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How interesting for you to mention that one....I listen to that song evertime I go to the cemetary to her grave. Thanks for your help. That song is definately one I am thinking about. Thanks. :bow:

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String of Pearls is an instrumental from the 40's. Glenn Miller is best known for it, although others have done it as well. It's quite romantic, and everyone can dance to it.

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String of Pearls is a great tune but is actually a "swing" tune. I think perhaps a better choice from Miller would be his haunting theme song "Moonlight Serenade". You should be able to find this tune pretty easily. Another song that could be appropiate is "Poor Butterfly". It has a very pleasant melody that is definitely worth a listen.

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Just thought of another tune that you should listen to. "I'll See You In My Dreams". This song has the "no dry eyes" guarantee stamped all over it. I was reminded of it because it was played at the end of the Concert for George tribute to George Harrison.

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Hello all. I am compiling a cd or 2 of good, get out on the floor and shake it dance songs. I'm not really interested in a lot of the songs from today but from the 60's thru 90's. Please no hiphop or rap. This music is for my wedding reception and I want to get everyone into it. The guests will be mostly of the over 30 crowd. Thanks in advance. :drummer:

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LOL Sue, we're learning about footloose industry in business, and everytime, I get outta class, I'm singing "Footloose, footloose.." ::

Uh, maybe Abba, meh, they suck, but people like to dance to them.. :)

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Here's some '60s R&B

Doris Troy - Just One Look

Wilson Pickett

- 634-5789(Soulville, USA)

- Land of 1000 Dances

- Mustang Sally

Sam & Dave

- Hold On!, I'm Comin'

- Soul Man

Aretha Franklin

- Respect

- Chain of Fools

- Since You've Been Gone(Sweet Sweet Baby)

- Think

Clarence Carter - Slip Away

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Hello all. I am compiling a cd or 2 of good, get out on the floor and shake it dance songs. I'm not really interested in a lot of the songs from today but from the 60's thru 90's. Please no hiphop or rap. This music is for my wedding reception and I want to get everyone into it. The guests will be mostly of the over 30 crowd. Thanks in advance. :drummer:

Aaaaaall 80s, all night, behby :: :happybanana:

"Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode

"Hold Back The Rain" by Duran Duran

"Methods Of Dance" and "The Art Of Parties" by Japan

"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)" by Paul Lekakis

"Don Quichote" by Magazine 60

"The Perfect Kiss (Extended)" by NewOrder

"Electricity" by OMD

"Like A Hurricane (Live)" as performed by Roxy Music

"Living On Video" by Trans-X

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Try some of these on for size............

1 WHEN THE LOVELIGHT SHINES...(Chez Vous)The Supremes

2 IT'S A GOOD, GOOD FEELING (Wagner)Smokey Robinson &

The Miracles

3 MINE EXCLUSIVELY (Showtime)The Olympics

4 HEATWAVE (South Street)Martha and the Vandellas

5 TAKE THIS HEART OF MINE (Disco Spin)Marvin Gaye

6 IT'S BETTER TO HAVE..(Shake)Don Covay

7 YOU WANT IT, YOU GOT IT (D & D)Detroit Emeralds

8 LET IT ROCK (Country Boogie)Chuck Berry

9 THERE IS (Pattie Dance)The Dells

10 NOT ME (South Street) The Orlons

11 SPINNING TOP (Disco Spin)The Orlons

12 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (D & D)James Brown

13 SOUL CITY WALK (Soul City Walk)Archie Bell & The Drells

14 THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (Cha Cha)Isley Bros.

15 MORSE CODE OF LOVE (Pattie Dance)The Capris

16 CAROL (Country Boogie)Tommy Roe or Chuck Berry

17 YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE (Chez Vous)The Supremes

18 FIRST I LOOK AT THE PURSE (Wagner)The Contours

19 GET DOWN (Get Down)Haarvey Scales & The 7 Sounds

20 BILA (Weejee Walk)The Versatones

21 (THEY CALL ME) JESSE JAMES (D & D)The Dreams

22 KEEP ON LOVING ME (Cha Cha)Frances Nero

23 TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA (South Street)The Marvelettes

24 THE STROLL (Stroll)The Diamonds

25 TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (Wagner)Kim Weston

26 I'M READY FOR LOVE (Chez Vous)The Supremes

27 AMAZONS AND COYOTES (Stomp)The Dreamlovers

28 SOUTH STREET (South Street)The Orlons

29 GOT TO GIVE IT UP (Slow Fizz)Marvin Gaye

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Or, some of these.....

1 GET ON UP (THE ESQUIRES)

2 CAN YOU DO IT (THE CONTOURS)

3 CO0L JERK (THE CAPITOLS)

4 PART-TIME PARTY-TIME MAN (PARTTIME PARTY BAND)

5 BEACH FEVER (GENERAL JOHNSON)

6 DOWN BY THE OCEAN (THE EXCEPTIONS)

7 GIMMEE A LITTLE SIGN (BRENTON WOOD)

8 GIRLS, IT AINT EASY (HONEYCONE)

9 (I'M JUST A) FOOL FOR YOU (GENE CHANDLER)

10 AINT IT THE TRUTH (MARY WELLS)

11 WHILE YOU'RE OUT LOOKIN' FOR SUGAR (HONEYCONE)

12 JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING (THE CONTOURS)

13 DON'T BE SORE AT ME (THE PARLIAMENTS)

14 AINT GONNA KISS YA (THE RIBBONS)

15 SHE BLEW A GOOD THING (THE POETS)

16 SAD LITTLE SONGS (BRENTON WOOD)

17 DON'T BE ANGRY (NAPPY BROWN)

18 ZOOM (FAT LARRY'S BAND)

19 (I WANNA) TESTIFY ( THE PARLIAMENTS)

20 KEEP ON LOVING ME (FRANCES NERO)

21 THE OOGUM BOOGUM SONG (BRENTON WOOD)

22 I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE (MARVE JOHNSON)

23 BABY, YOU GOT IT (BRENTON WOOD)

24 IN PARADISE (THE SHOWMEN)

25 KISSING IN THE BACK ROW..(THE DRIFTERS)

26 GIMMEE GIMMEE GOOD LOVING (CRAZY ELEPHANT)

27 SWEET SOUL MUSIC (ARTHUR CONLEY)

28 AND GET AWAY (THE ESQUIRES)

Yes, I can dance.

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Uncle Joe, maybe you should come to the reception and teach my husband to be how to dance. I love um but, damn, the man has no rhythm on the dance floor!!! I keep telling him that less is more when it comes to movement on the dance floor but he just can't seem to control himself. :happybanana: Unfortunately, you might have to put some clothes on. Dress is casual, but I think your attire might be just a little over the top! Thanks for all the suggestions.

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"Superfreak" by Rick James

"Kodachrome" by Paul Simon

"He's So Shy" by the Pointer Sisters

"Crocodile Rock" by Elton John

"Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers

"Got to Give it Up" by Marvin Gaye

"Rock and Roll Pt. 2" by Gary Glitter

"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry

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I do about 20 weddings a years and the songs that I use to get people on the floor are listed. There are a few tricks to this, though. Remember that a lot of the folks will leave after the dinner and obligatory moments (cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss), so don't be alarmed if you see a mass exodus. The ones remaining are there for the party. Or to get so drunk their spouse starts to look good again.

Try to do the older stuff (60's, disco) first, this allows you to get all of the family up and having fun. Most of your older relatives aren't gonna respond to Nelly, 50 cent, Ja Rule or Lil Jon. Save that for when the fogies go home and you and the bridesmaids and groomsmen are ready to tear it up.

Listen to each song you choose to make sure it has a danceable beat. A song may pop into mind as being cool, but when you play it you may find that, while it makes your toe tap, it doesn't quite have the get up and dance rhythm.

For the equipment: You may want to rent what's called a head (amp and mixer in one) with a few speakers, speaker stands, wires to connect them and appropriate power cords. Home speakers just don't create enough low end (bass sound) to dance. This will allow you to feed the cd player in along with a microphone (if you wanna rent one) to do the announcements.

For the dinner I would suggest upbeat motown, upbeat contemporary country and upbeat adult contemporary. Can't go wrong with mixing in Frank Sinatra or upbeat Big Band Music as well. You want songs that folks are familiar with and will get them in a happy mood. I would avoid those slow and soulfull songs unless you're using them as slow dance songs or you're gonna save 'em for the honeymoon. :o. You want to keep the mood as festive as possible.

Before anyone blasts me for being trite or predictable, remember that this is a gathering of many generations and ages, so the trick is to keep everyone as happy as possible. No, I don't listen to alot of this stuff at home, but it works for diverse crowds. So, here are some of the tunes I play on a regular basis at weddings:

YMCA - Village People

You're the One that I want - Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (from Grease soundtrack)

Respect - Aretha Franklin

I will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk Version

Twist and Shout - Beatles Version

Shout - Otis Day and the Knights version from Animal House

Sweet Home Alabama - Skynyrd

Sam And Dave - Soul Man

Bitch - Meredith Brooks (if your Bridesmaids are into it, otherwise the song falls flat)

Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) - Marcia Griffiths

Booty Call - not sure off the top of my head

Cha Cha Slide - Casper

Da Butt - EU

Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-lot

Yeah - Usher

Get Low - Lil Jon

Shake Ya Tailfeather - Nelly

Strokin' - Clarence Carter

In Da Club - 50 Cent

Commodores - Brick House

Wild Cherry - Play that Funky Music

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Nelly - Hot In Herre

Marvin Gaye - Let's get it on

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

Lil Kim - Magic Stick

Sarah Conner - Bounce (some versions have a long intro)

Juvenile - Back tha thing up

Sean Paul - Get busy

DMX - Party Up

Black Eyed Peas - Let's get it started

Outkast - I Like the way you move, Hey Ya!

Terror Squad - Lean back

Frankie Valli & The Four Season - Oh What A Night (December '63)

Sister Sledge - We are Family

Gap Band - You Dropped the Bomb On me

*I could go on with this list for quite a while, but you get the idea. If you want, I can give you more ideas on danceable country, 80's and 90's or classic party rock.*

Good Luck!

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