Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
THE FOLLOWING IS A SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION OF THE FRIDAY NIGHT GOODNIGHT MUSIC BLOG!
Many years ago my friend and WTMJ colleague Jim Kaluzny had his own deejay service and asked me to assist at wedding receptions. The stories I could tell.
There are definitely crowd pleasers that draw folks to the dance floor. To me, some are so natural, so obvious that there should be some stipulation that unless they’re not played at a wedding the couple isn’t legally married. 🙂
To this day I can’t attend a ceremony without critiquing. Why aren’t they doing this? Why haven’t they played that?
Wedding “must plays” this week.
Jim would more often than not actually line up the recordings and I would intro them. A nice opener to break the ice after the couple’s official first dance was this oldie.
If it was good enough for the legendary Glenn Miller it was good enough for us. Nice crisp clean sound.
Today there simply aren’t enough bumpers and grinders, slow dances played at weddings. That’s too bad because they work.
Like this classic from the King.
And some reports indicate Elvis didn’t want to record this song, but others insisted. It made it all the way to #2 where it just couldn’t knock off Joey Dee and “The Peppermint Twist.” But you won’t hear that at a wedding.
Time to liven (speed) things up. They’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so why not give ’em a spin!
A national sensation, they toured extensively and were co-headliners on the 1959 Winter Dance Party, the tour that took the lives of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens. Dion was, in fact, scheduled to fly in the fateful plane that went down. The headliners flipped a coin to see who was going to fly. The Big Bopper and Dion won the toss. Then Dion discovered that the flight would cost $36 — the exact amount of rent his parents paid monthly. He said, “I couldn’t bring myself to pay a full month’s rent on a short flight. So I said, ‘Ritchie, you go.’ He accepted and took my seat. Only the four of us knew who was getting on that plane when we left the dressing room that night. Of those four, I was the only one who survived beyond February 3, 1959.”
Dion’s memorable career lives on. The Wanderer: Based On The Life and Music Of Dion will have its world premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in the spring of 2020 a 2020 prior to an expected Broadway run.
To quote Johnny Mathis, “Chances are” you’ll hear this song in the first 15-30 minutes at a wedding.
Now another cuddler. Most often the Frank Sinatra version gets the attention and that certainly isn’t bad. I like this rendition where the DJ can talk over the piano intro. Great vocal by Steve Tyrell and wonderful sax solo. And sorry, Frank. This recording is a bit better and easier to dance to. I give it an 87.
OK. I admit. I can’t help myself. One more. One more. Some of these are just plain perfect for the occasion. And so is this next selection. Weddings seem to bring on and ooze sentimentality. There aren’t more songs that are prettier than this. And might I add this would be ideal for the father -daughter dance. I personally recommend that a DJ play this as early in the evening as possible for ultimate happiness.
Everyone knows this incredibly talented family, thus, a popular wedding choice.
Nat King Cole died on Feb. 15, 1965. He was only 45.
Natalie Cole died on December 31, 2015, at the age of 65.
There are so, so many others that are great wedding choices.
A polka, of course
The Chicken Dance
Old Time Rock and Roll-Bob Seger
Twist and Shout-Beatles
YMCA-The Village People
C’mon Eileen-Dexty’s Midnight Runners
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg-The Temptations
Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison
Love Shack-The B-52’s
Shout-The Isley Brothers
Shake It Off-Taylor Swift
All About That Bass-Meghan Trainor
Colour My World-Chicago
Close To You-Carpenters
Unchained Melody-The Righteous Brothers
Behind Closed Doors-Charlie Rich
Don’t hear ’em? Go request ’em!
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We close with a dance floor favorite. Jive Bunny was an English pop act that did medleys of popular music hits that were a wedding DJ’s best friend. On their big album they recorded eight (8) medleys. Jim and I always played this. Slam dunk winner. The “That’s What I Like” medley. See how many you a) remember and b) would love to dance to on a Saturday night in all your finery.