SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The Righteous Brothers, widely considered one of the greatest duos in music history, will be joined by Gary Puckett and The Union Gap for a special night of definitive classic hits at “The Legends of Blue-Eyed Soul and Rock ‘N’ Roll” concert Saturday, April 28, at the historic California Theater of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.
Today’s Righteous Brothers are headed by co-founder Bill Medley and Bucky Heard, who replaced founding co-member Bobby Hatfield, who died in 2003. On tour away from their regular schedule at Harrah’s Las Vegas, the group returns to Southern California, where Medley and Hatfield originally formed The Paramours in Orange County in 1962. That pairing became the Righteous Brothers in 1964 and led to performances opening for both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on their first U.S. tours, as well as a contract with legendary music producer Phil Spector.
It was Spector who coined the term “blue eyed soul” in describing the Righteous Brothers’ soulful style. As the only white vocal group recording on Spector’s label, the Righteous Brothers’ unmistakable sound was distinct from any of his other artists. Gary Puckett and The Union Gap brought a similar depth and emotion to the music scene later in the 1960s.
The blockbuster concert is presented by Affordable Music Productions. Tickets are currently available by calling 1-888-718-4253 or online at www.affordablemusicproductions.com. There are no service fees for tickets. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Both groups parlayed their style to skyrocket up the Billboard charts during the 1960s and ’70s. The Righteous Brothers’ signature hit, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” remains the most-played song in radio history. With a string of No. 1 classics, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers topped the charts over four decades with “Soul and Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven” and Medley’s Grammy-winning “Dirty Dancing” theme song, “The Time of My Life,” which he recorded with Jennifer Warnes. Medley remains one of the most iconic figures in American music history, while Hatfield’s successor, Heard, is a distinctly popular and versatile performer in his own right.
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap earned six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act, including The Beatles. Puckett also is one of the few artists whose first five recordings achieved gold status. The group’s first hit single, “Woman Woman,” was followed by gold records in “Young Girl,” “Lady Willpower” “Over You,” “Don’t Give in to Him” and “This Girl is a Woman Now.” One of those songs, “Young Girl,” reached the top of the UK charts twice – originally in 1968 and again when it was re-released six years later.
The California Theater of the Performing Arts is located at 562 W. 4th St. in San Bernardino. For more information, contact Don Goethals at (951) 317-2155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.