Dirty Dancing is a statement. Dirty Dancing is an ode to dance. Dirty Dancing is the classic ahead of its times. It revives the ’60s spirit in a mesmerizing manner.

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, named one of the Top 10 Date Movies of all time by an E! Entertainment Television poll, with worldwide box office sales of more than $214 million since its opening in 1987. Worldwide CD sales of the best-selling original RCA soundtrack album are in excess of 42 million copies, 11-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone.

A cornerstone of ’80s pop culture, Dirty Dancing reflected back on the early-’60s culture of summer vacation life at a resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains (although it was filmed on location in Virginia and North Carolina). With its heavenly mix of generation gap melodrama, well-programmed rock, R&B, Latin and pre-disco music, coming-of-age sexuality among its teens, and of course plenty of laughs and “dirty dancing,” the movie has stood the test of time over the last quarter-century.

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie that made history, Legacy Recordings presents Dirty Dancing: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition, which presents the original 12-song album of 1987, along with new bonus features. This special commemorative project reflects Legacy’s direct survey of a portion of the millions of Dirty Dancing fans on Facebook who responded and wished to maintain the experience of the original release by showcasing the original running order of the album as it was first released, without bonus tracks.

Dirty Dancing: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition will contain a number of exciting additions specifically requested by the fans, starting with the package’s dedication to the movie’s star, the late Patrick Swayze (1952-2009). The image-driven CD booklet contains six ready-to-frame art cards showing iconic images from the movie, plus a newly-designed bumper sticker. Fans also voted on the CD cover image from four images proposed by Legacy, and overwhelmingly chose to retain the original “Lift” image.

“From the birth, 25 years ago,” writes executive producer Jimmy Ienner, “to the never-ending success of the movie and the soundtracks, I’m very proud of all my great producers and the extremely talented artists that contributed so much to the very satisfying roller­coaster ride called Dirty Dancing. I’m also very indebted to anyone involved in any way on the music and the film sides of this wonderful journey. Lastly, but no less important, to the devoted fans around the world for the unbelievable continued support. Keep carrying the watermelons and enjoying the lifts.”

The Dirty Dancing soundtrack album soared on the wings of the original chart hits “Hungry Eyes” (Billboard Hot 100 #4); “She’s Like the Wind” (Hot 100 #3); and the Grammy®, Oscar, and Golden Globe Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (Hot 100 #1). Those three songs were among the six original new songs produced for the soundtrack album.

The Dirty Dancing soundtrack album also included five well-chosen pop classics that were featured in the movie. Those five hits, all dating from the 1950s and ’60s, are:
• “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes (Hot 100 #2, 1963);
• “Stay” by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs (Hot 100 #1, 1960);
• “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel (Hot 100 #1, 1962);
• “Love Is Strange / Mickey & Sylvia (Hot 100 #11, 1957); and
• “In The Still Of The Night” by the Five Satins (Hot 100 #24, 1956).

The final track was recorded by former RCA group the Blow Monkeys from England, their cover of Lesley Gore’s 1964 hit, “You Don’t Own Me.”

Dirty Dancing: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition Selections: 1. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life / Love Theme performed by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes • 2. Be My Baby / The Ronettes • 3. She’s Like The Wind / Patrick Swayze (featuring Wendy Fraser) • 4. Hungry Eyes / Eric Carmen • 5. Stay / Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs • 6. Yes / Merry Clayton • 7. You Don’t Own Me / The Blow Monkeys • 8. Hey Baby / Bruce Channel • 9. Overload / Zappacosta • 10. Love Is Strange / Mickey & Sylvia • 11. Where Are You Tonight? / Tom Johnston • 12. In The Still Of The Night / The Five Satins.


Leave a Reply