UNCHAINED MELODY

UNCHAINED MELODY

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"William Stirrat, aka Hy Zaret, was 16 when he wrote the lyrics about Mary Louise "Cookie" Pierce (prettiest girl he ever saw but never spoke too on account of shyness.) Alex North wrote the music to 'Unchained Melody.' Ask anyone over the age of, say, 30, if they remember the song 'Unchained Melody' and they will likely begin to sing you the lyrics "Oh, my love, my darling / I've hungered for your touch / A long, lonely time."
The young lyricist who wrote those words waited a long time (19 years,) to hear it performed in public, but when the song finally hit the charts in 1955, it went straight to the top and has been there on and off for almost 50 years."
-Linda DeNicola
Staff writer to the News Transcript
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Interesting facts regarding this song:
1) The word "Unchained" is never used in the lyrics. It was named for the little known prison film "Unchained" in which it was first featured.
2) Several versions exist of when, why, and how the song was actually composed.
I favor the version above based on the staff-writer's "one on one" interview with Hy Zaret, and the sense of vulnerability projected throughout the rest of the article (not all recorded here on account of space.)
3) Alex North put the words to extraordinary music and made the words magical.
4) The Righteous Brothers sang the song in 1955 and it became one of the most recorded songs in the 20th century.
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If you've never heard the song, dear Reader, you're in for a treat.
The combination of word, music, and voice is second to none and no one sings it like the Righteous Brothers.
In fact, when I listened to the CD in its entirety, every poetic nerve awoke in me;
All on account of an old CD sitting in a Goodwill shop,
Calling my name on my way out the door.
Glad I picked it up.
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Hmmm ...
We never know when something beautiful might waken and move us;
When a composition of something beautiful, sweet, and good might speak to us and provoke us toward something stirring, good, and tender.
There's something sweetly evoking, dear Reader, about returning to a "simpler" day,
A tender way,
And a loving song.
Each time I listen I drift away:
"Time goes by so slowly ...
And time can do so much."
Give the song a "listen too" and enjoy an old review of a beautiful yesterday,  dear Reader. Slow down, make time ... and listen to the music.