One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1988 – Patrick Swayze

“She’s Like the Wind” by Patrick Swayze (featuring Wendy Fraser)


Here is another actor jumping into the music fray. Patrick Swayze first became known in the movies after appearing in The Outsiders, then Red Dawn and Youngblood. In 1985, he had a leading role in the 1985 television miniseries North and South.

However, it was in 1987 that Swayze became a worldwide superstar when he starred as Johnny Castle in the movie Dirty Dancing. The film was supposed to be shown in theaters for one weekend only and then go straight to video, but it became a surprise hit and achieved massive international success. Not only was the film a smash hit, but the movie soundtrack became a huge commercial success. It spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales charts, went on to sell 42 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

One of the reasons the soundtrack was so successful was Swayze’s song, “She’s Like the Wind”. Swayze and Stacy Widelitz co-wrote the song in 1984, originally for the soundtrack of Grandview, U.S.A. and was meant to be about Jamie Lee Curtis’s character in the film. However, the song was not used in that film. Swayze went on to play the demo for the producers and director of Dirty Dancing, and they loved it. So the song was included in the movie, was released as a single, and was also an international success. In the U.S. is peaked at #3 on February 27, 1988.

Of course we know Patrick Swayze went on to star in several more movies including Road House, Ghost, and Point Break, in addition to being named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991.
Sadly, Swayze died on September 14, 2009, at age 57 from pancreatic cancer.

But, let’s Return to some happier times, and listen to Patrick Swayze’s smash hit, “She’s Like the Wind”:

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