“Just Once In My Life” Performed By The Righteous Brothers (1965)

March 22, 2010

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#26 R&B Single, #9 Pop Single

When Phil Spector released the first smash hit on the Righteous Brothers, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” in 1964,  that was when the term  “blue-eyed soul” was first used. These men were the originators!

This is the duo’s first hit single from their first album, titled  “Just Once In My Life,” that was released as the followup to “YLTLF” and it is surely a worthy one — even with the usual Spector overproduction values.

I wonder what the tune would sound like with some of the “wall of sound” effects removed?

When I purchased and first listened to The Beatles “Let It Be” stripped down to the basics I loved it!  I believe it was Paul McCartney that said, at the time,  that this stripped down version was how it was meant to be before Spector got to it to produce it.

With such an iconic song, composed by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Phil Spector, I am sure that a  stripped down version would sound even better than the original, letting the melody and the fabulous vocals take front and center stage.

What do you think?  Here’s the Demo version being sung by Carole King.


I remember that the duo were one of my favorite frequent guest performers on “Shindig.” I usually am a big fan male tenor voices, but when ever I saw and heard Bill Medley sing I would swoon as a pre-teen listening to his booming baritone! And I betcha I am not the only female Boomer that did so.   ;-)

Check out this vintage live performance of the duo performing this classic hit on YouTube.



Musically Yours,

Update 7/21/11:  Today another YouTube video bites dust.  I am replacing the loss of the vintage Righteous Brothers performance with an awesome audio of Carole King performing the Demo of  “For Once In My Life. The acoustic version rocks … just as I suspected it would!  Enjoy the music.

Update 8/27/11

I found a replacement Video for the Brothers singing “FOIML” live on Shindig. Just clink the YouTube link above.

The Carole King Demo link is “What do you think? above.

Update 2/2/2012

The Carol King Demo Video has been removed by the YouTube user. Oh well .. guess they decided music isn’t always for sharing. My apologies to OSML readers.


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