The Backstory on Unchained Melody

Scott Westerman
2 min readJun 29, 2022

Inspired by a prison movie. Popularized by the Righteous Brothers and featured in “Ghost,” it’s had over 1500 incarnations.

The Theatrical Poster for Unchained — 1955

Most of us remember “Unchained Melody” as a tune popularized by The Righteous Brothers. Although it first appeared in the on the charts in the mid 1950s, it has had many incarnations in film, popular culture and on the air in the six-plus decades since its composition.