Think about some of the biggest, most successful songs in the world, and amongst the many hits that spring to mind, one that pops into your head will be Unchained Melody. The song has been covered multiple times, appeared in a beloved ‘90s movie, and is guaranteed to crop up during karaoke sessions.

But what do you know about Unchained Melody? And more importantly, where does it get its name? For all the details and more, keep reading!

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Where does Unchained Melody get its name?

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Unchained Melody was written by American composer, Alex North, with lyrics by American lyricist and composer Hy Zaret. The song first appeared in the 1955 prison movie, Unchained, which in turn was based on the book, Prisoners are People, by Kenyon J. Scudder.

Unchained Melody was written and composed specifically for use in Unchained, to become the film’s theme song. The reason the song is called Unchained Melody is because the song is the main melody to Unchained.

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Who was the first artist to perform Unchained Melody?

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Unchained Melody was originally performed by Todd Duncan – making him the first in a long line of artists to record the song. Todd Duncan was an American baritone opera singer and actor, who appeared in Unchained and recorded the song for the movie’s soundtrack.

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What is the best version of Unchained Melody?

There have been countless recordings of Unchained Melody over the years – in fact, it is one of the most recorded songs in the world. As such, it is pretty difficult to zero in on ‘the best’ version of the song – it all comes down to personal preference.

However, arguably the most famous version of Unchained Melody is the one recorded by the Righteous Brothers. The group first recorded the song in 1965, making it a hit in the ‘60s, then achieved further success in 1990 when the track was re-released.

The reason for the re-release was because the Righteous Brothers version of Unchained Melody appeared on the soundtrack to the romantic thriller, Ghost. The song played a significant role in the movie, became a popular request on the radio, and in turn this prompted a re-release which topped the charts around the world.

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I hope this information about Unchained Melody has proved useful (and reminded you what a great song it is). Maybe give it another listen today – and while you’re doing that, be sure to check out the recommended reads below.

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