Franke and the Knockouts was a short lived, early 1980s band formed in New Jersey, USA and fronted by singer/songwriter Franke Previte.
Originally there were five members in the band.
Franke and the Knockouts were signed by Millennium Records in 1981 and had three U.S. Top 40 singles and two Top 50 albums.
Franke and the Knockouts' biggest single, "Sweetheart," was written by Previte and Guitarist Billy Elworthy and became a Top 10 hit in 1981, peaking at #10 in the U.S.
They also wrote and released the original versions of Eric Carmen's 1987 hit single "Hungry Eyes" as well as the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," (both of which were featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing).
Previte would later be an Academy Award winner.
The band switched to MCA in 1984 and had several album releases but they disbanded in 1986.
The group's other two Top 40 hits were "You're My Girl" and "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)."
Franke and the Knockouts
I know baby it's hard to be strong
Just take the good with the bad
And don't think you're alone
Cause I know all your sad goodbyes
Cause I've been there before
To help you dry your eyes
Who love you from the start
Who treats you like a star
Who loves you baby
Who loves you wrong or right
Cause you're the spark in my life
Yeah day and night
And when trouble a-keeps knockin'
Down your door
Just call on me babe
And it won't be 'round no more
Sweetheart oh I know, yes I know
No matter how long
I'll be by your side
Singing this song