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- Bill Medley chats to Steve Wrighthttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01hgmvm.jpg2013-09-25T15:38:00ZBill talks about being a Righteous Brother and his association with some classic movies.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/1ac3366a-a0e9-4a55-8f6e-796fce32a3b2?clipfocus=p01hgmxbSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 6 mins
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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".
Hatfield and Medley 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.
They adopted their name in 1962 while performing together in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called The Paramours, which featured John Wimber (a founder of the Vineyard Movement) on keyboards and artist and sculptor Nick Turturro on saxophone. At the end of one performance, a U.S. Marine in the audience shouted, "That was righteous, brothers!", prompting the pair to adopt the name as they embarked on their duo career.