Franke & The Knockouts were led by Franke Previte, and a later lineup of the band included John DeNicola on bass. While the group had some pop success in the '80s, including minor hits with "You're My Girl" and "Without You," Previte and DeNicola had their biggest success writing "(I've Had) The Time of My Life
" and "Hungry Eyes
," which were part of the massively successful Dirty Dancing
It was their good fortune that Jimmy Ienner, who was in charge of Franke & The Knockouts' record label, went on to produce the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing
and asked them for songs. Regarding their biggest hit "Sweetheart," Previte told us: "The song 'Sweetheart' almost didn't make the record. Jimmy thought it was a hit but a little to cute for a rock band. He was right."