made a debut as a professional singer in the early sixties. He and Bobby Hatfield
formed a partnership to launch “Righteous Brothers” in 1962. The higher tenor of Hatfield perfectly complemented the dreamy low notes of Medley. This partnership wasn’t for long but was able to make the right kind of impact in their career. They marked a number of hits as Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” stood out as their most popular song. Further success was garnered upon them with hits like "Ebb Tide”, "Unchained Melody," and “Just Once in My Life". By 1968, the duo chose their separate ways trying to make a career out of solo performances. However their music as the duo set the accord for their future pursuits.
As a solo artist, Medley released “Bill Medley 100%”. This album played a major role in establishing him as Blue-Eyed Soul musician. His pop and R&B tunes were an instant hit among the listeners. Bill Medley
made a favorable impact with his songs. His successful songs were “Brown Eyed Woman" and "I Can't Make It Alone". He strengthened his footing in the music world with his sophomore album “Soft and Soulful”.
The album was once again bent toward
R&B with an obvious soulful angle in it. "Peace Brother Peace" came out as the winner stealing the entire spotlight. His next few ventures including “Nobody Knows” and “A Song for You” followed the same pattern in terms of musical preferences and consequently popularity.
In 1974, The Righteous Brothers retraced their footsteps to create the magic on stage. For the next two years they were on fire with a series of well attended concerts. After two years of popularity and on the roll excitement Bill Medley
decided to give it a rest. He laid low in live performances for the next five years. The year 1979 was when he released “Lay A Little Lovin' On Me”.
He took off solo again with this album and took a lead in the US Country Charts with the single
"Statue of a Fool
Things reeled off for him in the eighties as he kept his focus solely on recording new songs. His single-track focus worked out perfectly making it best tenure of his professional career. He won his first Grammy Award
in the eighties too. This award was for his duet with Jennifer Warnes
title as “I've Had The Time of My Life”.
This song was featured in the popular Hollywood movie “Dirty Dancing”. This song was on the top of the Billboard charts and was also recognized in the Academy Awards
for being the “Best Original Song”
of the year. He was quite prolific in this decade his album releases included The Best of Bill Medley, Still Hung Up on You, Right Here and Now
Planet, Sweet Thunder
and I Still Do
Bill Medley couldn’t be any happier when the popularity of “Righteous Brothers” started to pick up. Thanks to their lucky stars as Top Gun and Ghost incorporated their old songs "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and “Unchained Melody” in their soundtracks respectively. They cached on the popularity by reuniting for another bout of entertaining live performances. This rising fame of the band did not slow down his solo releases. He came up with “Going Home” and “Christmas Memories”. In the late nineties, Hatfield’s death put an end to the Righteous Brothers forever. However, Medley continued his solo career. He will be seen on the stage this season yet again with some his most memorable numbers. If you are a fan, order your Bill Medley tickets now!