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