Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Revisiting Patrick Swayze

Back on April 2, I was in the middle of publishing a series of posts about the musical activities of the Brat Pack. On that day, I posted something about Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" - a song that not only appeared in the Patrick Swayze movie "Dirty Dancing," but was also sung by Swayze - and co-written by Swayze.

Sadly, we have to return to Swayze, who just passed away.

While The Music's Over mentioned the accomplishment above, it also noted some of Swayze's other musical endeavors:

Swayze achieved success as a song and dance man on stage, starring in such musicals as Guys and Dolls, Goodtime Charley and Chicago.

But The Music's Over also notes Swayze's contributions to...hip-hop. Hip Hop is Read discusses this in more detail:

His unintended influence on hip hop culture can not be understated and mustn’t be undervalued. The term “Swayze” (and, as a nod to his film, “going ‘Ghost’”) became popular in the early ‘90’s, employed as a synonym for “leaving”, “going” or “disappearing”. Like much of the slang to emerge from pop culture of the last twenty years or so, this term was berthed from the hip hop lexicon, featured within the rhymes of notable emcees.

Well, unfortunately, Swayze is Swayze. But his contributions, even when he left his shirt on, are recognized by many.

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