Legacy

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 Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints