The Talented Clay Aiken

In the last few days, Clay Aiken has posted a bit.

On Saturday night, he posted a video on his Facebook page.  Then, on Tuesday, he tweeted about his friend Meghan McCain!

I always try to retweet Clay as it is a way to let him know I want to read more messages from him!

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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.

(AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

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.

Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

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.

 The following is a YouTube of Clay singing Unchained Melody

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Comments

  1. When I watched Clay sing "Unchained Melody" on the PBS special, it gave me goosebumps all over! I literally cried on how beautiful this performance was! Thank you, CANN for posting

  2. I was one of the lucky people in the audience that magical night. Clay brought the house down with that song.

  3. wow Shirley t that must have been amazing for you wow Emily I bet clay brought the house down thanks cann for poasting

  4. I was lucky to be in the audience the night of OMG. Never would have guessed that I would be the one to have my name mentioned as he strolled through the audience. And then there he was holding my hand (and me shaking so badly), he escorted me to a mid-center down front (almost…(someone was actually sitting in the seat reserved for me). I sat in the 2nd or 3rd row seat (can't remember) and it was the highlight of my life on the road with Clay.

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