[101][104] The video released for "Unchained Melody" also incorporated clips from the 1945 film Brief Encounter.

Belafonte had also made a recording of the song for RCA Victor Records, which was released as catalog number 20-6784 in 1955, with the flip side "A-Roving". He performs an abbreviated version in the film, playing one of the prisoners. In 1963, an uptempo doo-wop version by Vito & the Salutations peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100;[24] this version was used in the soundtrack for Goodfellas in 1990. [172], The song was nominated in 1956 for 1955's Oscar for best original song from the film Unchained. [20] June Valli recorded the song on March 15, 1955, which was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-6078, with the flip side "Tomorrow",[21] and took it to number 29. [5] It was placed first in Magic 1278's 500 greatest songs of all time. Part 3]", "RCA Victor 78rpm numerical listing discography: 20-6000 – 6500", "RCA Victor 20-6500 – 7000; 78rpm numerical listing discography", "Vito and the Salutations–"Unchained Melody, "Music Printers Decry Pop Sheet Business Doldrums", "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts! [112] Gates reprised the song in the final as his personal choice,[113] but the competition was won by Will Young. The Righteous Brothers recording achieved a second round of great popularity when featured in the film Ghost in 1990. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The Very Best of Air Supply, Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You), You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, The Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of All, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage, If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning, Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other, Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom, I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Unchained_Melody&oldid=984186109, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one singles, Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one singles, Oricon International Singles Chart number-one singles, RPM Adult Contemporary number-one singles, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Singlechart usages for Canadaadultcontemporary, Certification Table Entry usages for Austria, Certification Table Entry usages for New Zealand, Certification Table Entry usages for Spain, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Certification Table Entry usages for Australia, Certification Table Entry usages for Belgium, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "You're My Soul And Inspiration" (1990 European reissue), In 1981, a live version performed by the band, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 18:14. It also launched the singing career of Robson & Jerome, and became the biggest hit in the UK for Simon Cowell, marking his beginning as a significant figure in the music industry. [12] The song eventually became known as the "Unchained Melody" even though the song does not actually include the word "unchained". For eight weeks, both versions were on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously and the Righteous Brothers became the first act to have two versions of the same songs in the Top 20 at the same time.

The re-recorded version was certified Platinum by the RIAA on January 10, 1991,[50] and received a Grammy Award nomination.[51].

According to Medley, producer Phil Spector, who would deliberately place a throwaway song that wasn't meant to be played on the 'B' side, was incensed that the DJs chose to play the 'B' side and started calling radio stations to get them to stop playing "Unchained Melody". [99] It became the best selling single of 1995, and one of the country's all-time biggest-selling singles (No. There is some uncertainty over who produced the song as Spector took the credit as the producer on many tracks and 'B' sides that may have been produced by Medley. [13] The song has an unusual harmonic device as the bridge ends on the tonic chord rather than the more usual dominant chord. [7][44] Hatfield's vocal in the original recording in particular is highly praised; it has been described as "powerful, full of romantic hunger, yet ethereal,"[7] and a "vocal tour de force", although his later re-recording was noted as "fudging only a bit on the highest notes". [2] It has since become a standard and one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. It was later revealed by Stock that the vocals were "assisted" and parts of the song were sung by other session singers. [19] Jimmy Young also later re-recorded another version of his 1955 chart topper in early 1964, which rose to number 43 in the UK. "Unchained Melody" was the only song to have reached No. [14][15], Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. 14 in the UK in 1965.

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However, sales for this version were minimal in the US since it was only available as a 45 RPM single and the song peaked at No.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 9 in November 2012),[105] with 1.87 million copies sold. Roy Hamilton's version (Epic Records catalog number 9102) reached number 1 on the R&B Best Sellers list and number 6 on the pop chart. [17], Al Hibbler followed close behind with a vocal version (Decca Records catalog number 29441),[18] that reached number 3 on the Billboard charts and number 2 in the UK chart listings.

[107], Gareth Gates first performed "Unchained Melody" as a contestant in the quarter-final of the first series of the UK singing competition television show Pop Idol, which included Simon Cowell as one of the judges. The song has been covered by many artists; according to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists in multiple languages.
Lying on a bed, he sings it accompanied by another prisoner on guitar while others listen sadly. [57], The Righteous Brothers' cover of "Unchained Melody" is now widely considered the definitive version of the song. Due to the success of their re-recording, The Righteous Brothers also re-recorded other songs and released them as part of a budget-priced CD compilation by Curb Records. Gates' cover of "Unchained Melody" was released together with his versions of the same two songs released by Young, which Gates had also performed in the final. 13 based largely on airplay.

138 in the list of Songs of the Century released by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. [177] ASCAP also announced it to be one of the 25 most-performed songs and musical works of the 20th century in 1999, and the most-performed love song of the 1950s in 2003. Avenue Q, Assassins, Boy From Oz, Wicked or Wonderful Town?

[98], In November 1994, in an episode of the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, characters Dave Tucker and Paddy Garvey, portrayed by actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn respectively, performed "Unchained Melody" as an impromptu duo, The Unrighteous Brothers, after the entertainment failed to appear for a friend's wedding. It was also listed in 2004 at No. [6][7] The song continued to chart in the 21st century, and it was the only song to reach number one with four different recordings in the UK until it was joined by Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" North asked Hy Zaret to write the lyrics, but Zaret initially declined, saying he was too busy painting his house. [41], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone, The version by Robson & Jerome is notable as the best-selling single of 1995 in the UK. [3] According to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages.

5 song of 1955. The 1965 original Righteous Brothers recording was reissued in 1990 by oldies-reissue label Verve Forecast[52][41] under licensing from Polygram Records[53] (which had acquired the rights years earlier). 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales", "Hy Zaret, 99, Tin Pan Alley Lyricist, Is Dead", "Show 17 – The Soul Reformation: More on the evolution of rhythm and blues. The words "unchain me" are sung repeatedly at the beginning and the lyrics are sung by a choir. It remained in the UK charts for 19 weeks in total.
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[13], William Stirrat falsely claimed over many years that he wrote the song. [173] The re-recorded version by The Righteous Brothers was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1991 in the best pop performance by a duo or group category,[174] and their original version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000. "Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. [107] Simon Cowell, who before this was known largely as a creator of novelty records with television characters such as the puppets Zig and Zag and action characters Power Rangers,[108] then came to the attention of the media for his ability to create hit records.
[101][104] The video released for "Unchained Melody" also incorporated clips from the 1945 film Brief Encounter.

Belafonte had also made a recording of the song for RCA Victor Records, which was released as catalog number 20-6784 in 1955, with the flip side "A-Roving". He performs an abbreviated version in the film, playing one of the prisoners. In 1963, an uptempo doo-wop version by Vito & the Salutations peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100;[24] this version was used in the soundtrack for Goodfellas in 1990. [172], The song was nominated in 1956 for 1955's Oscar for best original song from the film Unchained. [20] June Valli recorded the song on March 15, 1955, which was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-6078, with the flip side "Tomorrow",[21] and took it to number 29. [5] It was placed first in Magic 1278's 500 greatest songs of all time. Part 3]", "RCA Victor 78rpm numerical listing discography: 20-6000 – 6500", "RCA Victor 20-6500 – 7000; 78rpm numerical listing discography", "Vito and the Salutations–"Unchained Melody, "Music Printers Decry Pop Sheet Business Doldrums", "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts! [112] Gates reprised the song in the final as his personal choice,[113] but the competition was won by Will Young. The Righteous Brothers recording achieved a second round of great popularity when featured in the film Ghost in 1990. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The Very Best of Air Supply, Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You), You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, The Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of All, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage, If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning, Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other, Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom, I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Unchained_Melody&oldid=984186109, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one singles, Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one singles, Oricon International Singles Chart number-one singles, RPM Adult Contemporary number-one singles, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Singlechart usages for Canadaadultcontemporary, Certification Table Entry usages for Austria, Certification Table Entry usages for New Zealand, Certification Table Entry usages for Spain, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Certification Table Entry usages for Australia, Certification Table Entry usages for Belgium, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "You're My Soul And Inspiration" (1990 European reissue), In 1981, a live version performed by the band, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 18:14. It also launched the singing career of Robson & Jerome, and became the biggest hit in the UK for Simon Cowell, marking his beginning as a significant figure in the music industry. [12] The song eventually became known as the "Unchained Melody" even though the song does not actually include the word "unchained". For eight weeks, both versions were on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously and the Righteous Brothers became the first act to have two versions of the same songs in the Top 20 at the same time.

The re-recorded version was certified Platinum by the RIAA on January 10, 1991,[50] and received a Grammy Award nomination.[51].

According to Medley, producer Phil Spector, who would deliberately place a throwaway song that wasn't meant to be played on the 'B' side, was incensed that the DJs chose to play the 'B' side and started calling radio stations to get them to stop playing "Unchained Melody". [99] It became the best selling single of 1995, and one of the country's all-time biggest-selling singles (No. There is some uncertainty over who produced the song as Spector took the credit as the producer on many tracks and 'B' sides that may have been produced by Medley. [13] The song has an unusual harmonic device as the bridge ends on the tonic chord rather than the more usual dominant chord. [7][44] Hatfield's vocal in the original recording in particular is highly praised; it has been described as "powerful, full of romantic hunger, yet ethereal,"[7] and a "vocal tour de force", although his later re-recording was noted as "fudging only a bit on the highest notes". [2] It has since become a standard and one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. It was later revealed by Stock that the vocals were "assisted" and parts of the song were sung by other session singers. [19] Jimmy Young also later re-recorded another version of his 1955 chart topper in early 1964, which rose to number 43 in the UK. "Unchained Melody" was the only song to have reached No. [14][15], Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. 14 in the UK in 1965.

The answer may surprise you", "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100", "British single certifications – Robson & Jerome – Unchained Melody", "Will Young has biggest selling single of the decade", Australian-charts.com – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", Ultratop.be – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", Lescharts.com – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", Offiziellecharts.de – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", Dutchcharts.nl – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", "Arhiva romanian top 100 – Editia 31, saptamina 11.08–17.08, 2003", Swisscharts.com – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", "ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2003", "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Singles", Australian Recording Industry Association, "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2003", "British single certifications – Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody", "Surreal brand of humour which baffled the Beeb", "Spike Milligan & Peter Sellers – Unchained Melody/Dance With Me Henry", "Unchained Melody: Peter Sellers & Spike Milligan", "The Goons - Unchained Melodies - The Complete Recordings 1955-1978", "The Goons - Unchained Melodies: The Complete Singles Recordings 1955-1978", "Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart History for Unchained Melody by George Benson", "Which Cast Album Will Win the Grammy Feb. 13?

However, sales for this version were minimal in the US since it was only available as a 45 RPM single and the song peaked at No.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 9 in November 2012),[105] with 1.87 million copies sold. Roy Hamilton's version (Epic Records catalog number 9102) reached number 1 on the R&B Best Sellers list and number 6 on the pop chart. [17], Al Hibbler followed close behind with a vocal version (Decca Records catalog number 29441),[18] that reached number 3 on the Billboard charts and number 2 in the UK chart listings.

[107], Gareth Gates first performed "Unchained Melody" as a contestant in the quarter-final of the first series of the UK singing competition television show Pop Idol, which included Simon Cowell as one of the judges. The song has been covered by many artists; according to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists in multiple languages.
Lying on a bed, he sings it accompanied by another prisoner on guitar while others listen sadly. [57], The Righteous Brothers' cover of "Unchained Melody" is now widely considered the definitive version of the song. Due to the success of their re-recording, The Righteous Brothers also re-recorded other songs and released them as part of a budget-priced CD compilation by Curb Records. Gates' cover of "Unchained Melody" was released together with his versions of the same two songs released by Young, which Gates had also performed in the final. 13 based largely on airplay.

138 in the list of Songs of the Century released by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. [177] ASCAP also announced it to be one of the 25 most-performed songs and musical works of the 20th century in 1999, and the most-performed love song of the 1950s in 2003. Avenue Q, Assassins, Boy From Oz, Wicked or Wonderful Town?

[98], In November 1994, in an episode of the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, characters Dave Tucker and Paddy Garvey, portrayed by actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn respectively, performed "Unchained Melody" as an impromptu duo, The Unrighteous Brothers, after the entertainment failed to appear for a friend's wedding. It was also listed in 2004 at No. [6][7] The song continued to chart in the 21st century, and it was the only song to reach number one with four different recordings in the UK until it was joined by Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" North asked Hy Zaret to write the lyrics, but Zaret initially declined, saying he was too busy painting his house. [41], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone, The version by Robson & Jerome is notable as the best-selling single of 1995 in the UK. [3] According to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages.

5 song of 1955. The 1965 original Righteous Brothers recording was reissued in 1990 by oldies-reissue label Verve Forecast[52][41] under licensing from Polygram Records[53] (which had acquired the rights years earlier). 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales", "Hy Zaret, 99, Tin Pan Alley Lyricist, Is Dead", "Show 17 – The Soul Reformation: More on the evolution of rhythm and blues. The words "unchain me" are sung repeatedly at the beginning and the lyrics are sung by a choir. It remained in the UK charts for 19 weeks in total.

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