|Birth name||William Thomas Medley|
September 19, 1940 |
|Years active||1959 – present|
|Labels||United Artists, RCA|
|Associated acts||The Righteous Brothers
The Righteous Brothers
Medley met his singing partner Bobby Hatfield while attending California State University, Long Beach. The pair began singing as a duo in 1962. Their first single was "Little Latin Lupe Lu"; their first hit was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced by Phil Spector in 1964. Follow-up hits included "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody".
The duo broke up in 1968, but returned with another hit in 1974, "Rock And Roll Heaven", and they continued to appear together until Hatfield's death in November 2003. The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by one of their biggest fans, Billy Joel.
Medley also had a moderately successful solo career. In 1968, he released "Peace, Brother, Peace" and "Brown Eyed Woman" both of which were Top 40 Pop hits. In 1969, he won 2nd place at the Festival Internacional da Cançao (FIC) in Rio de Janeiro, with the song "Evie", by Jimmy Webb. He also released several solo albums during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1984 and 1985, he charted 5 singles on the country charts with the biggest of these being the Top 20 country hit, "I Still Do". In 1987 his duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", was included on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack album, and the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won Medley and Warnes a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the composers. Among his other notable songs are "Most of All You", the closing theme to the movie Major League; "Friday Night's A Great Night For Football" from Tony Scott's movie, The Last Boy Scout; and the theme song for the Growing Pains spinoff, Just The Ten of Us.
Through the mid to late 2000s Bill Medley performed mainly in Branson, Missouri at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater, Andy Williams Moon River Theater and The Starlite Theatre.
In 2011, Bill Medley began touring on the road again with his daughter McKenna and the 3 Bottle Band. They performed as headliners on the opening day of The Big E on September 14, 2012. On November 24, 2013, he performed in concert for the first time in the UK at the famed Wembley Arena. Medley was also booked for an eight-date tour of Australia in March 2014, which was canceled.
Bill Medley has written a memoir which is scheduled to be published in April 2014 and will be titled The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir.
|1968||Bill Medley 100%||188||MGM|
|1969||Soft and Soulful||152|
|1970||Someone is Standing Outside|
|1971||A Song for You|
|1978||Lay a Little Lovin' on Me||United Artists|
|1982||Right Here and Now||Planet|
|1984||I Still Do||58||RCA|
|1985||Still Hung Up on You|
|1988||The Best of Bill Medley||MCA/Curb|
|2007||Damn Near Righteous|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US AC||CAN Country||CAN||CAN AC|
|1968||"I Can't Make It Alone"||—||95||—||—||63||—||Bill Medley 100%|
|"Brown Eyed Woman"||—||43||—||—||36||—|
|"Peace Brother Peace"||—||48||—||—||46||—||Soft and Soulful|
|1969||"This Is a Love Song"||—||112||—||—||—||—||Single only|
|1979||"Statue of a Fool"||91||—||—||—||—||—||Lay a Little Lovin' on Me|
|1981||"Don't Know Much"||—||88||—||—||—||—||Sweet Thunder|
|1982||"Right Here and Now"||—||58||31||—||—||—||Right Here and Now|
|1984||"Til Your Memory's Gone"||28||—||—||20||—||—||I Still Do|
|"I Still Do"||17||—||25||22||—||—|
|"I've Always Got the Heart to Sing the Blues"||26||—||—||41||—||—|
|1985||"Is There Anything I Can Do"||47||—||—||46||—||—||Still Hung Up on You|
|"Women in Love"||55||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987||"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (featuring Jennifer Warnes)||—||1||1||—||1||3||The Best of Bill Medley|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- The Republican (August 30, 2012). "2012 Big E schedule: Eastern States Exposition". masslive.com. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
- "Bill Medley Lovin' Feelin' Tour March 2014 " , Lennard Productions. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Charted Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 274. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 594. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
- Righteous Brothers Discography, contains Bill Medley Discographies
- Bill Medley bio on The Righteous Brothers website
- Bill Medley serves on the Board of Directors of the OC Pavilion
- Interview with Bill Medley
- Dick Clark's American Bandstand - Branson Homepage