If you’re over the age of 30, you likely know songs written by John DeNicola. He’s written for many prominent artists. But his big claim to fame is the soundtrack to legendary film, Dirty Dancing. Along with his songwriting partner, Frankie Previte, DeNicola penned the memorable hits “Hungry Eyes” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” While he’s been writing songs for 30+ years, he’s never released an album. His songs have always been for others to sing. That looks like it’s about to change as he’s announced his debut album, The Why Because.
In addition to his own re-workings of the two previously mentioned hits, you’ll find many other hidden gems. His first single “You’re the Only One” was originally written for a Stallone flick, titled Avenging Angelo (never heard of it). I’m guessing that movie never got it’s own soundtrack. But it’s a pleasant number and you can definitely hear the trademark DeNicola sound in it.
The Why Because is releasing October 25th (pre-order it here), on Omad Records. It boasts a bevy of eclectic guest stars including John Waite (The Babies, Bad English), Glen Burtnik (Styx), Mickey Madden (Maroon Five), Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) and many more.