Day 37: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

Song: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers
Reached #1: February 6, 1965 (their first, 2 weeks)

Who needs the letter “g”, anyway?

When you hear the song, you can kind of figure out that Phil Spector had a hand in it (he co-wrote and produced it).  It’s an example of Spector’s “Wall of Sound” production approach – lots of instruments, echo, and the vocal being another instrument to be produced… not that he had to do a lot with Bill Medley’s memorable lead vocal…

You probably know this is the most played song of the 20th Century (according to BMI, one of the broadcast-rights organizations).  No surprise, I suppose.

You might know that it’s the only song ever to hit the British top 10 three times (original release, re-release in 1969, and a 1990 reissue to capitalize on “Unchained Melody” appearing in Ghost).

You probably didn’t know that there were two dueling versions of this song in the UK in 1965 – British singer Cilla Black rushed out a cover of the song trying to get it on the charts before this version got there.  The two songs did cross paths – Black’s cover started to fade off the charts as the Righteous Brothers’ version hit #1 there.

You almost certainly didn’t know that Cher was one of the studio backup singers.

This was also a very long song for 1965 – singles didn’t run 4 minutes back then… reportedly, Phil Spector had an incorrect time printed on the single (3:05 instead of 3:45) to try to finesse that problem.

But, of course, if the song is this good, who cares if it’s 3 minutes or 4?

Tomorrow, what to do when you can’t bring back that lovin’ feelin’.

Other songs that reached #1 on February 6:
1982 –
“Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band (their first, 6 weeks)
1988 – “Could’ve Been” by Tiffany (her second, 2 weeks)


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