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R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

September 15, 2009

I really thought if anyone could wrestle pancreatic cancer into the ground, rip out its throat, and kick it in the ear, it was him. You usually get weeks or months to live after a diagnosis, but he fought for a year and a half.

I loved so many things that he was in. Still haven’t seen To Wong Foo or Donnie Darko, but still intend to. However, I watched every one of the like, 144 hours of North and South (up until they copped out and gave Orry Main the cheapest, sorriest death scene ever), saw The Outsiders in the theater 14 times (yes, 14), and saw Dirty Dancing – which I was dragged into unwillingly the first time – oh, I don’t even know.

And Roadhouse, and Ghost … and so many other things.

R.I.P. Patrick Swayze.

From Dirty Dancing:

Patrick Swayze – She’s Like the Wind

Otis Redding – These Arms Of Mine

Bruce Chanel -Hey Baby

Otis Redding – Love Man

Solomon Burke – Cry to Me

Michael Lloyd – Johnny’s Mambo

Representing Roadhouse:

MST3K – A Patrick Swayze Christmas

I’d put up Unchained Melody, but I don’t have it, and I’d put up Van Morrison’s (in the group “Them”) Gloria for the Outsiders, but his people would just make me pull it in an hour. I used to have Stevie Wonder singing “Stay Gold,” but I don’t seem to anymore.

Feel free to add links to your favorites in the comments.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. halfhearteddude permalink
    September 15, 2009 5:17 am

    You can get Unchained Melody over at my joint on Friday.

    Swayze's song is truly terrible; it includes ever '80s rock cliché, with the saxophone coming in to taunt us.

    Still, a gentleman his passed on.

  2. arts enthusiast permalink
    September 15, 2009 7:48 am

    Nice post, Dane. Can you believe I've never seen "Ghost," because I don't like Demie Moore? Here's a favorite Patrick video clip (there's a 30 second ad, then a 6 minute video.) Watch to the very end or you'll miss out!
    http://www.hulu.com/watch/4184/saturday-night-live-pumping-up-with-hans-and-franz

  3. Dane permalink
    September 17, 2009 1:26 am

    Thanks, Major, I'll be there Friday. Swayze's song is terrible, but in this fabulous '80s way that makes me smile. 🙂 He did seem like a very good guy, didn't he?

    Ellie! Nice to see you here! Thanks for the link.

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