The Righteous Brothers was the stage name of the duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They had their first hit with the 1964 song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin‘“, produced by Phil Spector. Bobby’s most recognizable work is the Righteous Brother’s 1965 recording of “Unchained Melody” which he performed as a solo.
On November 5, 2003 The Righteous Brothers were due to perform at the Miller Auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus. They were staying at the Radisson for the show. When Bobby failed to show up at the gig, someone went to the hotel to check on him.
His body was discovered 30 minutes before they were due on stage. The initial autopsy found that Hatfield had advanced coronary disease. He was 63 years old.
Bobby is buried in Corona del Mar, California.
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