MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016|
Posted by: Susmita Paruchuri
Celebrity deaths have a huge impact on fans. When you spend so much time watching or listening to someone's work, it's fair to feel like you knew them. Legend Patrick Swayze's death was one of those -- he passed away from cancer in 2009, but just last week was what would have been his 64th birthday.
It's upsetting how young the iconic performer died, but he led a life packed full of amazing movies and music we'll never forget. To commemorate his birthday, we've rounded up a few of his most legendary songs.
1. "Cliff's Edge"
"Cliff's Edge" from his 1989 film Road House, was written by Swayze (along with Stacy Widelitz and Bob Marlette) and performed by him as well. He plays James Dalton, a bouncer at a roadside bar in a small Missouri town. The song definitely evokes that midwestern imagery, too.
2. "She's Like the Wind"
From the classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing, this song was also written and performed by Swayze. It was actually so popular that it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The power ballad was actually written with Stacy Widelitz in 1984 to be used for the film Grandview, U.S.A., but it wasn't, so Swayze played the song for the producer and director during production of Dirty Dancing, and of course, they loved it.
3. "When You Dance"
This song is from One Last Dance (2003), which Swayze's wife Lisa Niemi actually wrote and directed, as well as co-starred in with her husband. On top of that, the dance film was choreographed by his mother, Patsy Swayze. This ballad was also sung by Patrick Swayze himself, and it's sweet seeing him perform with his wife.
"Brothers" is a duet with Swayze and country singer Larry Gatlin -- not going to lie, it's pretty cheesy, and the movie it's from, Next of Kin (1989) didn't go over so well. In it, his character's younger brother is killed by a mobsters, and he has to track down the killer before his other brother (Liam Neeson) can kill him. Oh man. Boys, am I right? The song was performed by Swayze, and it's another ballad with a country tinge to it.
5. "(I've Had) The Time of my Life"
I'm totally cheating here, because this song wasn't performed or written by Patrick Swayze, but it's undoubtedly a super iconic song as it was used for the theme song of Dirty Dancing. I think Swayze's dancing was amazing enough to include it in this list. Who hasn't thought about trying that famous lift? Apparently co-star Jennifer Gray didn't even want to rehearse it -- she onced told The Guardian, "Never rehearsed it, never done it since. I don't know how all these people who re-enact it have the guts to throw themselves into the arms of anyone other than Patrick Swayze."