Blake Snow

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I love one-hit wonder royalty stories

Yahoo: Songwriter “Dirty Dancing” all the way to the bank

The New Jersey musician, whose first name is pronounced “Frankie,” co-wrote the film’s climactic anthem “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” a tune that helped turn a small coming-of-age tale into one of the biggest movies of all time.

Previte estimates that he gets quarterly checks of $10,000 to $30,000 for radio airplay, additional quarterly checks of $50,000 to $100,000 from the hit stage adaptation, and annual checks of $100,000-$125,000 when the song is used in commercials.

Awesome.

See also: Despite being 50 years old, my favorite jazz song makes $100k year