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The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley still has that lovin’ feeling

The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley reveals what keeps him singing after all these years, and shares his thoughts on performing with his daughter McKenna Medley during his upcoming Singapore gig.

SINGAPORE: Since their debut in 1962, US music duo The Righteous Brothers has released countless hits like “Just Once in My Life” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, which was featured in the 80s hit film “Top Gun”.

Decades later, The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley continues to perform their hits in front of audiences around the world, following the death of his music partner Bobby Hatfield from a drug overdose in 2003.

And he’ll be performing for the first time in Singapore on May 10 and 11 at The Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, as part of a special double bill concert with vocal group The Platters.

“It took a long time to get there (Singapore) because in the 60s… we had so much work to do that we never got out of the United States.

“It’s the thing that Bobby and I regretted the most - not getting out to all these other countries that loved The Righteous Brothers’ music,” said Medley.

Although he has been in showbiz for so long, Medley said he still hasn’t “lost that lovin’ feeling” for singing and said he wants to keep performing as long as he has an audience.

“You never get tired of singing. The thing that keeps it (his love for singing) alive and well is the audience. The audience react when you start the song like they are 25-year-olds [again]. They are reliving all those moments and so do you.

“If I had to sing all those songs in the shower every night, I’d probably hang myself. The audience just makes it new every night,” said the 73-year-old veteran singer, whose music has entertained generations of music-lovers.

“I just hope to go out and keep performing - until they come and get a shotgun and tell me to get off stage.”

Medley will be belting out all the hits of The Righteous Brothers during his upcoming Singapore gig, with a little help his daughter McKenna.

She will be performing “(I've Had) The Time of My Life”, from the movie “Dirty Dancing” with him, along with a few other numbers at the show.

Interestingly, McKenna was the reason Medley had to initially turn down the chance to sing the hit song 27 years ago.

“They wanted me to go from California to New York (to record the song), and I couldn’t do it because I promised my wife that I’d be there for the birth of my child,” explained Medley, who eventually recorded the song with Jennifer Warnes after his daughter was born.

While he didn’t want to thrust his daughter into the limelight and push her into show business, Medley said she seemed to love music, so he decided to support her decision to become a singer.

Today, she has her own gigs but still works with him on virtually all his shows.

“To have your daughter in the room, it’s a blessing. I just love having her around,” said the proud father.

"You can’t beat working with your children, especially if they are as good as McKenna."

The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and The Platters will perform on May 10 and 11, 7.30pm at The Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands.

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