It’s been covered by hundreds of artists because it’s one of the most beautiful songs of all time.
“Unchained Melody” is one of the most well-known songs in the history of music. It was composed in 1955 with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret, while Todd Duncan sang the vocals.
According to Wikipedia, more than 1500 recordings of this timeless classic have been performed by over 670 musicians in dozens of languages. The Righteous Brothers’ version is probably one of the most notable ones out there.
The original Righteous Brothers’ recording is the definitive version, but in 1965, Bobby Hatfield’s live version added this climactic ending which makes it perfect! “Unchained Melody” became a hit once again in 1990, climbing to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The reason for its resurgence? GHOST!
You remember the classic scene: In the middle of the night, a woman (Demi Moore) sits alone at a pottery wheel. A vintage jukebox in her house switches records, and this timeless song starts to play. Her guy (Patrick Swayze) approaches sit behind her, as well as reaches out his hand, unintentionally spoiling her pot. Who can possibly forget this famous scene from the movie Ghost and the song that made it famous?
Indeed, Ghost was a massive hit, the highest-grossing film globally in 1990 — it even beat Home Alone and Pretty Woman! This scene with Patrick Swayze is frequently cited as one of the most romantic film moments of all time. “Unchained Melody” was such a perfect choice for this movie.
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