It’s still considered the prime example of Phil Spector’s “Wall Of Sound”
The Righteous Brothers classic “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” became one of the songs of the year on this day in 1965
Written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” by The Righteous Brothers was released in November 1964 and considered by some music critics to be the ultimate expression and illustration of Spector’s “Wall of Sound” recording technique, the song has also been described by various music writers as “ne of the best records ever made” and “the ultimate pop record”. On February 6, 1965 it reached No.1 on the Hot 100 where it remained for two weeks and also became an international hit for the Righteous Brothers, who then, were the first non-black singers to work with Spector, in what became known as “blue eyed soul”. The song was recorded at Studio A of Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles and, when the Righteous Brothers Hatfield and Medley, went to record the vocals a few weeks after the song was written, all the instrumental tracks had already been recorded and overdubbed. They would repeat recording the vocal many times – Medley would sing the opening verse over and over again until Spector was satisfied, then the process would be repeated with the next verse. The recording took over 39 takes, and around eight hours over a period of two days. In 1965, The Righteous Brothers recording of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” was nominated in the Best Rock and Roll Recording category at the 7th Annual Grammy Awards. It was also awarded Best Pop Single To Date 1965 in the Billboard Disc Jockey Poll. In 2001, this recording was ranked at No. 9 in the list of Songs of the Century released by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Together with “Unchained Melody”, the song became one of The Righteous Brothers most popular ones.
Watch The Righteous Brothers performing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” in 1965
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