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Unchained Melody


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Added by in 1930s and earlier 1950s 1990s


Unchained Melody was a song written by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.  In 1955 three versions of the songs were recorded that year by Les Baxter, Al Hibbler and Roy Hamilton.  The 1965 version by the Righteous Brothers was the most popular version especially after it was used in the movie Ghost in 1990.


In 1936 the song was untitled song, it was offered to Bing Crosby who turned it down.  The song remained unrecorded for almost twenty years.  In 1954 Alex North was approached to write a song for the movie Unchained, a movie filmed in a prison.  The song was nominated for an Oscar in 1955 but lost to Love Is  A Many Splendored Thing.


The version by the Righteous Brothers was released as a "B" side of the single Hung On You.  Disc jockeys across the country chose to play the "B" side.  


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  • Added 1955 movie "Unchained" featured the song Unchained Melody I think by Al Hibbler, about Crazy leggs Hirsh a football player!
  • glady.gates Added I loved this movie so much and watched it many times. I can't help tearing up each time. So sad that he had to die so young in the prime of life. A wonderful actor and dancer.
  • Sweets50 Added ****sigh****