Righteous Brothers Get Their Own Movie

Published: 2004-11-24
With one musical biopic under his belt, producer Arthur Friedman is ready to move onto the next one. Friedman's first biopic 'Beyond The Sea' centers around legendary crooner Bobby Darin, and his next is set to focus on the equally legendary Righteous Brothers. The producer recently optioned feature rights from surviving member Bill Medley (one half of the duo), and Righteous Brothers manager David B. Cohen. No word yet on a title or possible release date.

The first band to show the world what "blue-eyed soul" meant, The Righteous Brothers formed over four decades ago. Comprised of two California boys named Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, The Brothers would go on to release some of the most memorable tunes of the '60s. Medley's baritone and Hatfield's tenor have been immortalized in songs like breakthrough hit 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling', produced by a then unknown Phil Spector.

In addition to their own albums, The Righteous Brothers have given the world some of the most memorable songs to ever echo in a movie theatre. The Tom Cruise movie 'Top Gun' reignited the love of The Brothers' first hit 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling', while 'Ghost' prominently featured 'Unchained Melody' in the unforgettable "pottery wheel scene". The duo has given so much to other films that it's certainly time for The Righteous Brothers' music to be featured in their own story.

Although Medley and Hatfield parted ways in the late '60s to pursue solo careers, it was only six years before The Righteous Brothers were back together again. They continued to perform through the '80s and '90s, and even into the '00s, but that came to an end when Hatfield unexpectedly died minutes before a Michigan performance on November 5th, 2003.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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It's about time that the Righteous Brothers received the recognition they so justly deserve. I have four sisters and the five of us have followed them since their Shindig days. One of my sister and I were at the closing performance this past weekend in Vegas. It as a very emotional event for all who attended.

Their music and their souls will never be forgotten.
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