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Saturday video break: Unchained Melody

Song #34 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Unchained Melody”, originally by Todd Duncan and covered by the Righteous Brothers. Here’s the original:

I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard that version before. You can see the bones of the Righteous Brothers’ version there, though, which is easily the most famous of the gazillion covers of this song out there. Here it is:

That one I’m pretty sure you have heard. Here’s another one that’s probably closer to what you hear on the radio, but that first one was close enough, and how often did you get to see it performed live? Like I said, there’s a lot of covers of this out there, almost all trying sound like the Righteous Brothers. Here’s one that doesn’t, from the Manhattan Transfer:

I have that album – on vinyl!- and it wasn’t until I’d heard this song a few times that I realized what it was. I actually prefer it to the RB version. What version of this song is your favorite?

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