Genre Soft rock
|Recorded November 1986|
|B-side Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay|
Format 7" single, 12" maxi CD single, cassette
"She's Like the Wind" is a 1987 power ballad from the film Dirty Dancing, performed by Patrick Swayze. Though Swayze is the primary vocalist on the single, it was billed as being performed by "Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser"; Fraser is heard throughout much of the song, specifically in the final chorus. The single reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Swayze and Stacy Widelitz co-wrote the song in 1984.
It was originally intended for the soundtrack of Grandview, U.S.A. and was meant to be about Jamie Lee Curtis' character in the film. However, the song was not used in that film. During production of Dirty Dancing in 1987, Swayze played the demo for producer Linda Gottlieb and director Emile Ardolino. They loved it and passed it on to Jimmy Ienner and Bob Feiden, the soundtrack's executive producers. It was recorded for the soundtrack in November 1986, with Michael Lloyd producing. The song, like the film in which it was featured, was a success, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Adult Contemporary, and was a hit around the world. It is still in circulation on radio. The soundtrack album was number one for 19 weeks.
Swayze co-wrote and performed two tracks on the soundtrack to the film Road House (1989), plus he co-wrote and performed a duet with Larry Gatlin for the film Next of Kin (1989).
The music video in black and white features clips from the movie Dirty Dancing. The video can be seen on the Ultimate Dirty Dancing DVD.
"She's Like the Wind" is a cover recorded by American recording artists Lumidee and Tony Sunshine for Lumidee's second album, Unexpected (2007). It was released as the lead single from Unexpected in the U.S. and Europe on April 3, 2007.
According to Lumidee, the idea to record a remake of Patrick Swayze's 1987 song "She's Like The Wind" was inspired by her European label when she recommended a collaboration with fellow New York recording artist Tony Sunshine. She also said, "We'd been talking about working together but hadn't been able to. But he loved the idea of doing something with this song."
The music video for this version was directed by Dayo.
- "She's Like The Wind (Radio Edit)" - 4:17
- "She's Like The Wind (Spanglish Version)" - 3:53
- "She's Like The Wind (Instrumental)" - 4:18
- "She's Like The Wind (A Capella)" - 4:15