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Bill Medley

Bill Medley
Bill Medley speaking to fans after performing at The Big E, West Springfield, Massachusetts, on opening day, September 14, 2012.
Background information
Birth name William Thomas Medley
Born (1940-09-19) September 19, 1940
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Voice, piano
Years active 1959–present
Labels United Artists, RCA
Associated acts The Righteous Brothers
Bobby Hatfield

William Thomas "Bill" Medley (born September 19, 1940, Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers.

Contents

  • The Righteous Brothers 1
  • Solo career 2
  • Recent work 3
  • Discography 4
    • Albums 4.1
    • Singles 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The Righteous Brothers

Medley met his singing partner Bobby Hatfield when they were paired by saxophone player John Wimber, who later went on to found The Vineyard Church movement, in a band called The Paramours who appeared at The Black Derby nightclub in Santa Ana, CA. Medley and Hatfield began singing as a duo in 1962. Their first single was the Medley-penned "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and their first #1 hit was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced by Phil Spector in 1964. 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. Follow-up hits included "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody".

The duo broke up in 1968, but returned with another hit in 1974, "Rock And Roll Heaven", and they continued to appear together until Hatfield's death in November 2003. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by one of their biggest fans, Billy Joel.

Solo career

Medley also had a moderately successful solo career. In 1968, he released "Peace, Brother, Peace" and "Brown Eyed Woman" both of which were Top 40 Pop hits. In 1969, he won 2nd place at the Festival Internacional da Canção (FIC) in Rio de Janeiro, with the song "Evie", by Jimmy Webb. He also released several solo albums during the 1970s and 1980s. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Recent work

Bill Medley also recorded a vocal track for the song Lullabye on Jimmy Chamberlin's (of Smashing Pumpkins fame) solo album, Life Begins Again.

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.

Medley's daughter, McKenna Medley, is herself a singer and as of November 2006 was performing in Branson, Missouri as opening act for The Comets.[1]

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.

In 2011, Bill Medley began touring on the road again with his daughter McKenna and the 3 Bottle Band. They performed as headliners on the opening day of The Big E on September 14, 2012.[2] On November 24, 2013, he performed in concert for the first time in the UK at the famed Wembley Arena. Medley was also booked for an eight-date tour of Australia in March 2014,[3] which was canceled.[4]

Bill Medley has written a memoir which was published in April 2014, titled The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir.

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions Label
US US Country
1968 Bill Medley 100% 188 MGM
1969 Soft and Soulful 152
1970 Gone A&M
1970 Someone Is Standing Outside
1971 A Song for You
1973 Smile
1978 Lay a Little Lovin' on Me United Artists
1980 Sweet Thunder
1982 Right Here and Now Planet
1984 I Still Do 58 RCA
1985 Still Hung Up on You
1988 The Best of Bill Medley MCA/Curb
1993 Going Home Essential
2007 Damn Near Righteous

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions[5][6] Album
US Country US
[7]
US AC CAN Country CAN CAN AC
1968 "I Can't Make It Alone" 95 63 Bill Medley 100%
"Brown Eyed Woman" 43 36
"Peace Brother Peace" 48 46 Soft and Soulful
1969 "This Is a Love Song" 112 Single only
1979 "Statue of a Fool" 91 Lay a Little Lovin' on Me
1981 "Don't Know Much" 88 Sweet Thunder
1982 "Right Here and Now" 58 31 Right Here and Now
1984 "Til Your Memory's Gone" 28 20 I Still Do
"I Still Do" 17 25 22
"I've Always Got the Heart to Sing the Blues" 26 41
1985 "Is There Anything I Can Do" 47 46 Still Hung Up on You
"Women in Love" 55
1987 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (featuring Jennifer Warnes) 1 1 1 3 The Best of Bill Medley
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References

  1. ^ "Theoriginalcomets.com". Theoriginalcomets.com. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  2. ^ The Republican (August 30, 2012). "2012 Big E schedule: Eastern States Exposition". Masslive.com. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ [4]
  5. ^ "Charted Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 274.  
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 594.  

External links

  • Righteous Brothers Discography, contains Bill Medley Discographies
  • Bill Medley bio on The Righteous Brothers website
  • Bill Medley serves on the Board of Directors of the OC Pavilion
  • Interview with Bill Medley
  • Dick Clark's American Bandstand - Branson Homepage


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