“Unchained Melody” Lyricist Dies at 99

Hy Zaret, who wrote the words to the classic song “Unchained Melody,” died Monday (July 2) at age 99. The Righteous Brothers recorded the best-known version of the song, released in 1965 and again in 1990 after being featured in the movie Ghost. In addition, Elvis Presley reached the country Top 10 with the song in 1978, and LeAnn Rimes reached No. 3 with her rendition of the song in 1997. “Unchained Melody” has been recorded more than 300 times.