Bill Medley
American singer-songwriter
Bill Medley
William Thomas Medley is an American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers. Medley met his singing partner Bobby Hatfield while attending California State University, Long Beach. The pair began singing as a duo in 1962. Their first single was "Little Latin Lupe Lu"; their first hit was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced by Phil Spector in 1964. Follow-up hits included "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody".
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1976 rape and murder case of Righteous Brothers singer's ex-wife is solved, detectives say
LATimes - 28 days
 Investigators used a controversial DNA testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Karen Klaas was attacked Jan. 30, 1976, as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach. The 32-year-old...
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'That Lovin' Feelin' ': Jukebox musical plays like a love song to the Righteous Brothers
LATimes - about 1 year
When they first burst onto the scene in the 1960s, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, a.k.a. the Righteous Brothers, faced an unusual problem: White radio stations boycotted their brand of blue-eyed soul, while black stations were hostile to a pair of Caucasian kids from Orange County who had adopted...
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Of Phil Spector, Marshmallows and Ebb Tides
Huffington Post - about 3 years
During the early 1960s, my father, songwriter Carl Sigman, and many of his "Great American Songbook" contemporaries watched in horror as airwaves and record stores were overrun by alien creatures making noises that, to their ears, did not qualify as "music." Carl came from a tradition in which songwriters wrote songs and singers sang them. As the shift away from that model accelerated -- with the advent of the Beatles and other artists who wrote their own songs -- fewer and fewer of Carl's new tunes made the kind of (chart) noise he would have liked. Phil Spector helped change that. Spector's 1963 Christmas Album (nee A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector), which marked its semi-centennial anniversary last week, gave Carl an appreciation of the potential of rock & roll to take his old-school paeans to love (requited or, more often, not) to strange and beautiful places he had never imagined. Writing in the examiner, ace music writer/Rock 'n' Roll Pantheon czar Jim Bessma ...
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Darlene Love Honored as "Big Man of the Year" by Little Kids Rock
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Darlene Love's incredible musical talents and stage presence were honored last week at a star-studded Manhattan benefit showcasing music education in schools by the non-profit organization Little Kids Rock. Love was the fifth annual recipient of the Big Man of the Year Award, so named for beloved E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons in 2009. Darlene Love receives Big Man of the Year Award, photo by Mark Jaworski, Used with Permission Little Kids Rock, founded in 2002 by elementary school teacher David Wish, transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in public schools. The organization is currently the leading provider of free music lessons and instruments to underprivileged children in U.S. public schools and has at this writing served nearly 250,000 students at over 1,700 schools in 25 cities. The event, which took place at Cipriani Wall Street, raised over $850,000 in donations, which will help to fund music education for 15,000 additional ...
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What's in a name? More than you think, experts say
Fox News - over 3 years
As Prince William and wife Catherine mull over names for their royal offspring, they would do well to heed mounting evidence that a name can influence everything from your school grades and career choice to who you marry and where you live. Someone named Jacqueline or Steven will generally fare better in life than Latrina or Butch, say researchers, who also point to a phenomenon whereby the world's fastest man is called Bolt, a TV weather forecaster Sarah Blizzard, and the local librarian Mrs Storey. "Your name can influence the assumptions that other people make about your character and background, and thus the chances you are given in life," says Richard Wiseman -- a case in point, he's a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. "It can also be a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. If your name sounds intelligent, successful and attractive, you are more likely to act those things." A flurry of studies in recent years have examined names as predictors of success. ...
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Nico Lang: 10 Love Lessons You Can Learn From the '80s
Huffington Post - over 4 years
1. Dancing is the key to winning someone's heart. (Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Fame, Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo) For anyone who has seen Dirty Dancing and the wonder of Patrick Swayze's torso (#neverforget), you know that nobody can resist dancing. What's sexier than someone who is in touch with their body and knows how to move it? It doesn't even matter what they're dancing to or whether it's a tune as admittedly dopey as "I've Had the Time of My Life." When you see those hips moving to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' words, nothing else matters; not maudlin theme songs, botched backstreet abortions, the high expectations of your parents (Emily Gilmore and pre-L&O Jerry Orbach) or that you think you can't do that lift. You can do that lift. You just have to learn to believe in yourself. His sweet moves will show you the way. Also, you know you kind of still love that song anyway. 2. Any problems you have with your romantic partner can b ...
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LeAnn Rimes Parties Like It’s Her Birthday, All Month Long!
Radar Online - over 4 years
By Radar Staff Rapper 50 Cent should be proud. LeAnn Rimes has taken the words of his hit In Da Club to heart and is partying like it’s her birthday – all month long. The country singer doesn’t turn 30 for another week but she has been celebrating her big day by posting photos of herself in a series of skimpy bikinis. PHOTOS: Bikini Babe LeAnn Rimes Gets In The Birthday Spirit The latest Twitter pic shows her wearing a teeny-weeny white string bikini while standing alongside bottles of booze. “HUGE thx to @donjulio for providing the tequila and mixologist for my 30th bday!!!” she wrote. PHOTOS: The Best Of LeAnn Rimes In Her Bikini As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Rimes kicked off her birthday month by celebrating with her family in Malibu a couple of weekends ago. And, as the end of her 20s draws near, she has treated fans to picture after picture of herself in barely there swimwear. PHOTOS: LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian’s PDA Day At The Park She even tweeted a ph ...
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Mike Ragogna: Soul & Inspiration: A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Plus Milan's Calibro 35
Huffington Post - over 4 years
photo by Mike Ragogna A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Mike Ragogna: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, thank you so much for the interview. You are my favorite songwriters on the planet. There I said it. Cynthia Weil: Thank you! MR: You're very, very welcome. And though I am a big fan of Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, when it comes to classic pop songwriting, especially during The Brill Building era, you guys have been important to me, and I thank you for all your great works. Barry Mann: Well that's great to hear! I'm honored. CW: Try living with him now. (laughs) BM: You know, the only thing is it's kind of like a backhanded compliment almost, to be categorized as the Brill Building writers. We continued writing songs after The Brill Building, but I guess people have to kind of give you a label of some sort, you know what I mean? MR: Sure, but you know what? It's almost like you would say, "Why, it's Academy Award-winning Clint Eastwood." ...
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Bill Medley: Bill Medley 100% / Soft and Soulful (Review)
Pop Matters - almost 5 years
They're only classics in the sense that they're prototypical examples of an esteemed and technically excellent singer singing songs banal beyond redemption.
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For my dear friend & mentor, Dick Clark
CNN - almost 5 years
For my dear friend & mentor, Dick Clark. I owe everything to Dick Clark. And I am SO thankful that I got to tell him so, six weeks ago, at his house in Los Angeles. Once upon a time, way back in 1952, there was a local Philly show called BANDSTAND. In 1956, a young, charismatic, good-looking kid named Dick Clark became the host of that show. He helped make it so popular that on Augus...t 5, 1957 the newly-named, AMERICAN BANDSTAND, debuted nationwide on ABC. The rest is history. AMERICAN BANDSTAND became an American institution, and Dick Clark became one the most well-known and beloved celebrities in show business, recognized by several generations all over the world. What were the chances of actually getting to meet a guy like that, much less have a life-long relationship with him? Dick first entered my life when he helped Paul Revere and The Raiders have our very first Top 40 hit in 1961, by playing "Like Long Hair" on AMERICAN BANDSTAND. I can't tell you what a thrill ...
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Music Review: Bill Medley - Bill Medley 100% / Soft And Soulful
Blog Critics - about 5 years
Welcome back to two long-out-of-print <a class="fplink fp-31432" href="/bill+medley">Bill Medley</a> albums.
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Hurricane Irene Forces Westbury Changes - Pollstar (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In order to avoid problems with Hurricane Irene, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, NY, has moved Sunday&#39;s ZZ Top concert to Monday and canceled Saturday&#39;s show featuring Bill Medley and Paul Revere &amp; The Raiders. “Our first priority is the fans&#39; safety,”
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Santa Ana High unveils $40 million in renovations - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
Improvements include a new two-story building with 29 new classrooms that replaced 29 portable classes, a new synthetic turf field and artificial track, the renovated Bill Medley Auditorium, named in honor of The Righteous Brothers singer,
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Lake Lure lobbies for 'Dirty Dancing' remake - Asheville Citizen-Times
Google News - over 5 years
It spawned a hit song by former Righteous Brother Bill Medley, “(I&#39;ve Had) The Time of My Life,” and inspired many a couple to try and re-create the iconic lift that Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, and Grey performed in the waters of
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CALENDAR; Long Island
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events on Long Island. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com. Film EAST HAMPTON Guild Hall ''Bombay Beach,'' film screening followed by question- and-answer session with the director, Alma Har'el, and the host, Alec Baldwin. Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. $20 and $22.
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Events on Long Island - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Aug. 27 at 8 pm $29.50 to $69.50. NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road. (800) 745-3000; livenation.com. WESTHAMPTON BEACH Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
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Bill Medley - Blue Springs Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
By Anonymous Bill Medley, 77, of Lee&#39;s Summit, Missouri, (formerly Del City, Oklahoma, and Republic, Missouri) surrounded by family, passed away on August 17, 2011, after struggling with ALS. Visitation is planned for Sunday, August 21, 2011,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Medley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 75
    In January 2016, Bill Medley announced he would revive the Righteous Brothers for the first time since 2003, partnering with new singer Bucky Heard, who replaced the late Bobby Hatfield.
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  • 2014
    Age 73
    As of 2014, the investigator was still hired by Medley.
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    Bill Medley wrote a memoir which was published in April 2014, titled The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir.
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  • 2013
    Age 72
    On November 24, 2013, he performed in concert for the first time in the UK at the Wembley Arena.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 57
    Bill Medley appeared in the two-part episode "Finally!" of the hit TV show, Cheers. In 1998 Medley along with Jennifer Warnes sang "Show Me The Light" during the end credits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie.
    More Details Hide Details He also recorded a vocal track for the song Lullabye on Jimmy Chamberlin's (of Smashing Pumpkins fame) solo album, Life Begins Again. Through the mid to late 2000s Bill Medley performed mainly in Branson, Missouri at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater, Andy Williams Moon River Theater and The Starlite Theatre. Later Bill Medley also began touring with his daughter McKenna and her 3-Bottle Band.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 48
    One of Medley's minor entries, "All I Need to Know" was later recorded as "Don't Know Much" by Grammy-winning duet Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville was a long running No. 2 Hot 100 and No. 1 Adult Contemporary in 1989-90.
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  • 1988
    Age 47
    In 1988, Bill Medley received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the his duet with Jennifer Warnes on "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".
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    He also collaborated with Giorgio Moroder and scored a moderate UK hit in 1988 with a version of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."
    More Details Hide Details Medley recorded a video for the song which was also used as the end credit theme for Rambo III. Bill Medley continues to perform solo after Bobby Hatfield's death in 2003.
    The song won Medley and Warnes a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the composers. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" is now seen and heard ubiquitously on TV and radio commercials — covered by singers other than Medley and Warnes — usually connected with vacation, cruise, resort, and other such holiday-themed advertisers.
    More Details Hide Details Among his other notable songs are "Most of All You", the closing theme to the movie Major League; "Friday Night's A Great Night For Football" from Tony Scott's movie, The Last Boy Scout; and the theme song for the Growing Pains spinoff, Just The Ten of Us.
  • 1987
    Age 46
    In 1987 his duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", was included on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack album, and the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
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  • 1986
    Age 45
    Medley married his current wife Paula in 1986 and they have a daughter, McKenna.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter is also a singer and she performs with Medley as his duetting partner on "Time of My Life" in his tour.
  • 1984
    Age 43
    In 1984 and 1985, he charted 5 singles on the country charts with the biggest of these being the Top 20 country hit, "I Still Do," which also crossed over to the adult contemporary charts and later became a "cult" hit with the Carolina Beach/Shag dance club circuit.
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  • 1982
    Age 41
    He signed with Planet Records in 1982 and later with RCA Records.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    He released an album, Sweet Thunder in 1980, containing a version of Don't Know Much, which was originally written and performed by Barry Mann the same year.
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  • 1972
    Age 31
    Medley was nominated for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist in the 1972 Grammy for his recording of "Freedom and Fear", a track from Michel Colombier's album Wings.
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    One of his recordings, "Freedom and Fear" from Michel Colombier's album Wings, was nominated for a Grammy in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Medley released several solo albums during the 1970s and 1980s, and enjoyed a resurgence in his career in the 1980s.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    Medley also married Suzi Robertson in 1970, and then Janice Gorham, but both marriages were soon annulled.
    More Details Hide Details He had a number of relationships with other women, including Darlene Love, Mary Wilson and Connie Francis. Medley was also a close friend of Elvis Presley. In January 1976, his first wife Karen was raped and murdered by a stranger, and Medley decided to take time off from his music career to look after his 10-year-old son Darrin. The murderer was never caught and Medley employed a private investigator in an effort to track down the killer.
  • 1969
    Age 28
    Medley performed "Hey Jude" at the 1969 Grammy, and was then signed to A&M Records which released a number of his records.
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    In 1969, he won 2nd place at the Festival Internacional da Canção (FIC) in Rio de Janeiro, with the song "Evie", by Jimmy Webb.
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  • 1968
    Age 27
    Medley also had a moderately successful solo career. In 1968, Medley first recorded "I Can't Make It Alone" written by Carole King, but the song failed to make much of an impact.
    More Details Hide Details The following singles, "Brown Eyed Woman" written by Mann and Weil, and "Peace, Brother, Peace", both performed better and were Top 40 Pop hits.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    The duo left Spector in 1966 to sign with Verve Records where they had a hit with "Soul and Inspiration", but broke up in 1968 when Medley left to pursue his own career.
    More Details Hide Details Medley was also performing three shows a night in Las Vegas; according to Medley, he found it too much of a strain on his voice singing solo, and lost his voice for a while. Under advice, he sought out Hatfield to reform The Righteous Brothers in 1974. They signed with Haven Records, quickly recorded "Rock and Roll Heaven" which became a hit. Medley however quit music for a while after the death of his first wife in 1976, but reunited with Bobby Hatfield in 1981 for the 30th special of American Bandstand (where they performed an updated version of "Rock and Roll Heaven"). Although Medley focused his attention on his solo career in the 1980s, they continued to appear together as a duo. After a resurgence in popularity in 1990s due to the use of "Unchained Melody" in the film Ghost, they toured extensively as a duo right until Hatfield's death in November 2003. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by Billy Joel.
  • 1963
    Age 22
    Bill Medley met his first wife Karen O'Grady in church, started dating in 1963 and they were married at the beginning of his music career. Their son Darrin was born in 1965, but they were divorced when Darrin was about five.
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    However the band did not have much success and soon broke up, leaving Hatfield and Medley to perform as a duo in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Medley and Hatfield adopted the name The Righteous Brothers, and their first single was the Medley-penned "Little Latin Lupe Lu" released under the label Moonglow Records. Medley also recorded as a solo artist with Moonglow, and released a single "Gotta Tell You How I Feel" which did not chart. In 1964, The Righteous Brothers appeared in a show with other groups in Cow Palace in San Francisco where Phil Spector was conducting the band for the entire show. Spector was impressed by the duo and arranged to have them record for his own label Philles Records. In 1965, they had their first No. 1 hit, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", which was produced by Phil Spector. According to music publishing watchdog Broadcast Music, Inc., "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is the most-played song in the history of American radio. They also recorded other songs such as "Unchained Melody" with Philles Records. Medley, who had produced the duo before they signed with Spector and Philles, was the actual producer on many tracks and 'B' sides credited to Spector, including "Unchained Melody" which was originally intended to be an album track. On singles such as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and Just Once in My Life, the vocals were concentrated mainly on Medley, but on a few singles, such as "Unchained Melody" and "Ebb Tide", Hatfield performed solo.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 19
    Medley and Fiduccia then formed a group called the Paramours in 1960 with Sal Fasulo and Nick Tuturro, later joined by Mike Rider and Barry Rillera.
    More Details Hide Details The band had their first paying gig at Little Italy restaurant in Anaheim. The Paramours were signed to Mercury Records' subsidiary label Smash Records, and released songs such as "That's The Way We Love" and "Miss Social Climber" in 1961. Medley first met his singing partner Bobby Hatfield through Barry Rillera who was in both Hatfield's and Medley's group and asked them to see each other's show. They were later brought together by saxophone player John Wimber, who later went on to found The Vineyard Church movement, to form a new group in 1962, but kept the name Paramours. They performed at The Black Derby nightclub in Santa Ana, and released a single "There She Goes (She's Walking Away)" in December 1962 with a small record label Moonglow.
  • 1958
    Age 17
    He attended Santa Ana High School and graduated in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Medley was raised as a Presbyterian and started singing in a church choir. His parents had a swing band. He became interested in R&B music listening to black music stations. An early influence he cited is Little Richard who he first heard when he was fifteen or sixteen years old, and later Ray Charles, Bobby Bland, and B.B. King. Medley first formed a singing duo with his friend Don Fiduccia, who also played the guitar, called The Romancers. He began to write songs and record multi-track recordings in his living room. At 19, he had two songs, "Womaling" and "Chimes of My Heart", recorded by 50s vocal group The Diamonds.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Medley was born on September 19, 1940 in Santa Ana, California, USA to Arnol and Irma Medley.
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