“You can go straight to the fucking bank.” – Phil Spector

“Written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector and Cynthia Weil, [You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'] is one of the foremost examples of producer Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” technique. Recorded in Studio A of the famed Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, it features ‘The Wrecking Crew’ instrumentally and lead vocals by [The Righteous Brothers'] Bill Medley. Bobby Hatfield [the other Brother] reportedly expressed his annoyance to Spector upon learning that he would have to wait until the chorus before joining Medley’s vocals. When Hatfield asked Spector just what he was supposed to do during Medley’s solo, Spector replied: “You can go straight to the fucking bank.” [Hatfield got some of his own back later on when he soloed on Unchained Melody] Among the background singers in YLTLFs crescendo is Cher.” Wikipedia

According to BMI, as of 1999, YLTLF held the title of the Number 1 Song of the Century, racking up more radio and TV airtime – more than eight million plays – than any other tune. By ’99, the second, third and fourth place songs had all attained more than 7 million airplays. They were: “Never My Love,” written by Donald and Richard Addrisi; “Yesterday” by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney; and “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

~ by The 1955 Hudson on September 22, 2010.

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