"Damn near Righteous", New Bill Medley album produced by Steve Dorff
October 25, 2007
Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers, GRAMMY®, GOLDEN GLOBE ® and ACADEMY AWARD ® winner and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003) has the most successful track record regarding theme songs from cinema. The hit songs from the movies Top Gun ("You've Lost That Loving Feeling" - the most played song in US radio history), Ghost (“Unchained Melody”) and Dirty Dancing (“[I've Had] The Time of My Life") are arguably the most recognizable in US cinematic history. These 3 movies are some of the highest selling catalog titles in US home video history. Produced by multiple-GRAMMY® nominee Steve Dorff and Shayne Fair.
Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers) join Medley on a soulful reimagining of “In My Room”.
Collaborators include Steely Dan mainstay, guitarist Dean Parks; Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Joni Mitchell), named “the greatest living drummer” by Modern Drummer magazine; drummer J.R. Robinson (Rufus and Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, Steve Winwood); bassist Joe Chemay (Elton John, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Shania Twain); keyboardist Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill, John Mellencamp, Hank Williams, Jr.), Richard Page (Pages, Mr Mister, Third Matinee) and others. One of the album’s most memorable collaborations is a duet with Medley’s 20-year old daughter, McKenna.
Medley’s first album since Bobby Hatfield’s (The Righteous Brothers) untimely passing. This album not only honors the legacy of their historic partnership, but reveals as never before the singular artistry of Medley in his own right.
The recording is comprised of both new material and compelling covers of some particularly resonant classics and contains three recently penned Bill LaBounty songs, "Something Blue" (co-written with
Sam Lorber), "You Rock" (co-written with Pat McLaughlin) and "Sit Down and Hurt" (co-written with Rick Carnes).
Bonus DVD includes archival concert footage and interviews with various artists including Brian Wilson. Extensive publicity including nationally-aired appearances.