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Patrick Swayze - She's Like the Wind (1987)

About the most beautiful song of Patrick Swayze, which at first was rejected by the producers of "Grandview"!

The story behind "She's Like the Wind" (Dirty Dancing Soundtrack)

Although the acting career meant much more to Patrick Swayze than singing, his passion for music was by no means a joke ... In 1989, he and Larry Gatlin sang a duet for the soundtrack to the film Next of Kin. In addition, Swayze recorded two great tracks for the film "Road House"! The 2003 film The Last Dance also featured several of his compositions. However, it was "She's Like the Wind" that became Patrick Swayze's only hit, which made the world look at the actor in a completely new way!

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, still from the movie
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, scene from the movie "Dirty Dancing"

History of creation and significance

Most viewers are familiar with the song from the film Dirty Dancing (1987). Yes, yes, we are talking about the very scene where Patrick Swayze says goodbye to Jennifer Gray with the words: “I will never regret ...”

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, scene from the movie "Dirty Dancing"
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, scene from the movie "Dirty Dancing"

The song tells the story of a guy who obviously has problems with self-esteem: he follows his beloved, but believes that he is not worthy of her ...

“She is near, but elusive - like the wind ...”

Even in the last seconds of listening, the hope does not leave the hero that the hero will have the same self-confidence! But here, Patrick sings:

"Just a fool to believe that I have everything she needs..."

The beautiful female voice in the background belongs to Wendy Fraser, a jazz performer. Initially, her vocals were recorded only on demos. But years later, Wendy was invited to record the soundtrack to the film!

Curiously, the track was originally written for a completely different film - not for Dirty Dancing! Swayze co-wrote the song with his girlfriend Stacey Whitelitz for the 1984 film Grandview. Patrick already had the main chords and introductory lyrics (“She shakes my tree like the wind ...”) But, unfortunately, the producers rejected the track ...

Frame from the film "Grandview" (1984)
Frame from the film "Grandview" (1984)

And now, two years later (while working on Dirty Dancing), Swayze played a demo to the producers, who finally gave the song a chance to be heard ... The soundtrack was recorded under the direction of Michael Lloyd. As a result, the track was sold in 30 million copies, and also became the leader of the American chart, at the top of which it confidently lasted for 18 weeks!

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