The Righteous Brothers. They were two unrelated Caucasian men named Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who started performing together in 1962. Their style was called “blue-eyed soul” – which meant that it sounded similar to African-American music but proved more acceptable to white crowds. Their career started slowly, but then they connected with the famous – now notorious – record producer Phil Spector.
Spector decided he wanted to make them stars so, in 1964, he recruited Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to write “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’,” using what he would call his “wall of sound” recording style. To say the song did well is putting it mildly. It is considered one of the best records ever created by numerous music writers, it was – and remains – a critical and commercial success and is the most-played song on American television and radio. Rolling Stonemagazine considers it the 34thbest song ever written (out of 500). Pretty big stuff. And the Treasure Tour has our very own copy of the 1964 record the Righteous Brothers released. Or it could be a reprint. Pretty exciting, we know.