Unchained Melody waited 10 years to hit the public ears when it shot to fame in 1965 with the version released by The Righteous Brothers. To this day it’s this iconic recording that most people know and love.
In 1990, the song returned to the charts after that recording was used in the box office blockbuster film ‘Ghost’.
- In 1992, it won an award for being the year’s most-performed song.
- In 1999,it was called one of the 25 most-performed songs and musical works of the entire 20th century.
‘Ghost The Musical’ has once again introduced ‘Unchained Melody’ to new audiences around the world, and the song's popularity appears to be growing with each new generation.
The version ‘Senza Catene’ released by Il Divo has placed the song in another genre, that of the classical crossover, giving it even more popular appeal.
The Italian words and orchestration seem to add to the emotional response people have to the song, and families have remarked to me that it has a cathartic effect when sung live at a funeral.
It has become a regular on the top lists of favourite funeral songs, and certainly is one of our favourites too.
Here's a short clip of 'Senza Catene'