Feeling that he could add something more to the song, Hatfield asked Medley to let him record over part of the original take. As the producer, Medley agreed. The part that Hatfield re-recorded? The plaintive, soaring line "I need your love". Arguably, this line made the song what it was. You don't have to go looking for the original recording to hear this lovely song.
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The song made its debut at 72 on The Billboard Hot the week of July 17th, and steadily rose up the chart, peaking in the number four spot the week of August 28th. It didn't disappear from the list until the week of October 16th, The song saw a massive resurgence in popularity again in when it was used as the love theme in the movie Ghost, featuring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
The Righteous Brothers wanted to re-release the song because of the renewed interest caused by the movie. Due to licensing issues, The Righteous Brothers were forced to record a new version of the song, this time on Curb records. Both the original version and the re-recorded version actually appeared on The Billboard Hot at the same time, making The Rigteous Brothers the very first group to have two versions of the same song charting in the top 20 at the same time.
Though Medley's voice is not the one you hear in the original recording, he has indeed performed the song.
In recent years, he has sung it as a tribute to Hatfield, who passed away in Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. In my unimportant musical opinion, this is the most perfect song sung by the most perfect singer to sing it. You are so welcome Bill. Every song has a backstory, it seems, and I love digging those up! I had no idea about the origin of this song One of the truly beautiful songs ever written, and their recording of it will always be a classic.
Thanks for the background, Kaili!
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Hi Dieter, I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I can absolutely see why you would associate it with someone serving in 'Nam Thank you for the wonderful read and explanation of the origin of this song. As a teen at the time of the Righteous Brothers release I had always imagined it as an plea of someone deployed in NAM!
I was a bit disappointed to learn of its original plea, by a convict, but after all these years it still moves me beyond measure. That's what I thought too when I read that Flourish. I'll bet he was glad later on through when the royalty payments came in! I like that reason for being so busy painting his house. So glad you enjoyed this. I was really surprised about the origin of the song Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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General Comment i wish my boyfriend would write something like this for me. General Comment this song reminds me of a girl i love very dearly. My Opinion This song is one of the most romantic songs to slow-dance to. The beat is so slow, with each word drawn out like a beautiful lullabye. It really makes you go slow and savor dancing with someone special. While it's a love song, I have a hard time getting through it without tearing up!
The lyrics are romantic and illustrate that deep, never-ending kind of love The part about the river flowing to the sea makes me think of death It makes me think he has passed and is telling his love to wait, until we meet again. One of the only songs that makes me so sad and happy at the same time!
General Comment My boyfriend lives across the country and we are madly in love. He came to visit me and today he gave me a small round wooden music box that plays this song. That makes everything go by so much more slowly. General Comment i love this song. General Comment this song is really good. It had shed its early associations with the romantic frustrations of prison life, and remains in the public mind concerned with a captivation of a different kind: that of the uncertainty that comes with romantic attachment.
In , the song was included in the soundtrack for Ghost: The Musical. Which is unsurprising. Ghost is, more than most movies, defined by its plaintive soundtrack. We want to hear what you think about this article.
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