William Thomas “Bill” Medley was born on September 19, 1940 in Los Angeles and Robert Lee “Bobby” Hatfield was born a month earlier on August 10 of that year in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Moving with his family to California, Bobby would meet Bill while attending college to form the Righteous Brothers who would gain worldwide fame with their “blue eyed soul.”
In the summer of 1963, their first hit single, “Little Latin Lupe Lu” landed on the Hit Parade, followed by “My Babe.” In 1965 “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” gave them a giant #1 hit with “Just Once In My Life” and “Unchained Melody” also earning them a gold record that year. In 1966 “Ebb Tide” peaked in the top five nationally with “You’re My Soul and Inspiration” giving the duo another #1 hit. A tribute to several departed singing stars, “Rock And Roll Heaven” topped the charts in 1974 as did Grammy winner, “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” in 1987 when Bill Medley teamed up with Jennifer Warnes.
Bobby Hatfield died at 63 on November 5, 2003 of a heart attack at Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.