McSTREAMY.COM (08/11/2015) – One of the most distinctive voices in rock and roll history was born August 10, 1940. Bobby Hatfield, was the man who contributed as much to the sound of The Righteous Brothers as did his singing partner Bill Medley. They were both uniquely talented individuals, but when Hatield’s high, soaring voice joined Medley’s outstanding, gravely, soulful voice, they became a force to be reckoned with. Their sound could not be matched during a time when the so-called English Invasion took over radio broadcasting playlists, and the hearts and minds of buying teenagers.
It is said, The Righteous Brothers wasn’t their first name. They became “The Righteous Brothers” after a fan blurted out, “that’s righteous”, during their performance as “The Paramours” one night. The name caught on and the duo soon became The Righteous Brothers on recordings. The rest became Rock and Roll History. The GreatGold mix includes many of the best Righteous Brothers songs, as well as 5 decades of hit music by other musical recording artists from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Hatield died in 2003, but The Righteous Brothers music lives on the internet at GreatGold.fm Internet Oldies Radio for listeners throughout the world to enjoy. Their best songs are a constant reminder of the unique and prominent role The Righteous Brothers carved out in Rock and Roll History. Hatield is seen at the left above, next to Medley (born September 19, 1940), performing together during their later years. During the month of August, as well as September, the Righteous Brothers can be heard often in the Birthday Month Extra Plays, traditionally a part of what listeners hear in the GreatGold stream.
OTHER STARS BORN IN AUGUST INCLUDE: WHITNEY HOUSTON; RONNIE SPECTOR of The Ronettes; ISAAC HAYES; DINAH WASHINGTON; CONNIE STEVENS; TOMMY SANDS; VALARIE SIMPSON of Ashford and Simpson; SHANIA TWAIN; LEANN RIMES; RICK SPRINGFIELD; JUNIOR WALKER of Junior Walker and the AllStars; JOE JACKSON; DON HO; DAVID CROSBY of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; STEVE MARTIN; EYDIE GORME; MADONNA; BELINDA CARLISLE of The Go-Gos and solo artist; JACKIE de SHANNON; REGIS PHILBIN; BILLY RAY CYRUS; DARYL DRAGON of Captain and Tennille; MICHAEL JACKSON; VAN MORRISON; ROBERT CRAY; TIM BACHMAN of Bachman-Turner Overdrive; RICK COONCE of The Grass Roots;
GEOFFREY BRITTON of Wings and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band; DORIS COLEY and BEVERLY LEE of The Shirelles; EDWARD PATTEN of Gladys Knight and The Pips; GARTH ‘ERIC’ HUDSON of The Band; LEE ROCKER/LEON DRUCKER of Stray Cats; JOHN GRAHAM of Earth, Wind and Fire; MORRIS “B.B” DICKERSON of War; JOHN YORK of The Byrds; KENNY HODGES and JOHN “The Chief” SEITER of Spanky And Our Gang; TONY BENNETT; PAUL LAYTON of New Seekers; DAVID CARR, PAUL HOOPER and EDDIE MOONEY of The Fortunes; TIMI YURO/Rosemary Timothy Yuro; GERI ESTELLE HALLIWELL/Ginger Spice of Spice Girls; BILLY HENDERSON of The Spinners;
ALSO: LOUIS ARMSTRONG; SAMANTHA SANG; RICK HUXLEY and DENIS PAYTON of Dave Clark Five; RANDY DeBARGE and JAMES DeBARGE of DeBarge; JACQUIE O’SULLIVAN of Bananarama; KERRY CHATER of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap; CHARLES POPE of The Tams; HERB REED and PAUL ROBI/Paul Irvin Roby of The Platters; ANDREW ‘DREW’ LACHEY of 98 Degrees; JC CHASEZ/Joshua Scott Chasez OF ‘N Sync; THE EDGE/David Howell Evans of U2; JOHN DAVID of Dr. Hook; JOE TEX/Joseph Arrington; BENJAMIN ORR of The Cars; JON FARRISS of INXS; PATTI AUSTIN; JAMES GRIFFIN of Bread;
MICHAEL “TUNES” ANTUNES of John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band/Eddie and The Cruisers; BOBBY HATFIELD of The Righteous Brothers; JIMMY DEAN; AL ALBERTS/Al Albertini of The Four Aces; BRYAN BASSETT of Wild Cherry; BOB MOTHERSBAUGH of Devo; ERIK BRAUNN of Iron Butterfly; ERIC CARMEN of Raspberries/solo; JIM KALE of The Guess Who; MIKE HUGG of Manfred Mann; JERRY SPEISER and JOHN REES of Men At Work; MARK KNOPFLER of Dire Straits; HUGHIE THOMASSON of Lynyrd Skynyrd; SAMMI SMITH; BARBARA MASON; JIMMY NORMAN of The Coasters; JIMMY McCULLOCH of Wings;
PLUS: DAVE “BABY” CORTEZ; LARRY GRAHAM of Sly and The Family Stone; DASH CROFTS of Seals and Crofts; NESBERT “STIX” HOOPER of The Crusaders; BILL PINKNEY, ELSBERRY HOBBS and RUDY LEWIS of The Drifters; EMILY ERWIN of The Dixie Chicks; JAMES “J.T.” TAYLOR of Kool and The Gang; GARY LOIZZO of American Breed; ROBERT ‘SQUIRREL’ LESTER and MARSHALL DONALD THOMPSON of Chi-Lites; KETTY LESTER; CARL PERKINS; DONNIE WAHLBERG of New Kids On The Block; GILBY CLARKE of Guns N’ Roses; KEVIN ROWLAND of Dexy’s Midnight Runners; GARY TALLEY of Box Tops; DRAKE LEVIN of Paul Revere and The Raiders; SAM BUTERA; GEORGIA GIBBS/Frieda Lipschitz; MARK DINNING;
BARBARA HARRIS of The Toys; JOHNNY PRESTON/John Preston Courville; BILLY J KRAMER/William Howard Ashton of Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas; GINGER BAKER/Peter Edward Baker of Cream; ROBERT PLANT; JAMES PANKOW of Chicago; KIM SLEDGE of Sister Sledge; STEVE SMITH of Journey; TOM COSTER of Santana; KENNY ROGERS; HOWIE DOROUGH of Backstreet Boys; DEBBI PETERSON of The Bangles; IAN MITCHELL of Bay City Rollers; DAVID LEE MARKS of Beach Boys; GARY “MUTHA” WITHEM of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap; BOB FLANAGAN of The Four Freshmen; KEITH MOON of The Who; MIKE DEROSIER of Heart; and ERNEST WRIGHT JR of Little Anthony and The Imperials.
Some of the above named individuals have also passed on to the “Rock and Roll Heaven” the Righteous Brothers sang about. They too, have joined Bobby Hatfield, singing and playing in that place designated for singers and musicians after they leave this Earth. The wonderful part about the natural course of living is that, even though we have lost some of the people who have composed, performed and recorded songs that have meant so much to listeners like you and me over the years, we can still enjoy their efforts everyday in the music heard on the internet at places like GreatGold.fm Internet Oldies Radio.
GreatGold.fm recently renovated the inner workings of their website, making it Mobile Ready and Mobile Friendly. The renovation does not include any change in the music listeners hear. Even though they are regularly adding songs to their playlist, the type of music they play, and the forumula of their mix, has not been altered. In addition, there are no major changes to the look and feel of the website. The big news concerning the unveiling of the new GreatGold website, released online August 3, 2015, is that visitors can experience all of the site, fully, in any size mobile device, big or small.
The content automatically adjusts to the size of your screen. You can even listen to the music directly from the website in most phones, using nearly every browser. If you want to see for yourself what we’re talking about, the GreatGold.fm website can be found on the internet at http://www.greatgold.fm.