The late, great Patrick Swayze, who passed away yesterday at the age of 57 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, began his career, famously, as a dancer.
But he also managed to score a 1987 pop hit with the ballad “She’s Like the Wind” from Dirty Dancing, and many of his most iconic stage and screen appearances hinged on musical moments, aside from Dirty D‘s multiple song performances — “Love Man,” “Johnny’s Mambo,” “Love Is Strange” (“Sylvia! Yes Mickey? How do you call your lovvvverboy..”) and, of course “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.”
And what girl didn’t ask for a pottery wheel for Christmas after Ghost‘s infamous extracurricular late-night lesson in bowl-making to the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”?
Over the years, he busted some pretty sweet moves-on-wheels in 1979’s Skatetown U.S.A., seduced Kelly Lynch to Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine” in Roadhouse, (alas, this clip is altered for copyright), took it (nearly) all off to Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” as a Chippendale-hopeful with Chris Farley on SNL, and even hoofed his way through a West End run of Guys and Dolls in 2006.
But you tell us, readers, what’s your favorite Swayze moment, musically? Watch him pull baby out of the corner one more time, below:
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