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Song of the day November 3 2023

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"Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers, originally written in 1955 for the film Unchained, became notably popular 25 years after release following its feature in the 1990 blockbuster Ghost. The immensely received performance by Bobby Hatfield, altering the final verse's melody, led to further covers and its placement as 27 in the 2004 AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey.

Today’s song is Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. On November 3, 1990, The Righteous Brothers scored a No.1 hit in the UK with this song 25 years after its original release, thanks to its appearance in the blockbuster film, Ghost. Written in 1955 by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the film Unchained, the ballad was first performed by Todd Duncan. Of the hundreds of recordings made, the Righteous Brothers’ version, 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 version. 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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