SESAC Announces Representation of "Unchained Melody"

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SESAC has announced the representation of "Unchained Melody," one of the most recorded songs of the 20th Century.

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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, and 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.

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Adult Contemporary, Urban, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical, and New Age. SESAC is the performing rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, and London.

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