BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES

"TIME OF MY LIFE" - DIRTY DANCING - 1987

Time Of My Life was, of course, from the soundtrack for the 80's movie Dirty Dancing. The 1987 romance film is credited as being one of the most watched films of all time, particularly among females. The duet was sung by Bill Medley (One half of The Righteous Brothers) and American singer/songwriter Jennifer Warnes.

The song topped the charts in the U.S. during November 1987 for one week. In the UK, the track peaked at #6, and charted again in January 1991, this time reaching #8 after Dirty Dancing was shown on mainstream TV.

In the UK, the 1987 version entered the charts at No.91 on 18th October 1987, reaching No.6 on 15th November for two weeks, spending a total of 14 weeks in the Top 100. The 1990 re-release spent a further 11 weeks in the chart. 

Written by Eleanor Bergstein, the film features Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Cynthia Rhodes, and Jerry Orbach. The story details the moment of time that a teenage girl crosses over into womanhood both physically and emotionally, through a relationship with a dance instructor during a  family summer vacation.

(I've Had) The Time of My Life vinyl single - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
The song was played in the final dance in the film, and wascomposed by John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz, with lyrics by Franke and the Knockouts frontman Franke Previte. It was produced by Michael Lloyd and featured backing vocals by Marcella Detroit, who went on to form Shakespear's Sister in 1988. 
Dirty Dancing Movie Poster from the 80s

 

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