Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody - 1965 - Live - Best Quality
55 years later, this song is still popular - with over 41 million views on YouTube.
"Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.
North wrote the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained (1955), hence the song title.
Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack.
It has since become a standard and one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century,
most notably by the Righteous Brothers.
Of the hundreds of recordings made, the Righteous Brothers' version in July 1965, with a solo by
Bobby Hatfield, became the jukebox standard after its release.
Hatfield changed the melody in the final verse and many subsequent covers of the song are based on his
The Righteous Brothers recording achieved a second round of great popularity when featured in the
film Ghost in 1990.
In 2004, it was Number 27 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
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