Tomorrow marks the historic day that the sudden pop culture resurgence of (I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE and all things DIRTY DANCING reaches a level of impact not seen since the low budget movie beat all odds to make pop culture history 23 years ago.
In an unusual – and perhaps unprecedented – industry coincidence, two new versions of the classic Oscar-winning theme to the 1987 box office smash romance will be released tomorrow on two of the holiday season’s most hotly anticipated new albums. “The Time (The Dirty Bit),” the new BLACK EYED PEAS hit single built around the unforgettable chorus of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” will appear on the new Peas album, The Beginning. And the cast of GLEE will debut its new rendition of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” on Glee: The Music, Volume 4. Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Chord Overstreet (Sam) are scheduled to performing a duet of “Time of My Life” on tomorrow night’s episode (8 p.m. EST, FOX).
All this activity comes a week to the day after DIRTY DANCING star Jennifer Grey’s amazing and courageous win on this season’s DANCING WITH THE STARS brought back the heart-tugging memories of her and Patrick Swayze dancing in the movie Grey later revealed to Good Morning America that she resisted “enormous pressure” to dance to “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” on America’s most-watched TV show because the song holds too special of a place in her heart.
With “The Time (The Dirty Bit)” currently at No. 13 in Billboard and the enormous popularity of the previousGlee soundtracks, the two new albums are sure to fight it out near the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart. Both renditions of “Time of My Life” are exposing the song to an enormous new generation of fans, most of whom are too young to remember the original during its original ‘80s glory.
Furthering the coincidence, FRANKE PREVITE and his “Time of My Life” co-writers are currently exposing the world to the original demo recording that Grey and Swayze danced to during the filming of the movie’s iconic final scene. Previte, an artist in his own right (‘80s hitmakers Franke and The Knockouts), was inspired to release and donate proceeds from the sale of his newly available DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS CD to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford after sharing his personal memories of the dancing duo during the making of the DIRTY DANCING “Keepsake Edition” DVD gift package. Lionsgate released the “Keepsake Edition” earlier this year to an audience that has been reminded of the movie for years by the well-known commercials for Sandals Resorts. Just last week, Sandals renewed the contract to continue using the song in their spots for years to come.
“Talk about being blessed,” says Previte. “When I wrote ‘Time of My Life’ I never expected anything like this 23 years later. But the song has new legs and it’s running again — maybe even faster than the first time. The next generation has spoken and I love it. Thanks to all. “
Amid all this incredible momentum – the most he’s seen surrounding the song since the film’s 1987 release – this week Previte will be celebrating the cultural rebirth of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by announcing a charity contest where fans can revel in their love for the movie and its trademark song by dancing to it themselves. DANCING WITH THE DEMOS welcomes fans to show their moves and record a video of themselves dancing to the original demo recording of “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” in original and creative ways that stay true to the spirit of the film. The contest is designed to excite and engage all fans of the music and movie around the world while helping battle pancreas cancer in Patrick Swayze’s memory.
Contestants will record a video of themselves dancing to Previte’s ORIGINAL DEMO RECORDING of “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” and post it as a response to the video contest announcement. Winners will be chosen by Franke Previte for top prizes that include stays at the two resorts in North Carolina and Virginia that were the primary filming locations of “Dirty Dancing.”
“Please join in with me this holiday season and make a difference,” says Previte. “The gift of giving always feels better when the cause is great. So when you purchase the ‘Dirty Dancing Demos,’ know that this is helping the Patrick Swayze cancer fund and ‘Dance, Dance, Dance!’ … And who knows? Maybe I’ll seeyou at one of these prize sites.”