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One-half of the Righteous Brothers, singer Bill Medley purveyed some of the deepest blue-eyed soul music of the 1960s with such iconic singles as "(You've Lost) That Lovin' Feeling," "Unchained Melody," "(You're my) Soul and Inspiration" before enjoying considerable solo success in 1987 with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the Oscar-winning song from "Dirty Dancing." Medley's deep, resonant baritone offered bluesy counterpoint to Bobby Hatfield's crystalline falsetto on the Righteous Brothers' material, which ranged from garage rockers to the epic sweep of "Lovin' Feeling." Their interplay was so perfectly tuned that Medley's solo efforts following the group's breakup in 1968 seemed to suffer without Hatfield's contributions. He finally found the perfect vehicle for his talents outside of the Righteous Brothers in "The Time of My Life," a joyous, declaratory duet with Jennifer Warnes that topped the charts in 1987 while also claiming a Grammy and Golden Globe. The song's acclaim, as well as the use of and re-release of "Unchained Melody" in the film "Ghost" (1990), returned Medley to the spotlight, where he divided his time between Righteous Brothers reunions until Hatfield's death in 2003 and solo...

One-half of the Righteous Brothers, singer Bill Medley purveyed some of the deepest blue-eyed soul music of the 1960s with such iconic singles as "(You've Lost) That Lovin' Feeling," "Unchained Melody," "(You're my) Soul and Inspiration" before enjoying considerable solo success in 1987 with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the Oscar-winning song from "Dirty Dancing." Medley's deep, resonant baritone offered bluesy counterpoint to Bobby Hatfield's crystalline falsetto on the Righteous Brothers' material, which ranged from garage rockers to the epic sweep of "Lovin' Feeling." Their interplay was so perfectly tuned that Medley's solo efforts following the group's breakup in 1968 seemed to suffer without Hatfield's contributions. He finally found the perfect vehicle for his talents outside of the Righteous Brothers in "The Time of My Life," a joyous, declaratory duet with Jennifer Warnes that topped the charts in 1987 while also claiming a Grammy and Golden Globe. The song's acclaim, as well as the use of and re-release of "Unchained Melody" in the film "Ghost" (1990), returned Medley to the spotlight, where he divided his time between Righteous Brothers reunions until Hatfield's death in 2003 and solo shows on the club circuit. As a member of one of rock's most gifted vocal duos, as well as a veteran solo singer, Bill Medley remained one of popular music's most soulful practitioners for over five decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Boy Scout, The (1991) Himself
2.
 Elvis Forever (2002) Interviewee
4.
 I Am Your Child (1997)
7.
 Goober and the Truckers' Paradise (1978) Bible Bill (Guest)
8.
 America (1970)
9.
 Christmas Visitor, The (1987) Governor'S Nephew
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