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Righteous Brothers

1940

Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers is born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

1940

Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is born in Santa Ana, California.

1962

Recording as the Paramours, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield - soon to be the Righteous Brothers - release their first single, “That’s the Way We Love,” on the Smash label.

1963

The Righteous Brothers’ classic R&B dance tune “Little Latin Lupe Lu” is released on the Moonglow label.

1964

The Righteous Brothers become the first white act signed to Phil Spector’s Philles label.

1964

The Righteous Brothers appear on premiere of ABC-TV’s rock and roll variety show Shindig!, for which they become cohosts.

1965

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,’ by the Righteous Brothers, tops the U.S. charts for the first of two weeks. Two days earlier, it hit #1 in the U.K.

1965

“Just Once in My Life,” the Righteous Brothers’ followup to “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” enters the Top Ten.

1965

“Unchained Melody,” the Righteous Brothers’ third consecutive Top Ten hit under the tutelage of producer Phil Spector, peaks at #4.

1965

Phil Spector sells the Righteous Brothers’ contract to MGM Records for $1 million.

1966

The Righteous Brothers’ “Ebb Tide,” the fourth and final single in a yearlong run with producer Phil Spector, reaches #5.

1966

“(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” the Righteous Brothers’ first single for MGM’s Verve label, tops the U.S. charts for the first of three weeks.

1966

Soul and Inspiration becomes the Righteous Brothers’ first gold album (500,000 copies sold).

1967

Bill Medley leaves the Righteous Brothers for a solo career. Bobby Hatfield enlists Jimmy Walker (of the Knickerbockers) in a new duo.

1974

After six years apart, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield announce plans to reunite as the Righteous Brothers on the Sonny & Cher show.

1974

Give It to the People, the Righteous Brothers’ comeback album, is released on Haven, a subsidiary of Capitol Records. It yields three sizable hits

1987

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” a duet between Bill Medley (of the Righteous Brothers) and Jennifer Warnes, tops the singles chart.

1990

The original version of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” included in the popular film Ghost, reaches #13 in the U.S. and goes on to top the British charts for four weeks. A newly recorded version of the same song by the duo will also reach #19 in the U.S.

1990

Curb Records releases The Best of the Righteous Brothers, which is eventually certified platinum (1 million sales). Rhino Records’ Anthology (1962-1974), released one month earlier, will go on to be certified gold (500,000 sales).

2003

The Righteous Brothers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eighteenth annual induction dinner. Billy Joel is their presenter.