Righteous Man | EW.com

News

Righteous Man

BOBBY HATFIELD 1940-2003

Unchained at last: the soul of Bobby Hatfield (far right), the tenor half of the Righteous Brothers, the ”blue-eyed soul” duo who, with producer Phil Spector, turned out a succession of hits in the ’60s, including ”Unchained Melody,” ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and ”Just Once in My Life.” On Nov. 5, 63-year-old Hatfield died of a heart attack in Kalamazoo, Mich. In recent years, he and fellow Righteous bro Bill Medley (the pair were not siblings, just a preternaturally well-matched vocal team) had been performing on the Las Vegas circuit. In 1992, Bruce Springsteen tapped Hatfield to contribute vocals to ”I Wish I Were Blind” on the Boss’ Human Touch album. Earlier this year, the Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Originally posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

More from Our Partners