If you feel you've "Lost That Lovin' Feelin,' " come on down to Paramount Hudson Valley Friday April 11th cause we have just the cure. Grammy winner Bill Medley takes the stage to croon your blues away.
Medley, who teamed with the late Bobby Hatfield to craft blue-eyed soul as The Righteous Brothers, is responsible for three of the most iconic songs in music history - each a part of an equally iconic movie scene.
"Unchained Melody" set the mood for the pottery-spinning Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in "Ghost." Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards serenaded Kelly McGillis with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' " in "Top Gun." And who could forget Jennifer Grey dancing into Swayze's arms to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in "Dirty Dancing"?
Medley promises to perform those love songs and more ! "I do all of The Righteous Brothers songs, and I sit down at the piano and we kind of do an unplugged portion of the show where I get to tell some stories that I think they would be interested in - like being on the Beatle tour ... and being friends with Elvis," Medley said in his distinctive baritone voice. " get to do some old, old Righteous Brothers songs, and some other stuff. So, it's cool."
Medley, who was born and raised in Southern California, cut his teeth performing songs in the style of his music heroes: Ray Charles and Little Richard.
"I just loved singing in church choirs and school choirs, and when rock and roll hit in about 1955, I thought I'd died and went to Heaven," he said. "It just changed my life."
Medley and Hatfield formed The Righteous Brothers in 1962.
"When it was time for us to go on stage - which, I never felt that was what I was going to do - that's the way we sang. . I had Little Richard and Ray Charles and all these guys coming over to my house everyday and teaching me to sing, via the records.
"I was very lucky. Bobby and I just ended up in it. One thing led to another; it wasn't anything that we geniusly did. It just kind of fell - thank God - fell on us. And we were more than thrilled to death to go out and do it."
While Medley is in his sixth decade of performing - and, undoubtedly, has performed his biggest hits thousands of times on stage - he still gets excited about seeing a "brand new" audience at each show.
""The minute you go on stage and you start performing those songs, somehow, someway, you just feel like you're 25 years old again. And so, when I do 'Lovin' Feelin,' or 'Unchained Melody,' or any of them, it's just real fresh to me. Because going on stage, to me, every night is a first date.
In recent years, Medley has taken his daughter, McKenna, with him on the road.
Bill and McKenna performed "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in 2006 on the hit ABC series "Dancing with the Stars." That appearance, coupled with a pop-culture resurgence of everything '80s (including "Dirty Dancing"), has netted Medley yet another new generation of fans.
"The feedback that I've got is they say they've come to hear 'Time of My Life' and they just fell in love with all the other songs," he said.Tickets available on line at paramounthudsonvalley.com or through the boxoffice at 914-739-0039.