Nice work, if you can get it…
WEDDINGS AND other suchlike parties where there are very mixed age groups tend to provide many mobile DJs with their bread and butter business – they certainly do with me.
As I said some time ago, I have deliberately worked up a range of music and a style of presentation designed with just that sort of mixed age gig in mind.
In case it’s of use to other mobile DJs, here is how I got the dancing going at the big wedding reception I did last Saturday. It worked a treat for me, but obviously it needs to be moulded to each different audience.
(A word of warning: many of these records are going to be hard to find but worth the search.)
Out of the speeches with The Wedding March (Decca), cross-fading into BILLY COTTON: Get Me To The Church On Time (Columbia), at which point bride and groom took to the floor, so cross-fade into The Blue Danube (Parlophone), cutting in just the “Oh how we danced on the night we were wed” line from AL JOLSON: Anniversary Song (Coral).
Cut out of Blue Danube into the waltz section of Gaitie Parisienne (Golden Guinea), cross-fading into GENE KELLY: Singin’ In The Rain (MGM), skipping the intro.
After that play just the first two lines of MAURICE CHEVALIER: Thank Heaven For Little Girls (MGM) before cross-fading into DORIS DAY: Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Philips).
Tight segue Into DANNY KAYE: Wonderful Copenhagen (MCA Coral), then follow with FRANK SINATRA & CELESTE HOLM: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Capitol).
At this stage I forget exactly what I did next but pretty soon after it was a segue that was made in heaven, It’s so perfect! BENNY GOODMAN: Don’t Be That Way (US RCA 447-0879), SPARKS: Looks, Looks, Looks (Island), and JOE BOB’S NASHVILLE SOUND COMPANY: In The Mood (US Capitol 4159).
In answer to many queries, I must emphasise that this latter, the Joe Bob, is an import and unavailable in ordinary record shops. It does just happen to be one of the best MoR records ever made, but as yet there’s no sign of its release here.
Another perfect segue using an import is between the GEORGE BAKER SELECTION: Paloma Bianca (Warners) and BUDDY ALAN: Another Saturday Night (US Capitol 4075) – if you get the changeover synchronised, the tempos are identical!
For the rest of the night the mixture was equally zany, with chart hits between the rock’n’roll, Scottish, thirties, soul, Charleston, rock, and smooch etc sequences.
My advice to mobile jocks is to use your imagination and look out for lively oddities with which you can pre-plan tightly edited and carefully rehearsed sets.
My own style revolves around this approach, to the extent that I only use Chart records to bridge from one “party piece” to another!
JONESES: ‘Sugar Pie Guy’ (Mercury 6167223)
Remixed and re-issued, this goodie by the guys with the amazing “spudadoo spudadoo” bass man now has a disco flip that features an instrumental build-up to the “spudadoo”s and a long wukkawuk passage, broken into by some gruff joviality and repartee with a chick. If it worked before you’d better play it some more!
GEORGE BENSON: ‘Supership’ (CTI CT SP 002)
1975’s jumping bumpy rhythm re-write of ‘Sea Cruise’ (ship’s hooter and all) shows off George more on vocals than guitar, and should be a disco smash with ship’s bells on. Already breaking out as an import, it’s gotta be good.
BLACK ROCK: ‘New York City Bump’ (Seville SEV 1011)
SONNY – the Sound Of New New York strikes again as Sonny Casella follows Jeanne Burton and Dooley Silverspoon with his most ambitious production yet. On the special effects B-side the entire chix-led Temptations-type relaxed bumper is backed by a montage of New York City street sounds as it takes us on a bus ride uptown . . . like ‘Living For The City’ gone mad! Heard in stereo it’s a mind-messer of awesome proportions. Continue reading “October 4, 1975: The Joneses, George Benson, Black Rock, Roxy Music, T. Rex Disco Party”