“The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brothers’ Memoir”
Bill Medley with Mike Marino
Da Capo Press, $26.99
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” “Unchained Melody.” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” These classic tracks by the Righteous Brothers burst with the kind of passion that’s made them romantic standards since their release close to half a century ago.
As Bill Medley, one of half of the singing duo, writes in his autobiography (his partner, Bobby Hatfield, died in 2003), male fans still jokingly tell him how often they “got laid” while listening to the Righteous Brothers’ music.
But one wishes for more signs of that passion in his book. In a life with its share of ups and downs, there’s enough drama to craft a compelling narrative.
Instead, Medley remains firmly focused on the positive. So even when he admits his relationship with Hatfield was troubled, he quickly hastens to add “but I loved who he was down deep inside,” neatly sweeping any unpleasant stuff under the carpet.
“Hate is just not in my DNA,” he admits elsewhere.
It’s a great attitude to have in life. But Medley’s continual litany of how wonderful most people he knows are makes the story decidedly bland.