You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on February 6th of 1965 The Righteous Brothers led the US hit parade with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”. According to the RIAA, the song has now been played on US radio stations over 8 million times, more than any other record in history. The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote this song at the request of Phil Spector, who was looking for a hit for an act he had just signed to his Philles label: The Righteous Brothers. Before signing with Spector, the duo had some minor hits on the Moonglow label, including “Little Latin Lupe Lu” (#49) and “My Babe” (#75). Mann and Weil listened to these songs to get a feel for their sound, and decided to write them a ballad. Inspired by “Baby I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops, they came up with this song about a desperate attempt to rekindle a lost love. The song was the first Righteous Brothers release on Philles, and it shot to #1, giving both the duo and the songwriting team of Mann & Weil their first #1 hit. It was Spector’s third #1 as a producer: he had previously hit the top spot with “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by The Teddy Bears and “He’s A Rebel” by The Crystals. The song also reached #1 in the UK.