This song was co-written by John DeNicola and Franke Previte, who also wrote another huge hit from Dirty Dancing
, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life
." Previte was the singer and DeNicola was the bass player in the '80s Pop group Franke & the Knockouts, who had a hit with "Sweetheart." The group recorded for Millennium Records, which was helmed by Jimmy Ienner, who asked Franke for songs when he was producing the Dirty Dancing
soundtrack. Previte told us: "Jimmy had closed his label and 'Hungry Eyes' was a song on my demo reel, because I was trying to get a new recording contract. No one thought the song had a chance. I guess history proves them wrong."