#灵魂乐 #白人灵魂乐
United States of America 美国



中 文 名 正义兄弟

外 文 名 The Righteous Brothers

类    型 合唱团

成立时间 1963年

解散时间 1968年


正义兄弟合唱团成立于1963年,这支白人灵魂乐的组合由博比·海特菲尔德(Bobby Hatfield)

和比尔·麦乐迪(Bill Medley)组成。五年之后,乐队解散,直到1980年代比尔以个人身份重回歌坛。期间,博比则与另一位歌手吉米·沃克尔(Jimmy Walker)以“正义兄弟”的名义演唱。1980年代中期之后,博比与比尔再度重组,直到博比2003年去世为止。

2006年Polydor / Umgd 唱片公司发行他们的精选集《Gold》。

2008年Universal Music 发行他们的录音室专辑《Rock N' Roll Legends》,《The Silver Collection》,《Colour Collection》和《Night With the Righteous Brothers Live》。

2012年Universal Music发行《Retrospective 1963-1974》。

2016年1月,Bill Medley宣布重返正义兄弟,Bobby Hatfield的位置将由歌手 Bucky Heard取代。他们计划从3月23日到11月8日总共举办40多场演唱会。演唱曲目包括正义兄弟的经典歌曲《You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin》,《Soul & Inspiration》,《Unchained Melody》等。

说到《锁不住的旋律》(《Unchained Melody》)可谓是童叟皆知,这首歌曲由“正义兄弟”二人组合演绎,后来因《人鬼情未了》而流行,成为一代人的记忆。唯一遗憾的是“正义兄弟”歌红人不红,乃至今时今日在各个角落都经常会听到这首歌曲,你却从来不知道这是谁唱的。这首歌曲,无论你听不听得懂他们究竟在唱些什么,也不用看电影中那个相拥做陶的动人画面,那种如老唱片悠然旋转的沉醉感肯定能打动你。这首歌的翻唱版本无数,其中也不乏经典,但是希望大家能记住它的原唱者——正义兄弟。

The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley. They began performing together in 1962 in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called The Paramours, but adopted the name "The Righteous Brothers" when they embarked on their recording career as a duo. They recorded from 1963 through 1975 and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003. Their emotive vocal style is sometimes dubbed "blue-eyed soul".

Hatfield and Medley have contrasting vocal range that helped them create a distinctive sound as a duet, but also strong vocal talent individually that allowed them to perform as soloists. Medley sang the low parts with his bass-baritone voice, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his countertenor voice.

They had their first hit with the 1964 song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced by Phil Spector and often considered one of his finest works. Other notable hits include "Ebb Tide", "Soul and Inspiration", "Rock and Roll Heaven", and in particular, "Unchained Melody". Both Hatfield and Medley also had for a time their own solo careers.

In 1965, they had a couple of guest appearances in films, ‘A Swingin' Summer and Beach Ball’. They also became the first Rock & Roll act to play the Strip in Las Vegas (at The Sands).

The duo's relationship with Spector however ended in some acrimony; in 1966 they signed with Verve/MGM Records, leading to a lawsuit from Spector, which MGM settled with a $600,000 payment to Spector. Their next release in 1966, "Soul and Inspiration" was a Phil Spector sound-alike song. The song was first written by Mann and Weil after the success of "Lovin' Feelin'" but not completed, and they finished the song following a request by Medley after the Righteous Brother moved to Verve.

The duo split up in February 1968, which would last for more than six years, when Medley left to pursue a solo career. Medley recorded a few solo recordings on several labels, while Hatfield teamed up with singer Jimmy Walker (from The Knickerbockers) using the Righteous Brothers name on the MGM label. Medley first recorded "I Can't Make It Alone" written by Carole King, but the song failed to make much of an impact.

Bobby Hatfield and Jimmy Walker recorded an album, Re-Birth, as "The Righteous Brothers" before disbanding in 1971.In 1969, Hatfield also appeared in a TV movie, ‘The Ballad of Andy Crocker’, and also recorded "Only You". He released a solo album, ‘Messin' In Muscle Shoals’ in 1971.

In 1974, Medley and Hatfield announced their reunion at an appearance on ‘The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour’.They signed with Haven Records, run by producers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter and distributed by Capitol Records. Within a few weeks of reforming, they recorded Alan O'Day's "Rock and Roll Heaven", a paean to several deceased rock singers which became a hit, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several more minor hits on Haven followed. After 1975, the Righteous Brothers would not appear in music charts except for re-releases of older songs and compilation albums, some of which are re-recordings of earlier works.

Between 1976 and 1981, Hatfield and Medley stopped performing as a duo after the death of Medley's first wife as he wanted time off to look after his son. They reunited for an anniversary special on American Bandstand in 1981 to perform an updated version of "Rock And Roll Heaven".

In the late 1970s, and Medley once again began to record as a solo artist and had some success in the 1980s. In 1984, he scored country hits with "Till Your Memory's Gone" and "I Still Do" (the latter of which was also an adult-contemporary crossover hit). In late 1987, his duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", which appeared on the soundtrack for ‘Dirty Dancing’, topped the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100. It won for Medley and Warnes a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

In 1990, the original recording of "Unchained Melody" was featured in the popular feature film ‘Ghost’ starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. It triggered an avalanche of requests to Top 40 radio by fans who had seen the movie to play the 1965 Righteous Brothers' recording. This motivated Polygram (who now owned the Verve/MGM label archives) to re-release the song to Top 40 radio where it became a major hit for a second time, and reached No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 1990. It also become their second No. 1 in the UK.

A greatest hits CD collection of the original recordings called ‘The Very Best of The Righteous Brothers...Unchained Melody’ was released later by Verve/Polydor. This compilation album also became their first entry in the UK album chart.They also began to tour extensively all through the 1990s and early 2000s, and they also performed for about 12 weeks a year in Las Vegas.

Bobby Hatfield was found dead in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on November 5, 2003, shortly before he was due to perform at a concert with Bill Medley at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium.

CD collection ‘Gold’ was released by Polydor / Umgd in January 2006.

Album ‘Rock N' Roll Legends’ ,’and ‘Colour Collection’ The Silver Collection’ was released by Universal Music in May 2008.In July,Rychus released ‘Night With the Righteous Brothers Live’.

In April 2012,album ‘Retrospective 1963-1974’ was released in April 2012.

In January 2016 Bill Medley announced he intended to revive the Righteous Brothers for the first time since 2003. The late Bobby Hatfield will be replaced with singer Bucky Heard for a Las Vegas residency at the Harrah’s Showroom scheduled for more than 40 shows from 23 March 2016 throughout the year till 8 November 2016.The repertoire will include some of the Righteous Brothers' most well known songs such as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Soul & Inspiration", "Unchained Melody", but also the latter career "Rock and Roll Heaven" as well as Bill Medley's "The Time of My Life".