15: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers


Entered Charts3 February 1965
Entry Point22
Highest Chart2
Weeks In:16

Like yesterday, we have a group whose name implies a fraternal relationship when, in fact, no such relationship exists. Bill Medley and Bobby Hadfield are most often remember for their hit Unchained Melody – a song that was officially recognised as the most played recording of the 20th century on American radio.

Unchained Melody was their second Australian hit, probably overshadowing this fine song which hit our charts six months earlier. It has been suggested that this track is the epitome of the Phil Spector Wall of Sound where the instrumental track was recorded over and over to build the famous “wall of sound” effect. The backing instrumental was played by legendary session musicians The Wrecking Crew, while the backing vocals included a young performer Cherilyn Sarkisian, who found fame and fortune in the years ahead as Cher.

As with yesterday’s song, a very successful cover version was recorded in the early 1980s – in this instance by Long John Baldry and Kathi McDonald. While that was also a terrific track, the original by The Righteous Brothers stacks up very well and earns a place at number 15.