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Sweetheart by Franke & the Knockouts

Album: Franke & The KnockoutsReleased: 1981Charted:
  • 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 soundtrack.
    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."
  • This song owes some of its success to modest airplay on MTV, which launched in 1981. "Sweetheart" had a video with a boxing concept (Franke & The Knockouts - get it?), and MTV didn't have many videos by American bands that weren't simply performance footage.
  • He didn't appear on this song, but Tico Torres, who went on to join Bon Jovi, was the drummer in Franke & Knockouts for a short time.
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Comments: 3

Leader Frankie Previte and John DeNicola won the 1987 Academy Award for 'Best Song' with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the movie 'Dirty Dancing'.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
So glad "Sweetheart" made the album, or the world may have never known about it. It is a great, great cut that deserved the attention it got for those months. Still love it today.John - Ames, Ia
On May 16th 1981, Franke and the Knockouts performed "Sweetheart" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
At the time the song was at #13 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; fifteen days later on May 31st, 1981 it would peak at #10 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 19 weeks...
It reached #18 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
The New Jersey quintet had two other Top 100 records; "You're My Girl" {#27} and "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)" {#24}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
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