♫ (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life ♫

Who knows why one song or another pops into our heads at any given time?  I can never figure it out, but all of a sudden I will find myself belting out a song that maybe I haven’t thought of in years … no reason, it’s just there.  Yesterday’s song, Unchained Melody, will be a tough act to follow, for I think that may have been the most ‘liked’ song I’ve played.  It seems the seed for a song is planted in my head either when I’m in the shower or rolling smokes.  Odd that.

This was co-written by Franke Previte of Franke And The Knockouts, who hit #10 with Sweetheart in 1981, but by 1986 was without a recording contract. In late 1986 or early 1987, producer and head of Millennium Records, Jimmy Ienner, asked Previte about writing some music for “a little movie called Dirty Dancing”.  Previte initially turned the request down because he was still trying to get a record deal, but Ienner was persistent, and got Previte to write several songs for the film, including Hungry Eyes, later recorded by singer Eric Carmen, which also became a top 10 hit.

Previte wrote the lyrics, and the music was written by John DeNicola and Don Markowitz.

The song was initially intended for Donna Summer and Joe Esposito, but Summer turned it down because she didn’t like the title of the film. Bill Medley was approached by Jimmy Ienner repeatedly over two months to do the recording, but he also turned it down because his daughter McKenna was due to be born, and he had promised his wife he would be there. After the birth of his daughter, Medley was approached again, because Jennifer Warnes had indicated she would record the song if she could do the duet with Medley. Medley then agreed to record the track. With the release of the film it became a worldwide hit, and is one of the most frequently played songs on radio.

The song has won a number of awards, including an Academy Award for “Best Original Song”, a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song”, and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Jennifer Warnes, Bill Medley

Now I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you

‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life
And I owe it all to you

I’ve been waiting for so long
Now I’ve finally found someone to stand by me
We saw the writing on the wall
And we felt this magical fantasy
Now with passion in our eyes
There’s no way we could disguise it secretly
So we take each others hand
‘Cause we seem to understand the urgency

Just remember
You’re the one thing
I can’t get enough of
So I’ll tell you something
This could be love

Because I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you
Hey baby

With my body and soul
I want you more than you’ll ever know
So we’ll just let it go
Don’t be afraid to lose control, no

Yes, I know what’s on your mind when you say
“Stay with me tonight” (stay with me)
And remember
You’re the one thing
I can’t get enough of
So I’ll tell you something
This could be love

Because I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you
‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life
And I’ve searched through every open door (never felt this way)
Till I found the truth
And I owe it all to you

Now I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt this way before (never felt this way)
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you

I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt this way before (never felt this way)
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you
‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life (I had time of my life)
And I’ve searched through every open door (you do it to me, baby)
Till I found the truth (you do it to me, baby)
And I owe it all to you

Songwriters: John De Nicola / Donald Markowitz / Frank Previte
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Worldsong Inc

15 thoughts on “♫ (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life ♫

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  2. I suppose that I could call your choice of today’s song as serendipitous, and mayhaps that would not be entirely wrong. To explain, allow me to tell you about last night or more precisely early this morning. Insomnia & a headache were plaguing me and reading was not going to improve the situation. Wandering into the living room and spying the TV I decided to watch a movie in the hope that sleep would overcome me. Amongst the many stacks of Benjamin’s DVD’s is a very small one that belongs to me. Right on the top was the unopened 30th Anniversary Edition of…wait for it…”Dirty Dancing”! In honesty this should not be considered as coincidence, I had just purchased it at Target on Sunday for three reasons. 1) The original movie was long gone and the replacement DVD was scratched causing the film to repeatedly get stuck. Annoying to watch! 2) The new BLU-RAY + DVD + DIGITAL was just $5 at Target!! A much better buy than Benjamin’s Toy Story 4 DVD that had brought us to that section of the store. 3) I LOVE THIS MOVIE!! Now, I could have just as easily watched “Ghost”, but crying again seemed unlikely to promote sleep and more likely to worsen my headache. I watched the entire movie and then went happily off to bed. The soundtrack from this movie is a wondrous collection, I sang along whilst watching it and I play the CD often. IF, I were to indulge my Propensity for Loquacity, I could go on at great length about the Family Night viewing of the movie in 1987! Fear not, I will attempt to curtail the impulse. Moving on now, imagine my surprise and delight at discovering today’s music post! Another favorite song from the movie is “She’s Like The Wind”. A song, by the way, that Swayze co-wrote in 1984 for an earlier film but was not used until this movie…and Swayze sang the song too! Total aside here, but I read earlier on yesterday’s music post that YOU did not know that Patrick Swayze had died! Good Grief…that was in 2009! Count it, that’s 10 years ago that Pancreatic Cancer claimed his life! Please tell me that you are aware that Bobby Hatfield died in Nov. of 2003! Sadly that was caused by heart failure brought on by his cocaine use. Thankfully, he had lived for The Righteous Brothers induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of that same year. But, I digress! This song is one of, if not the very, best of Bill Medley’s songs without Hatfield. Jennifer Warnes and Medley were absolutely phenomenal together. If you are aware of Hatfield’s death, then you most likely know that The Righteous Brothers ended in 2003…until January 2016 when Medley chose Bucky Heard as his new partner to continue The Righteous Brothers sound. Heard’s high tenor voice was a perfect fit for Hatfield’s part. Over the years I had attended many of the Righteous Brothers concerts and was hesitant to return. In August of 2018 at Woonsocket’s Stadium Theater, I did. And whilst a different face seemed odd, the sound was reminiscent of the old concerts. I was fortunate that Medley’s daughter, McKenna, was also there. McKenna is a singer/songwriter too. Bill and McKenna sang “The Time of My Life” and whilst it too was different, it was heartwarming! Thank-you! P.S. Only happy moments are connected to this song!

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    • Now THAT is definitely serendipitous, that you would just randomly have chose that particular movie to watch! I told you we have a bond! There’s a Toy Story 4??? Who knew? I thought one was just about enough. Now you know you have piqued my curiosity, and I am now dying to know about the family night viewing in 1987!!! How on earth do you remember all these things, and the dates? Now about me not knowing about Swayze’s death, which I sense astounds you … I keep telling you, I am a throwback when it comes to pop culture. I hear a song, I either like it or I don’t. Half the time, i couldn’t even tell you who sings it, let alone whether they are still alive or pushing up daisies. Um … about Bobby Hatfield … no, I didn’t know he was dead either. Sigh. I count on you to tell me these things, and see … you let the ball drop! 😉 Ah, I should have read your comment before I responded to David’s, and it would have saved me looking into what Bill Medley has been doing of late, and Bobby Heard, etc. I’m glad this one brought you only happy memories, my friend. Hugs!

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      • Oh, my stars! I will not tell Benjamin that you said that!! We now have all 4 of the Toy Story movies and two short ones : Toy Story Tale of Terror and Toy Story That Time Forgot. Benjamin went to the movies with Auntie H to see #4 upon its release and has wanted to add the DVD to the collection. We watched it on Monday and having watched all of the others with him over and over, this one has an unexpected ending that will surely spawn another sequel. Be that as it may, about that serendipity…I have to tell you that my very small stack of readily available DVD’s was very very small indeed : 1) Ghost – makes me cry, 2) Steel Magnolias – makes me cry, 3) Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert – excellent, but makes me cry, and 4) Gone With the Wind 70th Anniversary Edition – also excellent, but too long. This left the unopened Dirty Dancing – no crying, a reasonable length, fantabulous music and Patrick Swayze singing&dancing too! That said, there was a time several years ago when the credenza held more selections that are geared to “older peoples”, that was before it became Benjamin’s space! Thank-you!

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        • No, please don’t tell Benjamin my opinion of Toy Story. Actually, I liked the original well enough, but truly did feel that one was about enough. Sometimes I think they figure that if one was good, two-three-four would be even better. It just ain’t so! Your movie credenza sounds like mine … we have far more Pokemon, Winnie-the-Pooh, and other such titles than we do adult movies. But, since any movie watching I do is done on the internet via my laptop anyway, it doesn’t matter.

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    • I checked to see if he had done anything recently, and not much, but in 2013 he played on your side of the pond at the Wembley Arena. The following year, he wrote a memoir, “The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir”. In 2016 he said he was planning to revive the Righteous Brothers with his new singing partner, Bucky Heard, though I haven’t ‘heard’ anything by them.
      Cwtch

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