Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Patrick Swayze: Thinking of You on Valentine's Day

I think of Patrick Swayze as a romantic at heart and of course that came through loud and clear in his movies Dirty Dancing and Ghost. I just know there will be multitudes of fans watching his Dirty Dancing and Ghost movies for Valentine's Day.

And of great significance, I think of how he treasured his wife, Lisa. Remember his vows he recited at his "second wedding"?

As we all know, Dirty Dancing is slated for a re-make movie and continues to play as a stage favorite, and Ghost plays on stage and is slated to be a television show. On the one hand, it is distressing that there are these "imitations" and "re-dos" of these classic works. Yet, on the other hand, one can view it as a testament to the awesome work Patrick Swayze did in the iconic, original movies.

I thank you Patrick Swayze for being such a romantic and touching our hearts in so many ways.

Friday, January 10, 2014

More Dirty Dancing Music Trivia

  1. The original soundtrack of Dirty Dancing was released in 1987—at the same time as the movie. It was #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart for 18 weeks and went multi-platinum.
  2. By 2007, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack had sold more than 42 million copies. It continues to be one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  3. "(I've Had) the Time of My Life" was performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. This performance was the first time they sang together.
  4. "She's Like the Wind" was originally written for (but never used in) the movie Grandview, U.S.A. (1984). The inspiration for the song was Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's wife.
  5. "She's Like the Wind" is only one of many songs written by Patrick Swayze. Other songs include: "Cliff's Edge" (used in Road House), "Brothers" (used in Next of Kin), "Finding My Way Back," and "When You Dance" (both used in One Last Dance).
  6. In 1960, Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs recorded Maurice's song "Stay." The song went to #1 on the national charts and remained there all summer.
  7. "Be My Baby" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1999 and Time has the song on its list of the ALL-TIME 100 songs.
  8. Michael Lloyd was the producer for "Yes," "She's Like the Wind," and "(I've Had) The Time of my Life."
  9. Reportedly, the television show E! True Hollywood Story episode of September 3, 2000 quoted Franke Previte as saying that, before a single from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack had even been released, there were a million albums on backorder with RCA.