(You're My) Soul and Inspiration

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"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"
Single by The Righteous Brothers
from the album Soul and Inspiration
B-side "B-Side Blues"
Released April 1966
Format 7" single
Genre Pop, rock and roll, blue-eyed soul
Length 3:00
Label Verve
Writer(s) Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Producer(s) Bill Medley
The Righteous Brothers singles chronology
"The White Cliffs of Dover"
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"

"(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" was the first major hit for the American popgroup The Righteous Brothers after leaving their long-standing producer Phil Spector. It is the title track of their album.[1] The single peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian CHUM Charts as well as reaching #15 on the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song for 1966.[2]

After leaving Spector's Philles Records in late 1965, citing personal difficulties with the producer,[3] the duo moved to the mostly jazz-oriented Verve label and teamed up with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who were then part of the legendary Brill Building pop machine in New York City.[4] Mann and Weil had already co-written the group's previous #1, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'",[4][5] with Spector, and were familiar with their style and capabilities. The production, by the group's baritone Bill Medley, with reverbing pop-orchestra and soaring female back-up choir, is highly imitative of Spector's "Wall of Sound" and does not contrast the sound of the group's early hits. Unlike the group's previously produced Phil Spector singles, producer Bill Medley used a different group of session musicians on this recording other the Wrecking Crew, which played on most of their earlier hits. On this record, the musicians were Art Munson on guitar, Michael Patterson on piano, Jimmy Bond on bass, Drew Johnson on drums, Bill Baker on sax, Dick Shearer on trombone, and Bill King, Sanford Skinner and Bob Faust on trumpet.

This was, however, the end of the group's peak in popularity. Although they entered the charts with their next single, the religiously-oriented "He" (#18 US), before briefly splitting in 1968, they did not enter the top-10 again until reuniting in 1974 with "Rock and Roll Heaven", an ode to fallen musical comrades.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1969, the vocal group The Blossoms covered the tune with The Righteous Brother member Bill Medley producing.

In 1972, the reggae artist Paddy Corea covered the tune instrumentally for the UK label Trojan Records. The song is available on the 1995 cover-compilation Keep on Running.[6]

In 1978, Donny and Marie Osmond went to No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their mild pop version.

In 1990, the country music group The Oak Ridge Boys recorded a cover version for the soundtrack of the film My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. This version peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.[7]


  1. ^ a b Richmond, Peter. "Righteous Brothers Discography". Archived from the original on 13 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1966
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Biography of The Righteous Brothers". Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Kurutz, Steve. "Biography of Cynthia Weil". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Farley, Keith. "All Music Guide: Keep on Running". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 303. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 


Preceded by
"Ballad of the Green Berets" by SSgt Barry Sadler
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
April 9, 1966 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals