Friday, March 16, 2012

Unchained . . . melody

Here’s the theme “melody” for the 1955 prison drama Unchained, shot on location at Chino and starring football great Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch and Barbara Hale (Della Street of Perry Mason fame). The version heard here by Les Baxter charted highest of many competing versions at the time; through the years there have been hundreds of cover versions of “Unchained Melody,” notably by Al Hibbler in 1955 and ten years later by the Righteous Brothers. The playlist below includes five of our favorites, including the Wailers’ cover of the Righteous Brothers’ cover.

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