"Dirty Dancing" is one of the most successful movie soundtracks of every time — and Patrick Swayze"s "She"s prefer the Wind" nearly wasn"t part of it. The late movie star originally wrote the track with his girlfriend Stacy Widelitz for an additional movie he was starring in: 1984"s "Grandview, U.S.A." Luckily because that them, it didn"t do the cut.

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In one interview with Bart Herbison that Nashville Songwriters combination International, Widelitz recalled "Wind"s" journey to "Dirty Dancing," and the cultural phenomenon the followed.


Take us ago to 1984 and tell this story.

(Swayze and also I) came to be friends in his acting class and also discovered that we lived right around the block from every other. For this reason we ended up being fast friends and also started hanging out together. He was a really musical guy, and also we had actually talks around music. He was doing a movie dubbed "Grandview, U.S.A." v Jamie Lee Curtis and also C. Thomas Howell. He called me up because he knew i was writing music for TV at the time. The said, "I have actually this idea because that a song. I"ve been kicking it roughly for a while, and also I can"t get almost everywhere with it, and they"re in search of songs for "Grandview." perform you desire to work on it v me?" i said, "Yeah, sure. Come on over."

So he came over v his guitar, and I to be at the piano at my apartment. He started playing the same chords over and over: C to E-minor, C to E-minor, and also he had these opened lines that ns liked, which were: "She"s favor the wind through my tree/ She rides the night beside me." I uncovered (that) intriguing. Then the 3rd and fourth lines ns didn"t like. He said, "Well, what perform you hear?" and also I just blurted out, "She leads me v moonlight / only to burn me through the sun." he said, "What does the mean?" ns said, "I don"t care. Let"s just write the down and also move on native here."

I said, "It"s gained to walk somewhere musically," for this reason we worked out some various chord changes, and over the course of 2 or three days we hashed out the tune ... Anyway, ultimately it was not provided in "Grandview, U.S.A."

Aren"t friend glad? ... There space three movies, "Urban Cowboy," "Saturday Night Fever" or "Dirty Dancing," the you desire to acquire a tune in.

Right, or "Flashdance." Yeah, it"s true. It was unexpected.

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Had girlfriend forgotten about it?

Pretty much. It to be off my radar. Us knew the it to be there, yet it was 2 years later that I had actually met, v Patrick, the writer the this script referred to as "Dirty Dancing," and also I met the choreographer. We were all talking around music, and also they said, "Well, we"re looking for songs." we were trying to create something specifically for it and also didn"t really come up with anything. And also then Patrick referred to as me from phibìc Carolina, whereby they were shooting the film in "86, and also said "I play the demo that "She"s like the Wind" for the producer of "Dirty Dancing," and also they really prefer it, and also they want to usage it."

We taped the last version that the song with Michael Lloyd producing it, and he was the only one. Ns remember the morning of the recording session ... The walked as much as me and also said, "Do you recognize what we"re act today?" and also I said, "Yeah, we"re recording "She"s favor the Wind." " he said, "No! We space recording a major hit song." ns said, "Call my mother and also let her know because she won"t think it, either."

After it to be recorded, the movie was shot, and it still didn"t come out for nearly another year. Then it was really off mine radar ... Then the movie come out and also it debuted in ~ No. 4 at the box office, but the following week, it started going up. And also they exit "Time of my Life," the very first single native the soundtrack, and also that shot to No. 1 in a issue of weeks. All of a sudden, the floor was starting to shift under every one of us. I remember Michael Lloyd referred to as me and also said, "Hey, you"re acquiring a yellow record." ... A couple of main later, I called him and said, "Do you understand when I gain the yellow record?" that said, "You"re not gaining a gold record. Now you"re getting a platinum one." It simply took off, and also he even said, "We"re speak a phenomenon."

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In partnership with Nashville Songwriters association International, every week we will release a video interview through a songwriter around his or she work. See the full interview v Stacy Widelitz in ~ www.aufdercouch.net/music in addition to past installments.