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Songwriter 'Unchained Melody' Died

July 03, 2007 | People
Hy Zaret, the writer of the lyrics for one of the most recorded love songs of all times ‘Unchained Melody’, died at the age of 99. More than 300 artists recorded his most famoust song.

The recording of ‘The Righteous Brothers’ from 1965 is probably the most famous recording, but the first recording is from 10 years before. It was Les Baxter that recorded the song for the first time in 1955.

The most impressive performance however is the version of Elvis during the recording of the CBS Special in 1977. Just weeks before his dead, he proved to the world on the piano that he’s got a very strong voice.

In 1965 the Righteous Brothers hit number four on the Billboard charts with their version of the haunting tune. Zaret saw his most famous song hit number one on the UK charts four separate times with versions from: Jimmy Young (1955); the Righteous Brothers (1990) (the same version recorded in 1965); Robson & Jerome (1995); Gareth Gates (2002).

Picture: Hy Zaret (left) is inducted to the songwriters hall of fame in 1984.
Jerome wrote on July 03, 2007
My condolences, Elvis loved the song very much I think, already from Roy Hamilton's version on. But 99 is a great age..
Ton Bruins wrote on July 03, 2007
I love "Unchained Melody" and so did Elvis..
Herman wrote on July 03, 2007
You're right Ton, and so do I.
everett001 wrote on July 04, 2007
One of the most beautiful; if not THE most beautiful love song ever written. And performed by so many great artist, including our man ELVIS.
ta2k wrote on July 04, 2007
Is the 'report' above from this site or from somewhere else ? I only ask as if it is from someone who is not necessarily 'one of us' then it's nice what they said about The King's version. TCB.
see see rider wrote on July 04, 2007
Rest in peace Mr. Zaret, though you may be gone now, "Unchained Melody" will live on forever through each & everyone who's ever recorded it and those that are still yet to do so.
stanton wrote on July 05, 2007
RIP- one of Elvis´strongest songs.
Mofoca22 wrote on July 27, 2007
oh my love my darling i hunger for your touch yeah we will miss great writing from you hy. miss you very much rest in peace buddy. i cant imagine living to 99