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The Curtis Center Wedding of Ashley and Michael

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The majority of effort that goes into planning and executing a fantastic wedding reception is completed before a single song gets played. During the planning process, the staff at Cutting Edge Entertainment will ask a variety of probing questions to align our own wedding expertise with the vision of our clients. When I first meet a new client I make it known that in my experience as a Wedding DJ, the most successful wedding receptions are the result of finding the perfect balance between “classy” and “fun”. It’s important for the event to be a true celebration, crammed with cheering, singing, dancing, joy and making merry, with a dash of silliness; but “traditional” in the sense that weddings come with a particular set of expectations. The wedding of Ashley and Michael last July is the perfect example of an event that found the proverbial “sweet spot”.

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On July 25, 2015 in the Atrium at the Curtis Center in Center City Philadelphia, Ashley and Michael – along with their friends and family – shook the floor, celebrated and made every “selfie” count. From the introductions that included classic songs like the 1970s hit “Still the One” by Orleans and the even more well known “Oh, What A Night” by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for their parents and a variety of Jay-Z and Beyonce tracks for the Bridal Party… this couple knew how to make it work. The musical curve ball of the evening came when they selected “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent to begin their Cake Cutting ceremony, but switched to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard to keep the mood light and fun while adhering to the “sweet, candy, dessert” topic of song bearing relevance to the moment.

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After a delicious dinner and a few more formalities it was time to take over the dance floor. As a Wedding DJ, one of the greatest barometers for success is when the furthest and most remote corners of the floor are packed with bodies enjoying every beat, which was certainly the case here. Ashley took advantage of the fun with her selfie-stick and captured many moments from her own perspective, including a few images with yours truly.

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Thank you to the staff at the Curtis Center for their hospitality and amazing food, your staff were/are a pleasure to work with and it is always great knowing that all of the event professionals are working together in concert with the ultimate goal being a fantastic wedding reception. To that end,  a special thanks to Ken Lee and Marsella Studio for the great photos and for allowing us to feature these images on our blog post.

As a Wedding DJ, a collection of smiles is all the proof I need to know this was another successful party and the start of another wonderful marriage. Ashley and Michael, it was an honor to work with you and to share in your special day.

-DJ Brian


Images courtesy of Marsella Studio


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Wedding DJ and Lighting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania






Cutting Edge @ July 27, 2016

The High Point Wedding of Erin and Dan

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On Saturday May 21st, I had the pleasure of working with Erin and Dan at the stunningly beautiful High Point in Malvern. Although it was my first time at this venue, the vintage-styled barn facility is absolutely breathtaking, and wowed me when I first walked in. Both sides of the venue were lined with windows that displayed the stunning landscape at High Point, and served as an amazing backdrop to the wedding reception.

The tone of the evening was set early as far as the dancing was concerned just after the heartfelt Father/Daughter dance when Dan and his mom took to the floor for their Mother/Son dance. Usually, the groom picks a song for he and his mother and they share their sentimental moment. However, Dan and his mother decided to spice it up a bit and after a minute and a half of “My Wish” by the Rascal Flatts, they broke out in a choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk”.  It was the most original mother son dance I have ever seen, and they certainly gave the party some extra “umph” before the dancing went into full swing.

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The dance floor was packed from the moment that the dinner service ended, and remained that way as we worked our way through the years and genres of music. We hung in the 90’s for a great deal of the night as it was both Dan and Erin’s favorite era, and relived them through some Jock Jams and the timeless classic (old-school) Hip-Hop. Their energy and commitment to the dance floor truly made for an extra special party, because when the bride and groom are out there, their guests are certain to follow.

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As part of my usual microphone banter, I explain the great dilemma when it comes time for cutting the cake. It is a crucial moment in the newly married couple’s life when they face their biggest decision as a couple, to be naughty or nice? As the above picture reveals, they chose to be naughty and smash the cake in each others faces… moments the Photographer captured perfectly.

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Adrienne from Adrienne Matz Photography was a pleasure to work with as well as the staff from Queen of Hearts Catering.  It takes a great team of wedding professionals to make a reception great, and I could not have asked for a better team that day.

Looking back on the party, with all the dancing and great music being considered, the thing I will take away is truly feeling in the presence of love. This is nothing really revolutionary for a wedding, because of course that is the atmosphere. But something stood out with them. It was something so wonderful to be a part of and to see.

As for Erin and Dan, I wish you many years of health and happiness and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be such a big part of your day. Do not forget about our Sea Isle deal!

All the best,

~ DJ Steve


Images courtesy of Adrienne Matz Photography


The High Point


Wedding DJ and Lighting
  Chester County, Pennsylvania




Cutting Edge @ June 29, 2016

The Union Trust Wedding of Kelly and Ian

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Kelly and Ian’s wedding reception was held on Friday, February 19th at the Union Trust in Philadelphia, and they chose Cutting Edge Entertainment to provide the DJ and music. Although Union Trust is a newer venue, we’ve already done quite a few parties,events and of course wedding receptions there, and looking at our upcoming calendar of events it looks like we have many more coming in the months ahead.

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I met with Kelly and Ian a few weeks prior to their wedding. We call this meeting the “wrap-up meeting”, because it’s where we go over all the final details with the couple regarding their wedding reception and the role we are expected to play. We go over a comprehensive time line with our clients in order to help them plan the exact order of all of the formalities, while reviewing all of their music selections as well. Each wedding is different and it is very important that we take the time to get to know the bride and groom in order to best serve them. I want to learn what kind of music they like, and more importantly which kinds they don’t like. One of my goals for each wedding I do is to make sure I give the bride and groom the wedding that they have envisioned. This is a big day in both of their lives, and I make it my mission to make their wedding even better than they could have imagined.

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Once we completed the formal introductions, the bride and groom took center stage for their first dance as husband and wife. After the formalities ended, dinner was brought out by the catering staff. As the Wedding DJ, I’m always pleased to see well-fed guests as this group was going to need their energy because once dinner was over, it’s time to celebrate. Like most of my weddings, this was a great group who were out on the dance floor all night, singing along while I played “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five, and twisting the night away with “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, and of course we played plenty of fun Bruce Springsteen music (a special request by the bride and groom). A great party with only one negative side effect at the end… a lot of sore feet; quite common when dancing non-stop for two hours straight.

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The bride and groom – Kelly and Ian – were wonderful to work with. They are blessed to have such an amazing group of family and friends that clearly loved to dance and celebrate with them their wedding day, which made the party a great time for all. Of course it’s always a privilege to work at the Union Trust and with the awesome folks from Finley Catering. The Photographer for the day was the very awesome JPG Photography. Finally, a big thank you to Kelly and Ian for having us DJ the wedding. Congratulations, and all the best to you both in your future together as husband and wife!

Your DJ,

-Richie

Images courtesy of JPG Photography


Union Trust


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




Cutting Edge @ June 27, 2016

The Cairnwood Wedding of Lacey and Baris

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On Saturday afternoon, March 12th of 2016 I had the opportunity once again to MC a wedding at one of my absolute favorite venues, the Cairnwood Mansion in Bryn Athyn, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I like the staff, the venue, and the fact that it’s located only a few short minutes drive from our office. However, the thing I like most about Cairnwood is that each and every wedding or party I do there is uniquely different. In other words, it never gets boring at Cairnwood. There are so many different caterers, decorators, planners, florists and other event professionals that all bring their own individual style, enhancing the event and adding something new and different to each event I do there.

Lacey and Baris were a really fun couple to work with, and we had a blast at our wrap up meeting a couple weeks prior to the wedding. The meeting we had lasted about two hours and I believe it was good for Lacey and Baris to get to know me better and gain confidence in my ability to rock out their wedding. For me, getting to know them was more like making new friends than working with a client, and as it turned out we had so much in common.

Their wedding was one of the highlights of my month, and of course when I DJ a wedding I consider it a team effort, and the wedding can not be successful unless all of the wedding professionals work in sync. The caterer for the wedding reception was Sage Catering, and Noelle and Nicole from Femina Photo and Design did an awesome job capturing the images of the event. Noelle and Nicole are superstar photographers that do a great work. Finally, a successful wedding can’t be complete without the bride and groom, and Lacey and Baris were perfect.

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Thank you so much Lacey and Baris, and wishing you both the best of everything in your lives together as husband and wife!!

-Richie

Images courtesy of Femina Photo + Design


Cairnwood


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania





Cutting Edge @ June 20, 2016

10 Great Love Songs from 1988

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This was the year that the drug known as “crack” was first acknowledged by the media and law enforcement, Iran-Contra was a thing, a man named Osama bin Laden formed a group called Al-Qaeda, the first computer virus – the worm – was unleashed on the internet, George H. W. Bush was elected as President of the United States and a group of NASA scientists announce the existence of something called “global warming”.  Not a very promising year.

In 1988 the average movie ticket cost $3.50, gasoline cost 91 cents a gallon in the U.S. and a Logitech Mouse cost $89.99… Oh how times have changed.  In music we lost Andy Gibb, Chet Baker, Son House and Roy Orbison while some someday-to-be artists like Rihanna and Adele were born.

Insofar as love songs in popular music 1988 was an interesting and eclectic year with the early-eighties sound quietly giving way to a newer sound that would carry into the next decade.  Below you will find a list of some of the best love songs released in 1988, so scroll to the bottom of the page, click play, and re-live the memories.

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“Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison

Twenty-four years after he topped the chart with another loving song “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and seven years after his last Top 40 appearance, former Beatle George Harrison rocketed to the number one spot with this upbeat love ditty released in late 1987, which remained on the Billboard Top 40 for fifteen weeks, and it would be the last of three #1 solo hits for the artist.

“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson

Some might argue this is the best Michael Jackson song ever, although there is no argument that it is likely his best and highest charting love song, reaching #1 on almost every U.S. chart.  This is a fun and danceable love song which, like any other great love song, finds a new way to say “I love you”.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

With a powerful voice and a face like Richie Cunningham British pop sensation Rick Astley burst on the scene Rick-rolling us all before we even knew what that meant.  The third love song on this list to reach #1 on the Billboard Pop charts, and the first hit for Astley altogether went Certified Gold in 1988, and as the title suggests, sings of unfaltering love.

“Out Of The Blue” by Debbie Gibson

Sometimes known as the original Britney Spears, Debbie Gibson was the quintessential pop girl, filling the late 80s with bubblegum and love.  “Out Of The Blue” reached the number three spot on the Billboard Pop 40 charts in early 1988.

“Together Forever” by Rick Astley

Back again, Rick Astley’s second Top 40 hit climbed to #1 on the charts only months after his first hit, and was perhaps an even more powerful love song than “Never Gonna Give You Up”.  Two number one hits in less than three months is an impressive feat in itself, but two strong (and danceable) love songs is especially unique.

“Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’arby

Terence Trent D’arby was a true 1988 man, with “Sign Your Name” being one of three Top 40 hits he had that year, and then he quietly disappeared into chart oblivion.  This interesting and pseudo-sexy love song reached #4 on the Billboard Pop charts in mid to late 1988.

“I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne

This is the first song on our list suitable for a slow dance, so it’s no surprise that it was a wedding first dance classic.  The title pretty much sums up the spirit of the tune, and although it peaked at #3, “I’ll Always Love You” was Certified Gold selling over a million records.  Unquestionably one of the best ballads on this list.

“Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins

Another slow ballad and another Certified Gold record, “Groovy Kind Of Love” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40, and was also a popular wedding selection through the late 80s and early 90s.  The lyrics are filled with fuzzy love, although Phil Collins may have slightly overused the word “blue” in the lyrics just a bit, it’s still a great love song.

“Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS

In the spirit of INXS and the late Michael Hutchence, this is the INXS interpretation of a love song, and it’s pretty awesome.  Although it only reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1988, it is a quintessential representation of what is typically considered the sound of the 80s, and an outstanding love song to boot.

“Giving You The Best That I Got” by Anita Baker

Anita Baker put out a string of great love songs in the mid to late 1980s, and 1988 was no exception.  “Giving You The Best That I Got” made its appearance on the Billboard Top 40 in October of 1988, climbing to #3 shortly after.  This is a fine slow R&B/Jazz-infused love ballad and a great wedding selection for a first dance, cocktails, or just great background for a romantic dinner.

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So there’s the list; ten great love songs from 1988 in the order of their appearance on the Top 40 charts.  Each song has been vetted, listened to (again and again) and evaluated with the lyrics read and scrutinized to weed out any proper nouns (girls/guys names) troubled love like breakups, infidelity, done-me-wrong or lost love lyrics or and sort of unrequited love (like when the person doesn’t love you back).  They’re safe for a wedding first dance, or just to dedicate to someone you love.

Love the love…

-Craig

Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.




Cutting Edge @ May 25, 2016

Trish and Shawn’s Sofitel Philadelphia Wedding

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In September of 2015 I had the honor and privilege of being chosen as the Wedding DJ for Trish and Shawn’s wedding reception, held at the Sofitel, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I met Trish and Shawn months prior to their wedding. We sat for about an hour in our office going over what they are looking for with the music for their reception. Like most people I meet with they know some songs they want, but were also looking for help from me to fill in some of the blanks. When a couple decides to book Cutting Edge Entertainment for their wedding, we make it clear that our work begins months before the actual day. We spend hours with our clients on the phone, via email, and in our wrap up meeting going over music. While some other professional Wedding DJ companies may just have the bride and groom fill out an online planning guide, I feel part of my job is to make picking out the music as easy and fun as possible.

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When the big day for Trish and Shawn finally came, my assistant DJ and I arrived at the Sofitel about two hours before the start of the ceremony. We quickly got set up and settled in, before the roughly one hundred and fifty guests arrived. Being prepared is paramount to success. The ceremony was held on the property, and we were happy to provide a microphone for the Officiant and the vows. Sometimes it is necessary during the ceremony to have a microphone to guarantee everything is heard by all attendees, a service we are accustomed to providing. Following the ceremony we provided music for the cocktail hour, but were very conscious of the volume of the music. Of course we want people to hear the music we are playing, but, at the same time, we don’t want people shouting at each other as they are trying to mix and mingle. Once cocktail hour was over, guests headed into the ballroom, where we introduced the parents, bridal party, and our bride and groom. Once we introduced Trish and Shawn into the room, we had them begin their first dance.

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Trish and Shawn are definitely both party animals, and they really wanted for all of their guests to have a great time. They picked the right Wedding DJ for the job, because getting (and keeping) people out on the dance floor happens to be my specialty. I played everything from “Shout” by Otis Day and The Knights to “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, and everyone had a blast. One thing remained the same… It didn’t hurt that this crowd was ready to go as soon as dinner was over, and did not stop until the reception came to a close.

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Now, of course, I can’t take all the credit for the success of the party. I worked together with the fantastic staff at Sofitel, who did a great job and were easy to work with. Delicious food is a key element to a successful party, and the food was outstanding. I also worked alongside Sal of Baiada Photography. They took some great pictures from the party, and although we have worked with them before, this is the first time we have had the opportunity to feature their fun and festive party pictures on our blog. As always they rocked, and I can’t wait to work with them again.

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A few weeks after the wedding Trish left this very kind review on The Knot…

Richie from Cutting Edge DJ’d our wedding Sept 18th and it was perfect! From our initial meeting, Richie put me at ease and it was easy to make the decision to book. The process was seamless and he knew exactly what to do. He gave us the timeline for the evening that we needed, assisted with song selections that we were struggling with and had everything set up and ready to go for our ceremony. I highly recommend Richie and Cutting Edge, they are amazing.


Thank you again to Trish and Shawn for choosing Cutting Edge Entertainment as your Wedding DJ, and wishing you both all the best life has to offer.

-Richie


Images courtesy of Baiada Photography


Sofitel Philadelphia


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Cutting Edge @ May 4, 2016

Belle’s Sweet Bat Mitzvah at The Fuge

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This past June, I had the pleasure of doing the Bat Mitzvah for the daughter of some very good friends of the owner of Cutting Edge Entertainment, and let me tell you… there is nothing like the extra pressure of knowing that your boss might be stopping by. However – my boss happens to have really cool friends, and Belle’s parents were no exception. I had met them prior to them coming in to our office. but when we finally got together to hammer out the details,I knew that they were going to be a lot of fun. At first, we played a little bit of Jewish geography and then we started to talk and plan out Belle’s Bat Mitzvah.

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Belle can be summed up in one word… awesome! She was excited and enthusiastic from start to finish, and as it would turn out, her friends were equally cool. The theme for the Bat Mitzvah was candy, which is one of my favorite themes incorporating virtually unlimited colors, fun centerpieces and all sorts of other extremely creative ideas. This party was held at The Fuge which is an awesome venue for a party. From the moment cocktail hour ended I could feel the infectious energy just boiling over. The adults and the kids rocked with us on the dance floor until it was time for the grand entrance and there isn’t a better place if you want to come in like a star (or from the stars). Belle was waiting in the Centrifuge chamber, and emerged from a cloud of smoke in quite a dramatic introduction. It was awesome.

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The kids participated in every game, contest, dance and activity. My staff and I had them involved in all the games and then jammed out to all the latest dances while the adults finished their meals. After the adults finished, they came out and joined the kids on the dance floor, dancing from classics like The Jackson Five and Whitney Houston all the way thru to today’s hits. It was great to see so many familiar faces out there on the dance floor celebrating, quite a few of whom I’d performed as MC and DJ at their children’s Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah.

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Thank you to Boris from Classic Photo and Video for allowing us to use these images, and to the staff of The Fuge.  Most importantly, Mazel Tov to Belle, her parents Lisa and Lee and her cool little brother Sam. Thank you for allowing me and my staff to celebrate in your Simcha. You were a lot of fun to work with and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

-Marc

A few weeks after the event, Belle’s parents left this five-star review on Facebook…

Cutting Edge did our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in June. What an incredible party it was and Cutting Edge was a huge part of that. From our first meeting to the end of the party everything was awesome. Marc was our MC and he and his staff were highly energetic and kept the party going. The dancers were top notch and the adults enjoyed them as much as the kids. If you are looking to have a party that rocks wit h a staff that knows how to treat their clients the right way you have to hire Cutting Edge!



Images courtesy of Classic Photo and Video


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Cutting Edge @ April 25, 2016

To DJ Villanova History

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Cutting Edge Entertainment had the honor and privilege of being the DJ at the NCAA Final Four Championship game viewing party hosted at the Villanova Pavilion at Villanova University on Monday night, April 4, 2016.  DJ Brian and DJ Chris took turns spinning the tunes, while DJ Chris took to the microphone getting the crowd of well over 5,000 fans pumped up from the moment the entered the Pavilion.

The first half of the game was neck and neck, but that didn’t dissuade the throngs of Nova fans from cheering on the home team, while the DJ Duo of Brian and Chris kept tunes spinning at halftime.

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The second half was much like the first, a tight game, until Villanova took a ten-point lead with about five minutes remaining. The Villanova lead wouldn’t last as North Carolina raced to close the gap, which led to one of the greatest sequences in college basketball history. If sports are about “moments” then this game created two that will be remembered forever. As the clock ticked to its final seconds, UNC’s Marcus Paige hit a one-footed off-balance double-clutch shot that would mean the likely end of Nova’s title run….until…

Many of you reading this have probably seen the replay, or even experienced it on live television; but, it can be replayed and looped until basketball is an after-thought. A desperation streak up the court by Villanova Senior Guard Ryan Arcidiacono cleared enough space for Kris Jenkins to hit the shot that will live forever. A clean look, a smooth release and the sweetest sound in basketball created a thunderous roar that was heard throughout the Delaware Valley.  Although our DJ Duo had a difficult time hearing one another throughout the game, at this point the audience cheers were near deafening.

In 1985, an underdog school from the suburbs of Philadelphia played a near-perfect game to defeat one of college basketballs elite programs at the peak of their success. That team shocked the sports world and put themselves on the map. The 2016 version of this team has been riding the thoughtful coaching of Jay Wright to consistent victories and yearly trips to the NCAA tournament for over a decade. Last night was the final brick on a basketball program built for success, and it only needed one thing to prove it belonged with the “traditional powers”.

A championship…mission accomplished.

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DJ Brian dropped Queen’s “We Are The Champions” as the crowd filed out of the Villanova Pavilion to begin celebrating.  We’d like to say we “rocked the house”, but the real rockers of the night were the Nova Nation.  On behalf of Cutting Edge Entertainment, we would like to say congratulations to Villanova on your epic win, and thank you for choosing us to be a part of this historic occasion.



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Cutting Edge @ April 5, 2016

8 Great Love Songs from 1987

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In 1987 in the United States you could buy a new Ford Mustang GT for $12,000.00 and fill up the tank for 89 cents a gallon while drinking a Coca~Cola that cost 75 cents.  While Star Trek made its long-awaited return to television with The Next Generation, Bart Simpson made his television debut on The Tracy Ullman Show (remember Tracy Ullman?). Dirty Dancing, Full Metal Jacket, Predator, Fatal Attraction and The Princess Bride were amongst the most popular films released in 1987, and VHS tapes were still a thing.

In music, Aretha Franklin became the first female artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Beastie Boys became the first act to be censored on American Bandstand, and MTV Europe was launched.  We lost artists like Liberace, Buddy Rich, Fred Astaire and Peter Tosh while other future artists like Ke$ha, Hillary Duff and Kendrick Lamar were born.

Although 1987 was not a particularly remarkable year for great love songs, it did have a few tasty musical morsels.  The songs on this list are presented in the chronological order of their appearance on the Billboard Top 40 charts.

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“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

What began as Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, and then morphed into Jefferson Starship in the 1970s became simply “Starship” in the mid 1980s. Although perhaps best known for the somewhat suspect “We Built This City”, this 1987 love song was to be Starship’s second (and last) #1 hit.

“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” by Glenn Medeiros

This Gerry Goffin penned love song was originally recorded by George Benson, but never charted into the R&B or Pop Top 40.  Hawaiian born Glenn Medeiros cover of this poppy love ballad did chart, at #12 on the Billboard Pop Top 40.

“Always” by Atlantic Starr

Of all the love songs on this list, Atlantic Starr’s “Always” is arguably the most quintessential slow-dance ballad of them all.  A number one hit in 1987, “Always” is that perfect song for a wedding first dance or a love dedication.

“Doin’ It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News had an impressive string of hits starting in 1982 that wouldn’t fade until the early 1990s, and in the Huey Lewis tradition, his love songs were upbeat, fun and quirky.  “Doin’ It All For My Baby” fits that mold to a tee, and peaked on the Billboard charts at #6 in 1987.

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett

In the 1980s it was almost assured that a Michael Jackson tune would be somewhere in the Top 40, and in 1987 this tender duet went all the way to the number one spot in the United States, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, the U.K., Norway and The Netherlands.

“I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

From the blockbuster film Dirty Dancing, this award-winning love song holds a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for “Best Original Song” and a Grammy for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo”.  Unsurprisingly, it went to #1 and became Certified Gold while becoming one of the most popular wedding selections of it’s time.

“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle

This tune would be Belinda Carlisle’s second Top 10 solo hit, and the first and only number one Top 40 hit for the former Go-Go’s front girl. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” is an up-beat and fun love song that resonates everything positive about love.

“We’ll Be Together” by Sting

Sting wrote and recorded this musically quirky Peter Gabriel-esque love song, while lyrically finding a way to say “I love you” in an abstract Cole Porter style… a nod the creative genius of Sting.  “We’ll Be Together” rose to #7 on the Billboard Top 40 in late 1987.

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“Caught Up In The Rapture” by Anita Baker

This little love nugget almost missed the radar when compiling this list because although it charted at #6 on the U.S. R&B charts, it did not place on the Pop Top 40, which serves as the primary resource for these lists.  Thanks to the author’s background as a Wedding DJ apprentice in the late 1980s, this late-80s wedding standard and most excellent love song left a profound footprint.  Anita Baker got a lot of wedding airplay well into the early 90s, and rightfully so, “Caught Up In The Rapture” is just a great love song.

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And so concludes our list; ten great love songs from 1987 in the order of their appearance on the Top 40 charts.  Each song has been vetted, listened to (again and again) and evaluated with the lyrics read and scrutinized to weed out any proper nouns (girls/guys names) troubled love like breakups, infidelity, done-me-wrong or lost love lyrics or and sort of unrequited love (like when the person doesn’t love you back).  They’re safe for a wedding first dance, or just to dedicate to someone you love.

Love the love…

-Craig


Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.



Cutting Edge @ April 4, 2016

The Wedding of Sarah and Cory

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First dance

November was a great month full of amazing events for us at Cutting Edge Entertainment. One of those events was the wedding reception of Sarah and Corey, a couple I had an awesome time working with. The best part of working as a DJ is that I have fun at my job. At the office, at a party, meeting clients, or behind the mixer, most of the time I am having a blast. I have a great time meeting with brides and grooms and talking about their wedding, going through a timeline, finding out about the music they like to dance to and just visualizing the day with them. I feel that many folks choose to book Cutting Edge Entertainment because they have a good time meeting with myself and our staff, and if we can have fun in a meeting for an hour, it’s likely that we will have a great time at a four or five hour reception. I am confident that is why Sarah and Cory chose Cutting Edge Entertainment as their Wedding DJ.

Sarah happens to be one of the best kinds of brides… the party animal. She and Cory were definitely the stars of this show, and played up the role of bride and groom to the max. They were out their on the dance floor celebrating the entire time, and when I played a song like “All Star” by Smash Mouth, Sarah and her guests had no problem singing along. I played music that spanned all different genres and eras at this party. The guests partied to everything from “Shout” by Otis Day and the Knights to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, but the song of the night was definitely “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. As you can see by the images here in the blog post, this was an awesome crowd.

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Last pic

This was my first time working with photographer David Naples and he is the consummate professional, as well as a very talented photographer. He took some great shots and I appreciate him letting me feature these fun-filled images here on the blog post. Then, there are the bride and groom Sarah and Cory. You guys are awesome and I hoped you liked working with me as much as I enjoyed working with you. I wish you all of the best in your future together as husband and wife.

Thanks for reading!!

-DJ Richie

A few weeks after the wedding the bride posted the following testimonial on the Knot.com…

We had our wedding on November 14th, 2015. We started the planning process early, and we heard Cutting Edge (in particular DJ Richie) was a great vendor to use. I can honestly say that DJ Richie was more than just a DJ – he literally laid out the plan for the wedding reception timeline.  Not only does he know his way around a wedding, he kept people dancing (me especially) all night. So many people told us afterwards that the DJ was amazing. We are truly happy with our decision to use DJ Richie and Cutting Edge for our special day! If you have the opportunity of using DJ Richie, don’t even THINK about going with anyone else, seriously!



Images by David Naples Photography


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania





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