Academic journal article ARSC Journal

The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir

Academic journal article ARSC Journal

The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir

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The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir. By Bill Medley with Mike Marino. Philadelphia PA: Da Capo Press, 2014. 228 pp (paperback). Foreword by Billy Joel, Photos, Index. ISBN 978-0-306-82316-9

What's it like being half of the gilt-edged duo responsible for the immortal song that received more radio and television airplay than any other during the 20th Century? Bill Medley engagingly tells us in The Time of My LifeO.

Deep-voiced Medley and high tenor Bobby Hatfield were the Righteous Brothers, whose spectacular Phil Spector-produced "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" was one of the biggest hits of 1964 and never lost its appeal, explaining all those spins across the decades. The term "blue-eyed soul" was coined to describe the exciting pair's R&B-rooted vocal attack; they originally came together in the Paramours, a doo-wop aggregation from Southern California's Orange County (hardly a hotbed of such musical endeavors), before breaking away to do their own thing. In 1963, the Righteous Brothers' rocking "Little Latin Lupe Lu" for Ray Maxwell's Moonglow label was a solid national seller. The duo did quite a bit more recording for the firm, inevitably exhibiting their deeply soulful side, before Spector roared into their lives and expanded their stylistic horizons with his cavernous Wall of Sound.

Once the Tycoon of Teen assumed the production reins with the Wrecking Crew in tow, the Righteous Brothers were swiftly catapulted to stardom (a stint as regulars on ABC-TV's Shindig! didn't hurt their profile either). "Lovin' Feelin'," "Just Once In My Life," "Unchained Melody," and "Ebb Tide" were all huge hits on Philles Records before Spector and the Righteous Brothers went their separate ways.

Medley proved he could do what Spector did behind the board in thoroughly convincing fashion by producing the Righteous Brothers' '66 pop chart-topper "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" for the Verve logo, which went gold. …

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