On March 12, 2010, Clay Aiken stood on the stage of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and sang one of the most popular songs in history. Unchained Melody is thought to be the most recorded song written in the 20th century. There are approximately 500 different versions of this song.
In 1955, Hy Zaret wrote the beautiful lyrics and put them to the music created by Alex North. Unchained melody was originally written for the 1955 movie, Unchained. Todd Duncan sang the song.
In 1965, The Righteous Brothers created a new version of Unchained Melody. It hit the number four spot on the music charts and continued on the charts for 12 weeks. Their version of the song was used in the 1990 film, Ghost. After the movie, Unchained Melody was once again in the number one spot on the charts.
The song was also used in the film, Soldier, a military drama. Two actors from the film sang a simple rendition of the song. No one really thought much about it until the television station that broadcast the movie received countless calls from viewers who wanted to buy the version by the actors. It was Simon Cowell of American Idol fame who convinced the actors to record the song. And their recording hit platinum status within its first week in 1995.
In 2010, the talented Ben Cohn wrote a beautiful arrangement of Unchained Melody for Clay Aiken. The lush orchestration highlighted the strengths of Clay’s voice. Many feel that this production of the song is one of the best around.
No one can sing Unchained Melody better than Clay Aiken who has loved the song since he was a young child. His passionate rendition will be around a long time. Clay now “owns” Unchained Melody.
This wonderful performance should be shared on Twitter, Facebook and many different blogs.
The following is a YouTube of Clay singing Unchained Melody from the stage of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. You might want to turn up the volume!
Thank you to Clay Aiken for this beautiful performance!
You are a true musician!
As I was watching the performance of Clay singing "Unchained Melody", I was mesmerized by the power of his voice (OMG)! Ben Cohn is a genius with this arrangement BRAVO! Thank you, CANN for sharing! What a wonderful song for Valentine's Day!
What a powerful performance! How sad that voice of all times is stilled……..
Thanks so much for the walk down memory lane.
as I was waching this performance I was amazed and also mesmerized at the power of clays voice oh my lord ben cohn you are trueley a genius with this arangment and I also say bravo and thanks cann for your kind shareing and may I also say what a wonderfull song for valentines day
I've watched this video numerous times but never noticed until now that Ben stood and applauded Clay along with the rest of us. Being there was definitely a moment in time.S
Oh! What a night – I was there and there are no words to describe that night!
I think it might have been the first time Clay actually stood there and accepted all of the applause that he so deserved. OMG worked for what we all felt. It was that good! So blessed to have been there.
I was there and that performance was truly beautiful. What a wonderful evening.