It’s hard to dance without music, and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack spawned more than one album’s worth of songs. But one of the key tunes on the soundtrack, “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written and performed by Patrick Swayze himself, almost ended up elsewhere. The song was written for the 1984 movie Grandview, U.S.A., in which Swayze played a Demolition Derby driver who dances—but it got cut from the soundtrack. When it did make it out into the world, with Dirty Dancing, it became a hit on the Contemporary Adult charts.
The movie’s soundtrack also earned the film a best original song Academy Award, Golden Globe award and Grammy, all for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz. (And those weren’t the only sources of high-brow cred for Dirty Dancing: a few months before the film’s August 1987 release, it premiered at Cannes.)