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Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield dies. The 63-year-old was found dead in his hotel room before a scheduled concert by the ''Unchained Melody'' duo

Bobby Hatfield, who, along with Bill Medley, comprised the classic 1960s duo The Righteous Brothers, died Wednesday in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he was found half an hour before the duo was to perform a concert at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. An autopsy was to be performed, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette, to determine the 63-year-old's cause of death.

The Righteous Brothers were known for their ''blue-eyed soul'' sound, which combined Hatfield's gritty voice, Medley's deep baritone, and lushly arranged ballads. They scored such mid-'60s hits as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'' (which the duo claimed was the most-played song in radio history), ''Soul and Inspiration,'' and ''Unchained Melody,'' whose re-recorded version for the 1990 film ''Ghost'' earned Hatfield and Medley a Grammy nomination. Earlier this year, the pair were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Originally posted Nov 06, 2003

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