Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll
This episode salutes one of the most famous duos in rock and roll history – The Righteous Brothers – Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. Their distinctive style inspired a new term to describe rhythm & blues and soul music performed by White artists – “Blue Eyed Soul.”
Their version of a theme song from a 1955 Hollywood movie about prison life became one of the most enduring love songs of the 1960s – later to be revived and top the charts after their recording was used in a blockbuster motion picture a quarter century afterward.
We’ll sample every hit single ever by the Righteous Brothers, plus the original versions by other artists. And you’ll hear the charted 45 RPM remakes of their hits by other singers. We’ll also track the solo hit singles waxed by Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield during their various breakups and reunions.