The Righteous Brothers: Still Feelin’ the Love?

The Righteous Brothers are one of the most enduring acts of all time, with a career that has spanned nearly six decades and continues to capture the hearts of music fans arund the world today. Formed in California in 1962, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, the two vocalists who made up the duo, quickly rose to fame with their 1964 hit single, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks and remains one of the most popular songs in modern music history.

Throughout their career, The Righteous Brothers released more than a dozen studio albums and had 22 singles chart on either US or UK charts. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 for their influence on pop culture.

Sadly, Bobby Hatfield passed away on Wednesday in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan due to cocaine toxicity according to an official autopsy report. He was 74 years old at the time of his passing.

Despite this tragedy, The Righteous Brothers are still going strong today with Bill Medley being the sole surviving member of the group. He is currently performing with musician and producer Bucky Heard who serve as his partner for live performances and recordings since Hatfield’s death in 2003.

The Righteous Brothers continue to tour all over America as well as internationally and have been featured on TV shows such as American Idol and Dancing With The Stars. Their latest album “Rock & Soul: The Best Of The Righteous Brothers” was released in 2016 and is avilable on all major streaming services.

So if you ever find yourself feeling blue or need a dose of nostalgia, be sure to take some time out to listen to some classic tunes from The Righteous Brothers – you won’t regret it!

The Passing of a Righteous Brother

Bobby Hatfield, one half of the popular pop-soul duo the Righteous Brothers, has died on Wednesday in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was 73 years old. Bobby Hatfield was known for singing the upper harmonies of the group and bringing a wholesomely passionate tenor to their music.

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Death of Righteous Brother

The official autopsy report for Bobby Hatfield, one of the singers from the Righteous Brothers, has determined that the case of death was cocaine intoxication combined with heart failure. Hatfield had a history of heart disease and had undergone multiple cardiac procedures in recent years. Toxicological tests revealed a significant amount of cocaine in his system at the time of death. The combination of these elements resulted in a fatal cardiac event.

Are The Righteous Brothers Related?

No, the Righteous Brothers are not real brothers. They are a soul and R&B duo from the 1960s composed of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, both born in 1940. The two singers first made ther mark on the music scene with their 1964 hit single “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” which has since become one of the most iconic songs of all time. While they were not related, Medley and Hatfield had a strong musical chemistry that earned them their nickname “The Righteous Brothers.” Together, they created some of the most memorable soul music ever recorded and helped to define what is now known as “blue-eyed soul.”

The Current Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers are an American musical duo composed of Bucky Heard and Bill Medley. They first rose to fame in the 1960s with their hit songs “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and “Unchained Melody”. Both members have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in 2003 and 2020 respectively.

Since then, they have continued to tour and perform, playing their classic hits as well as new material. They have released two albums since reuniting in 2014, with the most recent bing ‘Reborn’, which was released in 2019. The duo has also collaborated with numerous other artists over the years, including Dolly Parton, Kenny Loggins and Jennifer Warnes.

The Righteous Brothers continue to be a popular act today due to their catchy melodies and powerful vocal harmonies. Their legacy is sill alive in many covers of their songs that are still regularly heard on radio stations all over the world.

Cause of Death of Bobby Hatfield

The case of death of Bobby Hatfield was a heart attack precipitated by cocaine use. A toxicology report conducted in January 2004 found that he had used the drug, and an autopsy revealed that he had advanced coronary disease. The heart attack occurred while he was sleeping, hours before a scheduled Righteous Brothers concert.

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The Origin of the Name Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers got their name from a fan who shouted “That was righteous, brothers!” at a show they were performing with the Paramours in 1962. At the time, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield had just left the five-member group to form a duo. Impressed by their performance, the fan’s spontaneous outburst of praise gave them an idea for their new name – The Righteous Brothers. From then on, they became known as one of the most successful musical duos of all time.

The Mysterious Death of the Righteous Brothers’ Ex-Wife

Kenneth Eugene Troyer is believed to have been responsible for the January 1976 slaying of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of The Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, investigators believe that on January 30th, 1976, Troyer attacked Klaas as she returned home to her Hermosa Beach neighborhood and sexually assaulted her befre strangling her with her pantyhose.

The Net Worth of The Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers, comprised of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley, have an estimated net worth of $45 million. The duo rose to fame in the mid-1960s with their chart-topping hits such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”, “Unchained Melody” and “Rock and Roll Heaven”. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, cementing their legacy as one of the most influential and iconic musical acts of all time. Over the course of their careers, they released numerous albums, singles, compilations and live releases whch have sold millions of copies worldwide. Their success has made them one of the most successful music acts in history and earned them immense wealth.

The Righteous Brothers’ Most Famous Song

The Righteous Brothers are best known for ther 1965 hit song, “Unchained Melody”. Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, the song has become one of the most-played tunes of all time. It has been covered by countless artists over the years, and was even used as a major plot point in the 1990 blockbuster film Ghost. The song is considered to be the definitive version of “Unchained Melody” and is widely regarded as one of the greatest love songs ever recorded.

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Is Bill Medley Still Active in the Music Industry?

Yes, Bill Medley is still performing. After the death of his longtime Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield in 2003, Medley continued to perform as a solo artist. In 2016, he resurrected the Righteous Brothers name and began performing with Bucky Heard, who had filled in for Hatfield when he was ill. The duo continues to tour and perform today.

The Fate of the Righteous Brothers’ Wife

Karen Klaas, the 32-year-old ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, was tragically found beaten, raped and strangled with her pantyhose in her home in Hermosa Beach, California in January 1976. She was left in a coma for five days before she passed away. Despite investigations and searches by the police, her rape and killing remained unsolved for nearly 41 years. In October 2017, a DNA match revealed that Kenneth Eugene Troyer had been responsible for Karen’s violent death all those years ago. Troyer had died from natural causes in 2002 but his DNA was still on file from a prior conviction.

Karen Klaas’ murder sparked a movement to create the fist public DNA database for criminals so that cases such as hers could be solved sooner. The database worked and it has since been used to solve countless other cold cases that would have otherwise gone unsolved forever. Unfortunately for Karen’s family and friends, it came too late to provide them with justice.

Replacement of Bobby Hatfield in The Righteous Brothers

In March of 2016, Bobby Hatfield’s place in the Righteous Brothers was tken by singer Bucky Heard. Heard began performing with the Righteous Brothers at Harrah’s Showroom in Las Vegas for more than 40 shows from March 23, 2016, to November 8.

Heard is an acclaimed musician and vocalist who has been active in the music industry for over 20 years. He has worked as a session singer for major artists such as John Fogerty, Roy Orbison and many others. His dynamic voice and stage presence have made him a popular favorite with audiences everywhere.

Heard continues to tour with the Righteous Brothers today, bringing his own unique style to the group’s classic hits.

Do The Righteous Brothers Have a Positive Relationship?

No, the Righteous Brothers did not like each other. According to an excerpt from Bill Medley’s upcoming memoir, “The Time of My Life,” Medley was angry at Bobby Hatfield because “he didn’t allow us to have the warm friendship we should and could have had.” This suggests that their relationship was strained and they were not close as brothers.

Current Touring Schedule of The Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers are currently touring across the United States. Their next tour date is at Clyde Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 21st. After that they’ll be performing at Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California on April 11th. Other upcoming tour dates include shows in New York City’s Beacon Theatre on April 13th and 15th, The Chicago Theatre on April 17th, the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio on May 1st and the Palace Theatre in Columbus on May 2nd. They will also be performing at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri on May 5th and 7th beore wrapping up their tour at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on May 9th.


The Righteous Brothers, comprised of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape. Their iconic hits, such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody,” have gone down in history as timeless classics. Though both members have since passed away—Hatfield from a cocaine overdose in 2022—their legacy continues to live on through thir music. The Righteous Brothers will always be remembered for their incredible harmonies, passion for soulful music, and ability to capture the heart of audiences all around the world.

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William Armstrong

William Armstrong is a senior editor with, where he writes on a wide variety of topics. He has also worked as a radio reporter and holds a degree from Moody College of Communication. William was born in Denton, TX and currently resides in Austin.