Today In Pop Music History (11-28-2015)

A “DIRTY DANCING”
SONG HITS THE TOP


Image result for DIRTY DANCING PHOTOSIn the early 1980’s, a group from New Brunswick, New Jersey called Franke And the Knockouts had a #10 hit with “Sweetheart.” Plus the group with the weird spelling of its leader’s first name also had Top 40 hits with “You’re My Girl” and “Without You (Not Another Lonely Night).”
 
Anyway, Frank Previte teamed up with John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz to write new #1 song of this weekend in 1987…
 
 
 Ironically, when Previte was contacted by his music friend, Jimmy Ienner, he was told to work on a song in spite of another project. Ienner told him, “If you get a song in this movie (“Dirty Dancing”), it’ll change your life.”
 
It did. And it changed the lives of the singers, too. With (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” Bill Medley had his first major hit song in some 13 years while Jennifer Warnes had a second #1 hit with a duet…and with a different duet partner. She’d hit #1 in 1982 with Joe Cocker with “Up Where We Belong.” Oh, and Medley got his third #1. His previous two chart-toppers were duets, too. As in the Righteous Brothers in the 1960’s with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration.”
 
Medley set a record for the longest time gap in between #1’s with 21 years in between “Soul And Inspiration” and “Time Of My Life.” That record, though, would last only about a year as the Beach Boys would beat that record thanks to “Kokomo.” The Beach Boys’ gap was about 22 years….or since they’d hit #1 with “Good Vibrations.”
 
The “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack vinyl LP contained an odd bit of trivia on side 1. Cut #1 was “Time Of My Life,” which went to #1. Cut #2 was “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes, which reached #2. Cut #3 was 
“She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser. Yup, it reached #3. And cut #4 was “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen. Yup, it hit #4. And two of the three “Time Of My Life” writers–Previte and DeNicola–wrote it.
 

TOMORROW:
REMEMBERING THE QUIET BEATLE



 

 

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