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

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on December 11th of 1965 The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” is released. It will become their first Billboard Top 40 hit and reach #1 the following February. 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. Phil Spector produced this song using his famous “Wall of Sound” recording technique. Spector got a songwriting credit on the track, as he usually demanded one around this time and had the clout to get it. Cynthia Weil has said that Spector never really wrote, but instead “inspired” songs.The opening line, “You never close your eyes any more when I kiss your lips,” was inspired by the Paris Sisters song “I Love How You Love Me,” which begins, “I love how your eyes close whenever you kiss me.” According to Spector, The Righteous Brothers didn’t even want to record the song, as they fancied themselves more in the realm of rock and doo-wop. The song was a worldwide hit reaching #1 in both the US and the UK.