Academy Award-winning songwriters Franke Previte and John DeNicola talk ‘Dirty Dancing’ and how to create a hit

John Landecker

Actor Patrick Swayze is shown after the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Calif., Aug. 18, 1997. For Swayze, the honor coincides with the re-release of “Dirty Dancing,” originally released in 1987. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)

John Landecker talks with the award-winning songwriters of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes” about their longtime songwriting partnership, how they got the “Dirty Dancing” gig, and the process of writing a hit song.

You can join Franke and John for a 1-Hour Special on Friday, December 18, 2020 to Benefit The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network  in Memory of Patrick Swayze. For tickets, visit

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