Righteous Brothers return to Stadium Theatre

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It was just a year ago that I traveled “all the way to Woonsocket” to hear one of my favorite duos from the ’60s, The Righteous Brothers. They’re back Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. at the Stadium Theatre in the heart of downtown Woonsocket.

I spoke with 79-year-old Bill Medley then about the origin of the Righteous Brothers back in 1963, when he teamed up with Bobby Hatfield and became one of the all-time duos in pop and rock and roll music.

When Bobby passed away, Hedley continued as a solo act until he heard Bucky Heard one night and asked him to join him in keeping the songs and style of the Righteous Brothers alive. While Heard does not try to emulate Hatfield, his high voice blends perfectly with Hedley’s low range.

Last year’s show was one of my all-time favorites, with the duo covering most of the hits, introducing some new songs and a couple of solos for each.

Hedley had his daughter join him on a couple of songs, and Heard brought down the house with his rendition of “Crying.”

“Ebb Tide,” “You’ve Got That Lovin’ Feeling” and, of course, “Unchained Melody” had the packed house on their feet.

If you want a fun, nostalgic night of music, head for Woonsocket Saturday night, August 10.

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