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The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir

By Bill Medley

The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir

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Started reading:
31 August 2014
Finished reading:
6 September 2014

Review

Decent showbiz autobiography, seriously informal — we have to assume that Bill Medley wanted it that way — and given to dropping names. Still, what comes through is Medley’s devotion to his music and his friends, not necessarily in that order, and the relationship between Medley and singing partner Bobby Hatfield turns out to be even stormier than I’d thought, but hard feelings, Medley makes clear, were fleeting. Also divulged: something I’d suspected, that Bill, and not Phil Spector, had produced the Philles recording of “Unchained Melody,” which makes sense given the fact that “Unchained” was intended to be a B-side and therefore beneath Spector’s notice, and the further fact that once the Righteous Brothers were signed to MGM/Verve, Medley’s production showed his mastery of Phil’s Wall of Sound techniques. If you grew up on this stuff, give The Time of My Life a spin.