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Did You Know: “Unchained Melody” By The Righteous Brothers

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Today on ‘Tickets @ 2′ it’s a smash hit for The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody.”

The song first appeared in the 1955 movie Unchained, starring former L.A. Rams football player Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch. The movie takes place in a prison, the song was written for the movie to reflect the mood of the prisoners passing time.

The Righteous Brothers version was released as the B-side to Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Hung On You,” produced by Phil Spector. DJs preferred the flip side and turned it over which infuriated Phil Spector. The original version from the movie was by Les Baxter which hit #1 in 1955 from exposure in the movie.

Bobby Hatfield sang lead. He had the higher voice of the two, but unlike the flip side of the record “Hung On You,” produced by Phil Spector, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers produced his singing partner on “Unchained Melody. We lost Bobby who died of a heart attack at age 63, in 2003.

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #11 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win Who tickets, it’ the Who’s Quadrophenia and More at the Honda Center.

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