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THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS PROVIDE SOUL & INSPIRATION AT LAST NIGHT'S CORAL SPRINGS PERFORMANCE...

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS PERFORMED LAST NIGHT TO A SOLD-OUT CROWD IN CORAL SPRINGS FLORIDA



BUCKY HEARD & BILL MEDLEY / PHOTO BY CHRIS SCHMITT

Last night, the Coral Springs Center For The Performing Arts hosted one of the most popular musical duos of the sixties and beyond. The venue was packed and only a few single seats were available. This is a great venue for this particular show because the age demographic for this area fit well with the age of the performers. The duo that I am referring to is of course, The Righteous Brothers.





Today, the Righteous Brothers are Bill Medley and Bucky Heard, who began filling in for the late Bobby Hatfield in 2016. Heard is a perfect choice for the job. Although Hatfield could never be replaced, Heard has a stellar vocal range that blew me away every time he opened his mouth..

The camaraderie displayed between both Heard and Bill Medley are magical and very comical. Their dialog between songs are very genuine and unrehearsed. You can easily see that these two have a very special friendship.





The Righteous Brothers performed most of their popular catalog that included the songs (You’re My) Soul & Inspiration, Rock And Roll Heaven, Lupe Lu, etc. The standout performances of the night were Unchained Melody, Time of My Life, and the closing number You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. For Unchained Melody, Medley sang alone with a slightly different arrangement. It was a beautiful tribute to the late Bobby Hatfield that included a slide presentation on the big screen behind the stage. (I’ve Had The) Time Of My Life was a great surprise. Medley sang this favorite tune with his beautiful daughter McKenna Medley. It was so great to see and hear these two perform together. Very Magical.





Heard’s vocals are somewhere from another world. I had no idea he could hit those high-pitched notes the way he did. He surprised the audience with a rendition of the Italian opera song Nussun Dorma. His version was beyond amazing but was even more amazing was the fact that he performed it in Italian.



The bottom line is that if you want to see one of the best concerts on the road today, you owe it to yourself to attend a Righteous Brothers show near you.

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