‘Unchained Melody’ is a classic, iconic song and perhaps one of the most recognizable ones ever. Most think that it was first sung by the Righteous Brothers in 1965, but was actually written in 1955 as the theme for a film titled Unchained. The film wasn’t particularly popular and at the time, neither was the song. Of course, that would certainly change, for the song at least. It is estimated that more than 670 artists have recorded versions of the song in several different languages.
What an incredible rendition.
Most will tell you that the Righteous Brothers’ version is their favorite, and for good reason. This was the version that first popularized the song in 1965. Interestingly, ‘Unchained Melody’ was actually a B-side and was never meant to be played on the radio, but when it was played, its popularity could not be stopped.
One of the reasons this version continued to be popular was its release on the soundtrack of Ghost, an incredibly popular film from the 1990s. This is when I first remember hearing the song, and that version has remained my favorite ever since.
Everyone from U2 to LeAnn Rimes, Cyndi Lauper, and even Elvis have released a version of the song, and many lesser-known artists, as well. Yet, few have captured the song as beautifully as Jonathan Jackson, who is best known as a TV actor. I watched his early career on General Hospital and followed it to the television show, Nashville, in which he plays a country singer.
It is clear from this performance that playing a handsome country singer isn’t much of a stretch. In the video, Jonathan performs the beloved song at the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most iconic country music venues of all time.
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