform. He said that they were totally ‘bitchin’! They were on the old Moonglow Record label with hits called “Little Latin Lupe-Lu”, and “Koko Joe.” I first saw them on the Loyd Thaxton TV show.
When I got my career going I was invited to play in a Lupus fundraiser golf tournament at Los Coyotes Country Club hosted by The [lastfm]Righteous Brothers[/lastfm]. The late [lastfm]Bobby Hatfield[/lastfm]‘s wife suffered from Lupus so it was a cause near and dear to their family’s heart. It was a fun tournament capped off with a nice pool side dinner at the Country Club, and a live performance by Bill & Bob. It was great to reminisce with them then, as it was this morning, after all it was the Righteous Brothers who helped create The Soundtrack of Southern California.