Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Bill Medley – Bill Medley 100% / Soft And Soulful (1968;1969)


Best known as the Righteous Brother with the rich baritone, Bill Medley grew up surrounded by music: his father led a band and played saxophone, while his mother sang and played piano. Medley himself sang in his church choir as a boy, with the glee club in high school, and in the early '60s in his band the Paramours. Soon after, Medley began singing with Bobby Hatfield as the Righteous Brothers, a partnership that spawned hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Unchained Melody." When the duo parted ways in 1968, Medley pursued a solo career, scoring hits such as "Brown-Eyed Woman" and releasing albums like Soft and Soulful, Nobody Knows, and A Song for You. Medley reunited with Hatfield in 1974, then took a five-year break from performing in 1976. However, he continued to record throughout the '80s, scoring his most notable hit with the Grammy Award-winning number one single "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," a duet with Jennifer Warnes taken from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Meanwhile, the Righteous Brothers' popularity rose again thanks to the inclusion of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" on the Top Gun soundtrack and "Unchained Melody" on the Ghost soundtrack; Medley and Hatfield responded by reuniting again and touring the oldies circuit, which they continued to play throughout the '90s. Medley still found time for his solo career, releasing albums such as 1996's Christmas Memories and the following year's Almost Home, while living with his family in Newport Beach. A decade later -- and four years after the death of his fellow Righteous Brother Hatfield -- Medley returned with Damn Near Righteous, which featured cameos by Brian Wilson, Phil Everly, and Medley's daughter McKenna. A live set, recorded in Branson, followed in 2009. In early 2014, he released Your Heart to Mine: Dedicated to the Blues, a stripped-down and wonderfully emotional balanced tribute to some of the R&B and blues artists who influenced Medley and Hatfield at the start of their careers, a set exhibiting Medley's signature baritone singing, now hoarsened and worn by age into an almost even more soulful vocal vehicle.


Bill Medley 100% 

01. Bill Medley - Brown Eyed Woman 
02. Bill Medley - Let The Good Times Roll 
03. Bill Medley - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
04. Bill Medley - Run To My Loving Arms 
05. Bill Medley - You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 
06. Bill Medley - The Impossible Dream 
07. Bill Medley - I Can't Make It Alone 
08. Bill Medley - That's Life 
09. Bill Medley - One Day Girl 
10. Bill Medley - Show Me 
11. Bill Medley - Goin' Out Of My Head 
12. Bill Medley - Who Can I Turn To 

Soft And Soulful 

01. Bill Medley - Peace Brother, Peace 
02. Bill Medley - 100 Years 
03. Bill Medley - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 
04. Bill Medley - I'm Gonna Die Me 
05. Bill Medley - For Your Precious Love 
06. Bill Medley - Softly, As I Leave You 
07. Bill Medley - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby 
08. Bill Medley - Any Day Now 
09. Bill Medley - Reaching Back 
10. Bill Medley - Street Of Dirt 
11. Bill Medley - Something So Wrong 



3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much!

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  2. Thanks for these 2 Bill Medley studios. I'm looking hard for his Best Of album. Would you have that one to share? Thanks.

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