The Righteous Brothers would climb the charts with their version of "Unchained Melody," which would once again become a hit in the '90s for its inclusion in the supernatural romance Ghost.
The American music duo The Righteous Brothers was formed in 1963 by Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They would first perform together in the Paramours, a Los Angeles-based five-member group. Medley and Hatfield had contrasting vocal ranges, which gave their songs a unique sound.
After releasing several songs that never hit the Top 40, they would see success with the 1964 release of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the duo's signature song. Produced by Phil Spector and considered one of his best works, the song hit No. 1 in February 1965.
The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" became a hit in the '90s
The Righteous Brothers' 1965 Top 10 hit, a cover of "Unchained Melody," would, once again, become a huge in 1990. Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, the song is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century. There have been over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.
On November 3, 1990, "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers would hit No. 1 on the UK charts—two versions charted in the US, the original and a re-recorded version. The song would see a spike in popularity that year due to being featured in Ghost, the film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The film would become the highest-grossing film in 1990 and, at the time, the third highest-grossing film of all time.
The song appears in the film as an instrumental and with vocals by Hatfield. The instrumental version, created specifically for the movie, is heard several times during essential scenes. The vocal version is played during the passionate lovemaking scene between Swayze and Moore's characters, Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen.
The Righteous Brothers' original recording is considered the definitive version of the song, with Hatfield's vocals highly praised and described as robust and romantic while also ethereal.