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Righteous Brothers Singer Bobby Hatfield Dies - 2003-11-06

Singer Bobby Hatfield, 63, of the 1960s hit music group, the Righteous Brothers, has died. He was found in a Michigan hotel room, about a half-hour before the duo was to perform at Western Michigan University. Hatfield and the other half of the duo, Bill Medley, pioneered music known as "blue-eyed soul."

Famed music producer Phil Spector recorded You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling featuring Hatfield and Medley, giving it his signature Wall of Sound.

The song was The Righteous Brothers first big hit, followed by other 1960s chart toppers like Soul and Inspiration and movie theme Unchained Melody.

Later generations came to recognize Unchained Melody, from the movie Ghost in 1990. The re-recorded version earned the Righteous Brothers a Grammy nomination.

Hatfield and Medley met in California in the early 1960s and started performing as The Paramours. But, according to an account on their website, they got the name "Righteous Brothers" when a U.S. Marine watching a performance jumped up and shouted "that's righteous, brothers."

After splitting up in 1968, the Righteous Brothers reunited in 1974, returning to musical prominence with the hit Rock and Roll Heaven.

The Righteous Brothers were scheduled to perform Wednesday, before Hatfield's body was found. He was 63.