Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (Live-1965)

American musical duo Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley) perform Unchained Melody, a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.

North used the music as a theme for the little-known 1955 prison film Unchained, which based on the non-fiction book Prisoners are People by Kenyon J. Scudder; hence the name. American baritone opera singer and actor Todd Duncan (February 12, 1903 – February 28, 1998) sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. Here is the 1955 movie version below:

The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley. They recorded from 1963 through 1975 and continued to perform until Hatfield’s death in 2003. Their emotive vocal stylings were sometimes dubbed “blue-eyed soul”. They both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control and tone that helped them create a strong and distinctive duet sound and also to perform as soloists. Medley sang the low parts with his deep, soulful baritone, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his soaring countertenor.

Lyrics

Oh, my love
my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
Godspeed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow to the sea,
to the sea
to the open arms of the sea
lonely rivers sigh ‘wait for me, wait for me’
I’ll be coming home wait for me

Oh, my love
my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
Godspeed your love to me

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