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Published: 7/28/2014

SESAC Announces Representation of "Unchained Melody"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – SESAC has announced the representation of “Unchained Melody,” one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with more than 500 versions in hundreds of different languages. The signing comes on the heels of other high profile signings including Mariah Carey, the Kurt Cobain catalog and the renewal of representation of the catalog of blues legend Robert Johnson.

“Unchained Melody” was  written in 1955 by Alex North and Hy Zaret, became a jukebox standard with the 1965 chart-topping version by the Righteous Brothers. In 1990, the single enjoyed a resurgence in popularity when it was featured in the blockbuster film Ghost, starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.

Through the years, “Unchained Melody” has been recorded by the likes of Roy Orbison, Elvis, Lena Horne, Leann Rimes and Cyndi Lauper.