The Righteous Brothers left Phil Spector late in 1965 because of “personal difficulties” with the famous and infamous producer. They went to Verve Records, which was a bit more jazz-oriented, but they worked with husband and wife team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” Mann and Weil had written “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and knew their style very well. The arrangement certainly has a BIG sound, not too different from Spector’s use of the dense “wall of sound” on previous tracks by The Righteous Brothers. Instead of the Wrecking Crew session musicians, they had Art Munson (guitar), Michael Patterson (piano, “Jimmy Bond (bass), Drew Johnson (drums, Bill Baker (sax), and Dick Shearer (trombone). On trumpet were Bill King, Sanford Skinner, and Bob Faust. That’s a lot of brass!
in 1966, the song soared to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada. It was in the Top 20 at #15 on the U.K. Singles Chart. They also featured it on their 1966 album Soul & Inspiration.
The Righteous Brothers were Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley. They formed in Orange County, California, and recorded from 1963 to 197. They continued to tour and perform until Hatfield’s passing in 2003. Both had tremendous vocal power, with Hatfield on the higher parts and Medley on the lower ones.