Bill Medley’s partnership with Bobby Hatfield to form the Righteous Brothers in 1963 would be a relationship that created numerous memorable hits, highlighting a catalogue from a golden generation of music. Of course, such an esteemed career leads to a certain lifestyle while building it, and Medley isn’t short on stories, as revealed in his memoir, The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir.
Elvis Presley became a good friend of Medley’s, as the two of them would frequently perform in Las Vegas together. Presley, a very private individual, allowed Medley into his most inner circle, having many private conversations before shows. Presley’s antics weren’t exclusive to the dressing room, as Medley told Scott Shannon this morning.
“The night he flipped me off?” laughed the former Righteous Brother of Presley. The King used to turn his back to the crowd while performing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” on stage and send Medley a special message. “He said, ‘eat your heart out, Medley,’ and then he flipped me the bird on his leg.”
In addition to the wild stories, Medley discusses his partnership with fellow Righteous Brother, Bobby Hatfield. That relationship, like any other, was certainly rocky at times.
“Every duet, partnership… marriage [is tough],” says Medley. “The problem with Bobby and I, we couldn’t go home and make love.”
That partnership came to an untimely end on November 5, 2003, when Hatfield died just hours before a Righteous Brothers concert. Medley continues to tour, having members of his band or family members sing Hatfield’s parts.
“There’s no replacing Bobby Hatfield,” says Medley. “But we do a pretty good job.”
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