Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Righteous Brothers are back and headed to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
Performing in an emotive vocal style sometimes dubbed “blue-eyed soul,” the duo topped the charts for several decades with a string of hits that were emblematic of the era.
After Bobby Hatfield’s death in 2003, Bill Medley continued to perform to sold-out crowds around the world. In 2016, he joined forces with Bucky Heard to form a new version of the band. Medley first saw Heard perform at a tribute concert to Journey and has said that Heard is the only one he has every considered capable of filling Hatfield’s shoes.
Today, the duo can be found performing in cities across the country or at shows in Las Vegas at Hurrah’s Hotel and Casino.
Bucky Heard has been called “one of the most versatile vocalists in America.” He has helped Medley to recreate the contrasting vocal range that helped The Righteous Brothers to form such a distinctive sound as a duet. Medley sings the low parts with his bass-baritone voice, while Heard takes the higher register vocals.
Audiences will hear musical hits that have spanned the generations including “Unchained Melody,” “Soul and Inspiration,” “Rock and Roll Heaven” and “Time of My Life.” The Righteous Brothers’ biggest hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” has been called “the most played song on American radio and television of the 20th century.” The song had more than 8 million airplays. It was also nominated in the Best Rock And Roll Recording category at the 7th annual Grammy Awards.
The Righteous Brothers formed in the early ‘60s, and in 1964 they opened for both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during their first American tours. The duo’s most active recording period was in the 1960s and ‘70s. During that time they played at sold-out stadiums across the country and also on television shows, such as “American Bandstand” and “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.” They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 717-477-7469 or online at www.luhrscenter.com.