The Time Of My Life by Dirty Dancing Piano Sheet Music

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Song Facts:

This was co-written by Franke Previte of Franke And The Knockouts, who hit #10 with “Sweetheart” in 1981. It was featured in the climactic scene of the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Previte recalls finding out from Swayze how important his demo of the song was to the film: “He told me that the Dirty Dancing dance finale scene was actually shot to my original demo of ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.’ I had performed the song with my duet partner, Rachele Cappelli. Patrick explained that the movie was filmed out of sequence and the finale scene was the first thing they shot. And, there was a lot riding on getting it right. He said it was crucial that he, Jennifer and the rest of the cast filming that scene develop an immediate camaraderie and that the demo was a big part in helping them do just that. The film’s most memorable scene really had been filmed to our demo of ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.’”
Watching that scene for the first time, Previte says, “My feelings where over the top. What can I say? Chills.”
The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was produced by Jimmy Ienner, who thought of Franke Previte when he needed songs for the movie. Previte told us: “I received a call from Jimmy Ienner, had had been head of Millenium Records, my label with Franke and the Knockouts. Jimmy asked me to write a song for this little movie called Dirty Dancing. I told him I didn’t have the time and he said, ‘Make time. This could change your life.’”
Franke’s former bandmate John DeNicola and his friend Don Marowitz came up with the music for the song. Says Previte, “I received a track from John and Donny and I wrote the lyric and melody for the chorus in the car while I was driving along the Garden State Parkway, going to a studio session for another song.”
Most Pop songs don’t start with the chorus, but this song had to fit some specific criteria for the movie: it had to start slow, finish fast, and have a mambo beat. Previte added in our interview: “The scene was seven minutes long. They needed the song to be just as long. So we started the track with the chorus up front in half time to create a slow mood before the downbeat of the verse.” from SongFacts.com. Show SheetsPiano Music Sheet.


 

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