"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" is a song composed by Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz. It was recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, after having been selected to be the finale song for the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, by choreographer Kenny Ortega and his assistant Miranda Garrison (who also played Vivian in the film). The song was initially intended for Donna Summer and Joe Esposito, but it was turned down.
In the United States, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1987 for one week and also reached number one on the Adult Contemporary for four weeks. In the United Kingdom the song had two chart outings: in November 1987, after the film's initial release, the song peaked at #6; in January 1991, after the film was shown on mainstream television, the song reached #8.
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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