Dirty Dancing Composers Podcast: Creating Iconic Music

Dirty Dancing
From left to right: John DeNicola, Jennifer Grey, Don Markowitz, Patrick Swayze, Franke Previte

The Dirty Dancing movie starring Patrick Swayze came out in 1987. Its soundtrack spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart and 230 weeks in the Top 30. With an astonishing 55 million in sales worldwide, the Dirty Dancing original soundtrack is one of the greatest selling soundtracks of all time.

This podcast features the composers of the movie’s iconic songs John DeNicola, Franke Previte, and Stacy Widelitz. You will be inspired by their work and careers.

JohnJohn DeNicola  is an Academy & Golden Globe Award winning singer/songwriter co-wrote the 2 iconic songs  “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” + “Hungry Eyes”. In the last few years John has released 2 solo albums. He also discovered MAROON 5, a pop rock band whose lead vocalist is Adam Levine.

Franke is also an Academy & Golden Globe Award winning singer/songwriter who co-wrote the 2 iconic songs  “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes”. Franke also had hits with Franke & The Knockouts …and co-wrote songs with Cyndi Lauper, Fleetwood Mac & many others who are well known in the music industry.

StacyStacy Widelitz is a multi-platinum songwriter and photographer who co-wrote “She’s Like The Wind”  with his late friend Patrick Swayze, the star of Dirty Dancing.  The award-winning song has played on US radio 4 million times. Stacy has also scored features, made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, and was nominated for an Emmy for ABC’s World of Discovery.

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