Written by: Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Produced by: Spector
Released: Dec. '64 on Philles
Charts: 16 weeks
Top spot: No. 1
Spector was conducting the musicians for a Ronettes show in San Francisco when he decided to sign the Righteous Brothers, who were on the bill. He then asked Mann and Weil to come up with a hit for them. Bill Medley's impossibly deep intro was the first thing that grabbed listeners. "When Phil played it for me over the phone," Mann recalled, "I said, 'Phil, you have it on the wrong speed!' " Bobby Hatfield was also puzzled by his partner's opening solo: "What do I do while he's singing the entire first verse?" he asked Spector, who answered, "You can go directly to the bank."
Appears on: Anthology 1962-1974 (Rhino)