Story telling : Letter U for Unchained melody

Story Challenge: Letter “U”

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Unchained Melody

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Origin of song

In 1955, Alex North and lyricist Hy Zaret were contracted to write a song as a theme for the obscure prison film Unchained,[4] and their song eventually became known as the “Unchained Melody”. The song does not actually include the word “unchained”, and songwriter Zaret chose instead to focus his lyrics on someone who pines for a lover he has not seen in a “long, lonely time”.[4] The 1955 film centers around a man who contemplates either escaping from prison to live life on the run, or completing his sentence and returning to his wife and family.[4]

With Todd Duncan singing the vocals,[2] the song was nominated for an Oscar in 1955, but the Best Song award went to the hit song “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing“.

The best known version of “Unchained Melody” was recorded by The Righteous Brothers. This song was produced by Phil Spector in 1965, credited to The Righteous Brothers, but performed as a solo by Bobby Hatfield, who later recorded versions credited solely to him. This recording climbed to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. It reached #14 in the UK in 1965.




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