Bill Medley

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Bill Medley
Birth nameWilliam Thomas Medley
Born(1940-09-19) September 19, 1940 (age 73)
Los Angeles
OriginLos Angeles
GenresBlue-eyed soul
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVoice, Piano
Years active1959 – present
LabelsUnited Artists, RCA
Associated actsThe Righteous Brothers
Bobby Hatfield
 
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Bill Medley
Birth nameWilliam Thomas Medley
Born(1940-09-19) September 19, 1940 (age 73)
Los Angeles
OriginLos Angeles
GenresBlue-eyed soul
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVoice, Piano
Years active1959 – present
LabelsUnited Artists, RCA
Associated actsThe Righteous Brothers
Bobby Hatfield

William Thomas "Bill" Medley (born September 19, 1940, Los Angeles, California) is an American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers.

Medley met his singing partner Bobby Hatfield while attending California State University, Long Beach. The pair began singing as a duo in 1962. Their first single was "Little Latin Lupe Lu"; their first hit was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced by Phil Spector in 1964. Follow-up hits included "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody".

The duo broke up in 1968, but returned with another hit in 1974, "Rock And Roll Heaven", and they continued to appear together until Hatfield's death in November 2003. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by one of their biggest fans, Billy Joel.

Medley also had a moderately successful solo career. In 1968, he released "Peace, Brother, Peace" and "Brown Eyed Woman" both of which were Top 40 Pop hits. In 1969, he won 2nd place at the Festival Internacional da Cançao (FIC) in Rio de Janeiro, with the song "Evie", by Jimmy Webb. He also released several solo albums during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1984 and 1985, he charted 5 singles on the country charts with the biggest of these being the Top 20 country hit, "I Still Do". In 1987 his duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", was included on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack album, and the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won Medley and Warnes a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the composers. Among his other notable songs are "Most of All You", the closing theme to the movie Major League; "Friday Night's A Great Night For Football" from Tony Scott's movie, The Last Boy Scout; and the theme song for the Growing Pains spinoff, Just The Ten of Us.

Bill Medley also recorded a vocal track for the song Lullabye on Jimmy Chamberlin's (of Smashing Pumpkins fame) solo album, Life Begins Again.

Bill Medley appeared in the two-part episode "Finally!" of the hit TV show, Cheers.

In 1998 Medley along with Jennifer Warnes sang Show Me The Light during the end credits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie.

Medley's daughter, McKenna Medley, is herself a singer and as of November 2006 was performing in Branson, Missouri as opening act for The Comets.[1]

Through the mid to late 2000s Bill Medley performed mainly in Branson, Missouri at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater, Andy Williams Moon River Theater and The Starlite Theatre.

In 2011, Bill Medley began touring on the road again with his daughter McKenna and the 3 Bottle Band. On November 24th, 2013, he performed in concert for the first time in the UK at the famed Wembley Arena. Medley is also booked for an eight-date tour of Australia in March 2014.[2]

Bill Medley has written a memoir which is scheduled to be published in April 2014 and will be titled The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positionsLabel
USUS Country
1968Bill Medley 100%188MGM
1969Soft and Soulful152
1970GoneA&M
1970Someone is Standing Outside
1971A Song for You
1973Smile
1978Lay a Little Lovin' on MeUnited Artists
1980Sweet Thunder
1982Right Here and NowPlanet
1984I Still Do58RCA
1985Still Hung Up on You
1988The Best of Bill MedleyMCA/Curb
1993Going HomeEssential
2007Damn Near Righteous

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positions[3][4]Album
US CountryUS
[5]
US ACCAN CountryCANCAN AC
1968"I Can't Make It Alone"9563Bill Medley 100%
"Brown Eyed Woman"4336
"Peace Brother Peace"4846Soft and Soulful
1969"This Is a Love Song"112Single only
1979"Statue of a Fool"91Lay a Little Lovin' on Me
1981"Don't Know Much"88Sweet Thunder
1982"Right Here and Now"5831Right Here and Now
1984"Til Your Memory's Gone"2820I Still Do
"I Still Do"172522
"I've Always Got the Heart to Sing the Blues"2641
1985"Is There Anything I Can Do"4746Still Hung Up on You
"Women in Love"55
1987"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (featuring Jennifer Warnes)1113The Best of Bill Medley
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://theoriginalcomets.com/_wsn/page5.html
  2. ^ "Bill Medley Lovin' Feelin' Tour March 2014 " , Lennard Productions. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Charted Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 274. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 594. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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