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This week in 2002

1 Unchained Melody Gareth Gates 2 I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman Brit­ney Spears 3 When­ever, Wher­ever Shakira 4 Me Julie Ali G and Shaggy 5 How You Re­mind Me Nick­el­back 6 4 My People Missy 'Mis­de­meanor' El­liott 7 It's Go­ing Down X-ecu­tion­ers Feat. Mike Shin­oda 8 Any­thing Is Pos­si­ble/Ever­green Will Young 9 Tainted Love Mar­i­lyn Man­son 10 Fly By II Blue

‘Oh, my love, my dar­ling I've hun­gered, hun­gered for your touch’

UNCHAINED MELODY

‘ Unchained Melody' is one of the most recorded songs in his­tory, with ver­sions by up­wards of 700 record­ing artists. Gareth Gates (pic­tured) scored num­ber one with his ver­sion af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Will Young in the first UK se­ries of Pop Idol. In do­ing so, the 17year-old was the youngest ever Bri­tish male artist to top the charts. ' Unchained Melody' is the only song to make UK num­ber one in four dif­fer­ent ver­sions - Jimmy Young, The Right­eous Broth­ers, Rob­son and Jerome and Gates (in Ire­land only Gates and The Right­eous Broth­ers reached No. 1 with the song). The Right­eous Broth­ers - Bobby Hat­field and Bill Med­ley - recorded the best-known ver­sion of ' Unchained Melody' in 1965, with Phil Spec­tor earn­ing pro­duc­tion cred­its. The re­lease failed to make the UK top ten at the time but did top the charts 25 years later when reis­sued af­ter fea­tur­ing in hit movie 'Ghost'. 'Unchained Melody' was writ­ten in 1955 by Alex North and lyri­cist Hy Zaret. Un­usu­ally, for the era, the song does not in­clude the word 'unchained'. North had been hired to score an ob­scure prison film called 'Unchained' and called his theme song 'unchained melody'. He then asked old army buddy Zaret to add lyrics and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

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