Aug. 10, 1940-Nov. 5, 2003
Bobby Hatfield was the tenor half (Bill Medley was the baritone half) of the 60's duo The Righteous Brothers. The Righteous Brothers had a string of hits until their break-up in 1968. They reunited for another hit in 1974 titled (ironically) Rock and Roll Heaven.
Bill and Bobby teamed up again and were on the road doing the oldies circuit when Bobby was found dead in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Death was initially reported as a heart attack, but the official coroner's report revealed that Bobby died of Acute Cocaine Toxicity. Folks, to still be doing blow at age 63 is not a recipe for longevity.
I was lucky enough to watch The Righteous Brothers from backstage at a show in Columbus, Ohio in 1967. Talented guys. Good live act.
Bobby had an amazing tenor voice.
Ladies and Gentlemen....
Mr. Bobby Hatfied