Let No Man Put Asunder



Wedding receptions typically conjure up visions of mobile DJs playing dodgy pop tunes, getting requests for Abba not A.A.B.B and Coldplay rather than Coldcut, while grandma does the twist with the grandchildren, auntie starts a conga, and that friend of the family the parents demanded be invited leers at the bridesmaids. Hardly the Jazz Rooms or Back On the Streets…so not generally somewhere I fit in. Nevertheless I’ve DJ’d for a handful of friends’ weddings over the years, generally when it’s been a musical crowd or people who used to go to nights we did in the past.

I hadn’t DJ’d at a wedding for a while but played at two fairly recently – Love Lee‘s upstate and Rvrman‘s the other side of the pond – both great fun. Since a couple of people asked for a track list at the last one, I recorded a mix below* before putting the records back on the shelves.

Not really knowing the crowd, I’d taken music that would hopefully get people dancing and sound familiar, without them necessarily knowing the records. So there are a lot of covers (from the Beatles to John Williams), a few tracks that might ring bells (songs featured in movies or adverts), original versions of tracks sampled by other people (e.g. Beyonce), the odd mash-up, lesser known versions of songs (e.g. James Brown reprising Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag with a big band), along with some obvious favorites (Stevie, Bowie, Prince, etc.). If Jazz Jay can play the Grease 45 in Brooklyn, I can get away with it a wedding – and I wonder how many other people have played Grease, My Favorite Things and the theme from Star Wars in one set…

  1. Light My Fire – Stevie Wonder
  2. Why Did You Do It – Stretch
  3. You Haven’t Done Nothing – Stevie Wonder
  4. Golden Years – David Bowie
  5. Are You My Woman – The Chi-lites
  6. A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
  7. Fever – Marie ‘Queenie’ Lyons
  8. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown & The Louis Bellson Orchestra
  9. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
  10. Favorite Things – Sergio Mendes
  11. Get Back – The Deidre Wilson Tabac
  12. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Thelma Houston
  13. The Sunshine of Your Love – The Fifth Dimension
  14. Superstition – Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77
  15. Grease – Frankie Valli
  16. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  17. I Hear Music In The Streets – Unlimited Touch
  18. Standing On The Verge of Getting It On – Platinum Hook
  19. Holdin’ On – Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band
  20. 1999 – Prince
  21. Main Theme From Star Wars – Dave Matthews


*Not everything fitted into this mix. So here are a few other things I played for those who asked: Gimme Shelter by Merry Clayton, K-Jee by the Nite-liters (the original of the MFSB cover featured in Saturday Night Fever), Sneakin’ by The Vibrations, I Believe In Miracles by The Jackson Sisters (heard here), Machine Gun by The Commodores, Outa-Space by Billy Preston (heard here), Dance To The Drummer’s Beat by Herman Kelly & Life (heard here), Happy by Pharrell Williams, Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band, and Breathe & Don’t Stop (Michael Jackson vs Q-Tip mash-up). Inevitably I forgot to put that First Choice 12″ in my bag.

~ by ricardosevere on 02/02/2019.

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