Dirty Dancing premiered in American theaters thirty-two years ago today on August 21, 1987. The film starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Swayze had been in a few hits like The Outsiders and Red Dawn, but this was this film that took him to superstardom. The film also featured Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes,and Wayne Knight, who later went on to play Newman on Seinfield.
The film was a huge hit earning 214 million dollars at the box office. In 1988, it was the number one video rental of the year. For home video, it was the first film to sell over a million copies.
The soundtrack to the movie was also a major success. It sold over 32 million copies and became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It spent 18 weeks at #1. The film’s final dance featured the song, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, which hit #1 on the singles and Adult Contemporary chart. It won Best Original Song from The Academy Awards and The Golden Globes. The song also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The soundtrack contained two other top ten hits, She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze and HungryEyes by Eric Carmen.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is Thank You For Being A Friend by Andrew Gold.
Thank You For Being A Friend was the first of four music videos from Andrew Gold that aired on that first day on MTV. The other three videos were Go Back Home Again, Never Let Her Slip Away, and his biggest American chart hit, Lonely Boy, which hit the top 10 in 1977.
In 1978 Thank You For Being A Friend hit #25 on the Billboard singles chart and #11 on Cash Box. Seven years later in 1985, the tune was used as the theme song for The Golden Girls. It was re-recorded for the show and featured vocals by Cynthia Fee. That version has become one of the best-known TV theme songs of all time.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is I’m Gonna Follow You by Pat Benatar.
The second video ever played on MTV was You Better Run, which was the lead single off of Benatar’s 4 x platinum album, Crimes of Passion. Later in the day, I’m Gonna Follow You, another song from the same album made it’s MTV debut. What’s interesting is that the album’s highest-charting song, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, never had a music video released for it, but one was made for I’m Gonna Follow You, which was not a single.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer.
The song spent five weeks at #2 on the singles chart in December of 1980 and January of 1981. It also went to #2 on the British singles charts. The song hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The song was written by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison. Both were members of The Crickets. Allison played drums in the band before and after Buddy Holly’s death. Curtis performed with Holly before the Crickets formed and then joined the band as lead singer after Holly died in 1959.
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Today’s video is Meeting in the Ladies Room by Klymaxx. The song hit #4 on the R&B chart in 1985 as well as #22 on the Hot Dance Club chart. The music video was a hit on MTV and BET but that surprisingly was not able to help the song crack the top 40 charts. Meeting in the Ladies Room was the title track from the band’s platinum fourth album that also contained the hits, The Men All Pause and I Miss You.
The music video was directed by Gerald Casale, the bassist, and co-founder of Devo. SNL recently parodied the song in a skit that featured Emma Stone.
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Our video today is Never Say Never by the San Francisco new wave band Romeo Void. The song first appeared on the band’s EP which was also called Never Say Never and was released as a single in 1982.
Although the song did not hit the top 40, it did become a popular video during the early years of MTV. The song’s success led to the band being signed by Columbia. Their major-label debut, Benefactor also featured Never Say Never but it was a shorter and “cleaner” version.
The band had a top forty hit in 1984 with A Girl in Trouble (Is a TemporaryThing), however, many would argue that Never Say Never is actually the band’s best-known song. Also in 1984, Never Say Never was part of the soundtrack of the movie Reckless starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah.
Our flashback video this week is I’mGonna Be (500 Miles) by the Scottish duo The Proclaimers. The song hit #03 on the American top 40 charts in 1993.
The duo, which is comprised of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid, released the song in 1988 as the lead single off their album Sunshine on Leith. The single hit #11 on the British charts. Five years later the song appeared in the movie Benny and Joon and was re-released all across the world.
In 2007, the Reid Brothers teamed with British comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas and re-recorded the song as a charity single for Comic Relief. This version went to #1 in the UK and to #7 in Ireland. It also landed at #8 on the UK year-end charts.
Today’s video is Summertime Girls from 1985 by the band Y&T. The song was released as a single from the band’s seventh album, Down for the Count. It was also a studio track that appeared on the band’s live album, Open Fire that came out in early 1985.
Summertime Girls was the band’s highest charting single on the Hot 100 peaking at #55. The song got airplay on rock radio and went as high as #16 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The video was in heavy rotation on MTV and the song still gets played on classic rock radio.
Y&T was formed in 1974 in California and was originally called Yesterday and Today. The band has sold over four million albums and is still touring the world.
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Love Gun, by Kiss, was released on this day, June 30, back in 1977. The album contained such Kiss classics as Love Gun, Christine Sixteen, Shock Me, and I Stole Your Love. The album was released at the height of the band’s popularity and went on to sell over a million copies. The somewhat controversial single, Christine Sixteen hit #25 on the top forty charts.
The album is noted for being the band’s first album to feature each member on lead vocals. It was also the last studio album to have Peter Criss play drums on every song. Love Gun was produced by Eddie Kramer as were four other albums by the band. He was also the producer for three solo albums by Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley.
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Every Friday, we will spotlight a forgotten, or obscure music video from the Gen X era. Today’s video is Cruel to Be Kind by Nick Lowe from 1979. The song appeared on Lowe’s second album, Labour of Lust. The single went to #12 on the top forty charts and was Lowe’s biggest hit in America.
The music video for the song was one of the first videos on MTV. Footage of Lowe’s actual wedding to Country music singer Carlene Carter appeared in the video. Carter is the daughter of well-known Country performers June Carter and Carl Smith. June is best known for being the wife of Johnny Cash and being a member of the legendary Carter Family, performing with her mother Maybell and sisters Helen and Anita. Carl Smith had thirty top 10 Country hits including 5 #1 songs.
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