The Talented Clay Aiken

In the last few months, Clay Aiken has posted a bit more than usual.

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


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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6 thoughts on “The Talented Clay Aiken

  1. So much has been said about this Clay event that I am not sure what to say except that I was blessed to be able to be there. The whole evening was fabulous! The video said it all – Clay just took your breath away with “Unchained Melody”!

  2. Thank you for all the pictures and the video. The pictures and the video are great. What can I say, but WOW , A beautiful voice. Thank you CANN.

  3. Thanks for the video of Clay’s concert in Raleigh. Brings back wonderful memories of driving down there so long ago to watch OMC move us with his beautiful voice singing this special song in such a lovely setting.

  4. My computer fell apart. After a couple of days trying to fix it, it didn’t so I have a new computer. My son (adult) and I are trying to put it all together. I really hope I get back to my favorite friends!!

    • I was thinking it was my computer, since I have moved, but I have the same e-mail address. Thank you for letting us know.

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