Bobby Hatfield

Before Hall Oates became the best selling blue eyed soul duo of all time, there was Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley, who teamed up to form the Righteous Brothers. Hatfield, who was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on ... Read more »

Born: 08/09/1940 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (7)

Step Up All In 2014 (Movie)

DIT(Las Vegas) (Film Lab)

Identity Thief 2013 (Movie)

DIT Operator (Film Lab)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

(Projectionist)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

Dailies Projectionist (Projectionist)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Colorist)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Projectionist)

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

(Projectionist)
Actor (3)

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Show)

Actor
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Breaking In 2011 (Tv Show)

Digital Effects

Biography

Before Hall & Oates became the best selling blue eyed soul duo of all time, there was Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley, who teamed up to form the Righteous Brothers. Hatfield, who was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on August 10, 1940 and whose family moved to California soon thereafter, met Medley at California State University, Long Beach. The 22-year-old singer formed the duo with Medley in '62 and they initially sang with a band call the Paramours. After an admirer said of their sound, "That's righteous, brothers," the Righteous Brothers moniker came to be. They first found success with the single "Little Latin Lupe Lu" before their signature hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hit the top of the charts in 1964. Like many other musical duos, they split up, separating in 1968 and briefly reuniting in 1974 for the hit single "Rock and Roll Heaven," which climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. There was another resurgence of interest in the duo when the romantic fantasy "Ghost" (1990) used Hatfield's showcase "Unchained Melody." This haunting version of the pop standard quickly became one of the most familiar romantic song cues in TV and film. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Unfortunately, later that year, Hatfield died of a cocaine-related heart attack in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the age of 63.

EDUCATION

California State University, Long Beach

1962

Milestones

1974

Reunion single "Rock and Roll Heaven" hits #3

1964

Righteous Brothers single "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003

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