The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir

The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir

by Bill Medley, Mike Marino

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From an early age, Bill Medley had a passion for music. School glee club and amateur singing contests soon gave way to the albums of Ray Charles and Little Richard. That raw R&B influence would profoundly shape Medley's musical future.

As the pioneering “blue-eyed soul” group the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and late partner Bobby Hatfield sang such huge hits as “(You're My) Soul and Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” and “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin',” the latter recognized by BMI as the most-played song of the twentieth century. Medley's duet with Jennifer Warnes for the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, “(I've Had) the Time of My Life,” became a worldwide No. 1 single on its way to winning an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe.

But Medley's story isn't just about the hits and the awards. It's about an immensely talented man who reached the pinnacle of fame, success, and excess, until the shocking murder of his wife, Karen. In time, this tragedy eventually helped him renew his commitment to both faith and family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306823176
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 616,594
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Bill Medley, along with the other half of the Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield, has recorded such hits as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration," "Unchained Melody," and "Rock & Roll Heaven." Bill's worldwide #1 hit, "The Time of My Life" with Jennifer Warnes, earned him a Grammy, a Golden Globe, an American Music Award, an Oscar, and Video of the Year honors. In 2003, Bill and Bobby were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Billy Joel. Bill continues to tour and perform to sold-out audiences everywhere. He lives in Southern California with his wife of 27 years, Paula.

Mike Marino is an author, speaker, and musician. He was a member of several popular music groups including the McCoys, famous for their #1 hit "Hang on Sloopy." He lives in Orange County, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

1 Orange County Graffiti 1

2 The Paramours 10

3 The Rendezvous Ballroom 14

4 The Double-Whammy 19

5 The Beatles 22

6 Shindig 25

7 The Cow Palace 30

8 We're, uh, I'm Off to New York 41

9 Riding the Wave 43

10 The Green Light from Sinatra 46

11 That's the B-Side? 53

12 Soul and Inspiration 56

13 Sweet Karen 59

14 The "New" Righteous Brothers 70

15 I Can't Make It Alone 74

16 Hey Jude 81

17 Elvis 86

18 No Voice, No Choice 94

19 The Second Time Around 98

20 Relationships 108

21 Lights, Camera, Action 131

22 From Dogshit to Diamonds 143

23 The Beat Goes on 152

24 The Hall 166

25 November 5, 2003 170

26 The Fans 178

27 Beyond Bobby 183

28 Kid Stuff 194

29 In My Head and Heart 202

30 Last Call 208

Afterthoughts from the Coauthor 211

Acknowledgments 215

Index 219

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