The Song “Unchained Melody” – Pop Culture Music History.

So many know this classic from a 1965 Righteous Brothers hit. Actually, it was the late Bobby Hatfield singing on that one. But, it was actually the fifth version of the song.

It was in fact, an “Unchained” melody. The original came from an unknown movie called, “Unchained” back in 1955 – a prison movie. That movie¬† – a “B” movie, had no stars to speak of, was about the plight of California minimum security prisoners.

Song was written by Alex North and that first version was sung for the movie by Todd Duncan.
Who?? Bummer – that version never became a hit. But other versions hit the charts. Quickly.

Les Baxter took an orchestral version to the top of the charts the same year. Around the same time, vocalist Al Hibbler had his version hit the top-5. And, yet another vocal version by Roy Hamilton hit the top-10 nationally. WOW. That was all in 1955. Wait a minute, another version by June Valli hit the charts a few months later. Then came the infamous 1965 version.

So many music fans know the song from the 1990 film, “Ghost.” It’s a classic! And, this brings up a great subject: major hit songs that came from “nothing” movies.

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

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Mr. Pop History – Happy Birthday To Nicole S. from mom, dad and sister Anna. By request, here’s the week she was born. Eleven years ago. From www.mrpopculture.com: The Week of March 1, 2000:

Technology – Playstation 2 goes on sale in Japan – and is being billedas a powerful new kind of video game player.

DoubleClick – the Internets largest advertising company- says it has reversed a decision to link people’s names and addresses to their surfing habits.

Tina Turner’s Twenty Four Seven World Tour 2000.

Sean Puffy Combs pleads not guilty in new York to charges he attempted tobribe his driver into taking the rap for his illegal gun possession incident.

Engaged – Vince Gill to Amy Grant.Television news -Charles Barkley will become a regular NBA studio analyst for TNT and TBS next season.

The Disney Channel launches a 2 Hour Tour, where a top young pop act visits a different part of the county to audition three local wannabe√Ęs. In the first episode – that pop act is Christian Aguilera.

At the movies -The Whole Nine Yards
The Next Best Thing
Drowning Mona
Pitch Black
Snow Day
American Beauty
Wonder Boys
Reindeer Games
The Cider House Rules
My Dog Skip