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Unchained Melody - Two versions Pre Rightuous Brothers

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Last Edited: July 15, 2009, 9:50 am

Thanks to Truecritic on my last blog post I found out there was a hit previous to Roy Hamilton for Unchained Melody.  I was also wrong stating when Hamilton hit in 1957 with Unchained Melody. 

According to http://www.royhamilton.net/Bio.htm  "....“Walk”, released in 1954, which went to number one on the R&B chart and was a pop hit, “Unchained Melody”, another number one R&B hit as well as a top ten pop hit the following year (1955) , and the up-tempo hits “Don’t Let Go” in 1958 and “You Can Have Her”, in 1961, both top ten hits.

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Truecritic  ..."However, this is the 45rpm that sits in my basement:

Best known for his massive 1955 hit single UNCHAINED MELODY Al Hibbler (1915-2001) was a distinctive singer with a dramatic and steady vibrato which he used to great effect on a series of popular singles and albums. Blind-from-birth Hibbler was initially influenced by Crosby and Russ Columbo prior to becoming a vocal disciple with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the Forties;  "
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YouTube - AL HIBBLER - UNCHAINED MELODY
YouTube - ROY HAMILTON - UNCHAINED MELODY/YOU'LL NEVER WLK ALONE
Note: not a clue whose wedding

 

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