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Haley and Nick’s Manufacturers’ C.C. Wedding

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On Saturday August 9, 2014 I had the pleasure of working with two friends of mine, Nick and Haley. These high school sweethearts were a pleasure to work with, and could not have been more excited for the special day. I was also given the opportunity to work with Linda and the rest of her incredible staff at the Manufacturers Golf and Country Club; they provided for a flawless evening, and from the perspective of a Wedding DJ were a pleasure to work with!

Although the 90’s took over most of the airways, the dance floor was packed with adults throughout the entire evening. For a couple that claims they are not huge dancers, Nick and Haley surprised even themselves by spending the entire evening on the floor surrounded by their family and friends. The couple was even able to share a special dance with their grandparents to “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton later on in the evening.  By the end of the night, the crowd broke out the “one more song” chant at least twice. This was one of the most energetic crowds, and it was with great joy I got to keep them on the floor all night playing some of my favorite songs. It is rare that my taste in music mirrors that of the bride and groom, but it certainly added to the energy of the evening.

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Jennifer Childress was the photographer for the wedding. She was absolutely amazing and a terrific to work with. One of the most challenging parts of my job is to make sure all the components of the event are working cohesively, and she – along with the great folks at Manufacturers’ Country Club – made it incredibly easy for me to do that, and made  the night run seamlessly without a hitch.

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I cannot thank this very special bride and groom enough for allowing me to be a part of their special day. This one will hold a special place in my heart for quite some time, and I am so humbled by sharing this night with such great people! Congrats Nick and Haley, and I wish you the best of luck in your journey together as husband and wife!

-Steve

I also want to thank Nick and Haley for taking the time to post this fantastic review on WeddingWire and Google only a week after their wedding reception:

My groom and I chose Cutting Edge Entertainment to provide the music, MC’ing, and fun on our wedding day. Without a doubt, they delivered on all accounts in a professional yet intimate fashion. Cutting Edge Entertainment’s DJ Steve acted as the DJ/MC extraordinaire throughout our top notch experience. About six months prior to our wedding we met with Steve and he immediately began addressing our questions and requests without problem (and continued to do so up until the last minute of the night!). From the get go it was clear that Steve was not a DJ who was out to boost his own ego by playing music of his own liking (a big fear of mine) but one who was able to adapt and personalize the entertainment so that we (and the guests) were the stars of the show. From the cocktail hour to first dances to a full-dance floor, Steve was able match the energy through his song choices (while also incorporating the songs that we requested be played in the appropriate spots). As far as his work as a master of ceremony, Steve made sure that everything went smoothly and timely according to the itinerary that was checked not only with us but also the caterer at the venue. His interaction with the bridal and groom parties and ourselves was sincere, meaningful, and most importantly fun! One tidbit that should reveal just how high quality of a DJ Steve actually was is the fact that both my husband and I label ourselves as non-dancers, danced from beginning to end (along with 75% of our guests). Multiple guests have already asked for information on Steve so clearly a positive impression was made on everyone who attended. If you choose to go with a DJ for your wedding, it would be a mistake not to book Cutting Entertainment’s DJ Steve Foltz.



Images Courtesy of Jennifer Childress Photography


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Cutting Edge @ August 20, 2014

Michelle and Marc’s Abington Art Center Wedding

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Bride and Groom

In May 2014 I was the Wedding DJ for Michelle and Marc’s wedding reception. The party was held at the Abington Art Center, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and Michelle and Marc were a fun, outgoing couple, whom I had a blast working with. As a Wedding DJ it’s important to play all sorts of music from all different genres and eras including many diverse artists. Many brides and grooms are concerned with making sure we play a little bit of something for everyone. In my opinion four to five hours is more than enough time to keep everyone happy, whether it be with Big Band, Jazz, Motown, Rock and Roll, or Top 40, I have no problem fitting it all in. This was very important to Michelle and Marc, simply because as in most wedding receptions, their guests varied in both age and musical taste.

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This was a wedding that I was anticipating for months, because I knew it was going to be a blast. We have been working at the Abington Art Center for many years and it’s always nice to work at a familiar place. Once cocktail hour ended, we brought everyone in to the pavilion and began our introductions. The parents, bridal party, and bride and groom each had came out and the guests were cheering so hard it almost overpowered the music. Once the first dance and toasts were finished, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal courtesy of the staff at Joshua’s Catering. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Land of a 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett to “Turn Down For What” by Lil Jon as well as tons of other great party hits in between. The bride and groom were out on the dance floor nearly the entire night, along with their roughly one hundred and twenty-five guests. It was a great time for all.

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Michelle and Marc are amazing, and I enjoyed getting to know them before the wedding and it was awesome to be a part of their celebration. I look forward to staying in touch with them, as they begin their lives together as husband and wife. I also had the opportunity to work Karmapants Photography, they did a great job. The pictures came out great and I appreciate Jenn for letting me feature them on the blog.

-Richie


Images courtesy of Karmapants Photography


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Cutting Edge @ August 20, 2014

Rachel and Joe’s Meadowlands C.C. Wedding

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Every once in a while I have the honor of being the DJ for a good friend’s wedding. That was the case on May 4th, when I packed my gear up and headed to Blue Bell, PA for Joe and Rachel’s wedding. I have known for Joe for many years, ever since college at Temple University. In fact we were in the same fraternity together, although Joe was a few years ahead of me, we became good friends. Even after all these years we still keep in touch through Facebook and the occasional get together. When he mentioned to me that he was getting married and wanted me to DJ, I was thrilled. Before they signed a contract, I met with Joe and Rachel. We had a great meeting, not only did we go over the wedding details, but got a chance to catch up, and I had the opportunity to get to know Rachel. I was ecstatic to see that such a great guy, was able to land such an amazing girl.

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This was a wedding that I had anticipated for months, just because I knew it was going to be blast. The wedding was held at The Meadowlands Country Club, which is a venue I have worked at countless times. Once cocktail hour ended, we brought everyone in to the ballroom and began our introductions. The parents, bridal party, and bride and groom each had came out and the guests were cheering so hard it almost overpowered the music. Once the first dance and toasts were finished, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal courtesy of the staff of the club. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” by the Temptations to “Yeah” by Usher as well as tons of other great party hits in between. The bride and groom were out on the dance floor nearly the entire party, along with their roughly two hundred guests. It was a great time for all.

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This wedding is the first blog post I’ve had the opportunity to feature from a reception I’ve done at the Meadowlands Country Club, and I am excited to finally do just that. I also had a great time working with Gabe and his staff from Philip Gabriel Photography, and want to thank them for letting me feature the images from the wedding on our blog. I also had the opportunity to work with Tim and his staff from Allure Films for the first time, and I am grateful that he took the time to edit some footage from the wedding for us to share on our blog.

Most importantly, I want to thank Rachel and Joe for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to rock their wedding. Wish you all the best.

-DJ Richie

A few weeks after the wedding the bride and groom were kind enough to post the following testimonial on Wedding Wire…

Richie Abrams with Cutting Edge Entertainment was our DJ/MC for our wedding reception 2 weeks ago. He provided music for both our ceremony and reception. We were extremely happy with how smoothly everything went! Not only did we have people of all ages on the dance floor all night, but we got many compliments from our guests after the wedding about the variety of music..there was truly something for everyone. He had the ability to feel out the crowd and cater song selection to keep everyone on the dance floor, while at the same time ensuring all the songs we requested were played. Richie was also very knowledgeable about the Jewish traditions, which allowed us to seamlessly incorporate the hora and Jewish blessings into our reception. He also checked in frequently throughout the night to make sure everything ran according to schedule.

We highly recommend Richie and Cutting Edge Entertainment!



Images courtesy of Philip Gabriel Photography

Video courtesy of Allure Films

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Cutting Edge @ August 13, 2014

The Manor House Wedding of Jessica and Carey

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One of my favorite couples I had the opportunity work with this spring were Jessica and Carey. I enjoyed working with them because they were so excited for their wedding reception (which makes for a great party), and also because they were very easy to get along with so it was a lot of fun getting to know both of them. This wedding was held at the Manor House at Commonwealth, and I had the chance to work with the very awesome Richard, Cristy, and the rest of the incredible staff at this awesome venue. It is important that there be plenty of communication between the kitchen and the DJ, to ensure that the event runs smoothly, and the folks at Commonwealth excel at this. At this wedding, I knew that once guests were seated, they would be immediately served their meals. The best run weddings are the ones where there is no stop in the action, everybody is either watching (or participating in) a formality (such as the first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, etc.), eating, or on the dance floor doing their thing.

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This was a great crowd to DJ for, as the dance floor was packed from the moment dinner ended. I usually start my first dance set with music geared to older guests, and play some oldies, Motown, Disco, and Funk, then later on in the night I segue into some of the more current hits. The reason I do it this way is because older guests are the ones that tend to leave earlier in the night, and I have found that younger people – for the most part – will dance to music from older generations, while many older guests are hesitant to dance to popular music of today. As the Wedding DJ, it is my job to play music and get guests of all generations out there during the course of the reception. Jessica and Carey were dancing most of the night, and their family and friends were right out there with them.  It was truly a celebration.

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The photographer for this event was Tara from Silver Orchid Photography. She had her work cut out for her, as the dance floor was filled with guests dancing and partying. I had a great time at this wedding, because I was able to play a lot of different music from different genres, eras, and artists. Everything was played from The Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas. I love my job and it is especially fun for me when the bride and groom along with their guests are open to many different types of music, and don’t hesitate to just have fun,

Thank you again Jessica and Carey, and the best of luck to you in your lives as husband and wife.

-DJ Richie


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Cutting Edge @ August 6, 2014

8 Great Love Songs from 1979

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The last year of the 70s decade introduced us to the Nickelodeon cable television network, the Compact Disc, the McDonalds Happy Meal, the Sony Walkman and the Ayatollah Khomeini. 1978 gave us a second Rocky movie, a Muppet Movie, and reunited the original cast of Star Trek for their first motion picture, while in sports, the City of Pittsburgh won both a Super Bowl and a World Series.

In music, American Bandstand featured the debut of the “Y.M.C.A. Dance”, Godfather of Soul James Brown performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and the biggest hit single of the year 1979 was “Heart of Glass” by Blondie.

The love songs of 1979 were eclectic, and admittedly this was the hardest list to compile of all the years of that decade.  Surprisingly, this interesting mix of eight great love songs is musically more of an echo of the 1970s than a glimpse into the 1980s, but all are great love songs just the same.  Scroll down, press play, and love the love of 1979.

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“Stumblin’ In” by Suzi Quatro (and Chris Norman)

The only Top 40 hit for rockin’ Bass player and songstress Suzi Quatro, this one-hit-wonder of a love duet reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard chart, and its cutesy back and forth lyrics poke fun at the recklessness of love. Suzi was likely best known in the U.S. as the character Leather Tuscadero from the hit show Happy Days.

“Reunited” by Peaches and Herb

This ballad is almost not a “good love” song, in that it sings of a breakup.  Yet, the lyrics of this duet reveal they stayed true (“I can’t go cheating, I can’t play – I found it very hard to stay away””) with both partners rejoicing at being “Reunited”  This was a mega-hit in 1979, holding the #1 spot on both the Pop and R&B charts for four weeks, going Platinum as well.

“You Take My Breath Away” by Rex Smith

In the 1970s, Rex Smith was a teen idol with dashing good looks and a cult following, yet “You Take My Breath Away” was his highest chart hit reaching #10 in 1979, with his only other Top 40 appearance in 1981 with a remake of “Everlasting Love”.  Regardless, this great love song is a beautiful and sincere love ballad.

“You Can’t Change That” by Raydio

Written by Raydio singer Ray Parker Jr. (Ray-dio), “You Can’t Chance That” is a declaration of love, which suggests that no matter what she changes, they can’t change how strong his feelings of love are.  This love song broke the Top 10 in 1979, clocking in at #9 on the Pop chart, and #3 on the R&B.

“I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by KISS

The first single to be released from the otherwise-known-as-a-rock-band KISS was either as rocking as a Disco song could be, or the other way around.  Reaching a peak position of #11 on the Billboard charts, the chorus of this tune sings of reciprocal love, with verses repeating “I can’t get enough”.  The laser sound effects over the latter part of this love song were probably added to enhance the band’s stage pyrotechnics.

“Heaven Must Have Sent You” by Bonnie Pointer

And the beat goes on… Yet another Disco love song, this 1979 Bonnie Pointer hit was originally recorded by another Motown act – The Elgins – in 1966, missing the Pop Top 40.  This Pointer sister’s version reached #11, and the title pretty much sums up the sentiment.

“Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” by Robert Palmer

Quasi-Disco, this rocker from semi-newcomer Robert Palmer would be his last Top 40 hit until his short-lived comeback in the late 1980s, but in 1979, this tune reached #14 on the Billboard charts, making the comparison of love as an illness, albeit the good kind if there ever were such a thing.

“You Decorated My Life” by Kenny Rogers

A great love song, but a bit of a snoozer, “You Decorated My Life” reached the #1 spot on both the U.S. and Canadian Country charts, but stalled at #7 on the Billboard Pop Top 40.  The familiar theme of “I was lost and nowhere until you came along” is always a favorite, and in 1979 – amidst a Disco boom – Kenny Rogers was in all his glory.

Only one of the love songs on this list reached #1, and it’s the song barely made it.  It isn’t so much that love was fading, but instead that the 1970s ended with a bit of a musical thud.  It wasn’t until I concluded my lists for each year that I realized the last of the decade was the least remarkable, although there are a few gems on the list that give it a bit of redemption.

Each song on this list has been vetted for proper nouns (girls/guys names), or any hint of bad love like breakups, infidelity and/or done-me-wrong themes (with the slight exception of “Reunited”).  Otherwise, the 1970s came to an otherwise unremarkable love song end.

Be sure to check out our other love song lists of the 1970s.

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 @ August 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Wedding of Michelle and Gavin

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March was a great month full of amazing events for us at Cutting Edge Entertainment. One of those events was the wedding reception of Michelle and Gavin, 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 Michelle and Gavin chose Cutting Edge Entertainment as their Wedding DJ.

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Michelle happens to be one of the best kinds of brides… the party animal. She and Gavin 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 “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, Michelle 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 “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond to “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, but the song of the night was definitely “The Cupid Shuffle”.  As you can see by the images here in the blog post, this was an awesome crowd.

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This was my second time working with photographer Michelle Evans and she is the consummate professional, as well as a very talented photographer. She took some great shots and I appreciate her letting me feature these fun-filled images here on the blog post. Then, there are the bride and groom Michelle and Gavin. 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
Chief of Customer Happiness
Cutting Edge Entertainment


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Cutting Edge @ August 1, 2014

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ

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Guest Blog Post from Rebecca Richman

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ (and not your friend or favorite Apple product)

As technology has improved over the course of the last ten years, we’ve seen a trend emerge; couples deciding to use an iPod instead of a DJ at the wedding reception. Now, as a wedding planner who deals with a lot of different budgets and financial scenarios I can certainly appreciate the need to cut costs but entertainment is 100% the worst place to look for that cut. Your reception entertainment can either make or break your party, it sets the mood for the entire event and if not done well can result in an empty dance floor.

Here are my 5 reasons why you should always hire a professional DJ and not try to substitute with your uncle and an iPod.


1. A professional DJ has the proper equipment for your event. While I know that speakers look huge and look like they can carry sound throughout a room properly, there is a delicate balance between filling a reception venue with sound and not blasting your guests away with blaring music. A professional DJ will have professional equipment to properly fill a venue of any size with the music. They will also have mics for speeches and backups if something fails. Nothing could be worse than dancing away to a killer playlist and all of a sudden having a screeching halt to the music when a speaker blows or watching your guests go outside to get away from the blaring sound.

2. A professional DJ will come with experience in acting as the MC for the evening and he will be able to make professional announcements for things like the Maid of Honor speech and cake cutting. He isn’t intimidated to speak in front of a large crowd so having someone who is already comfortable (and not a few drinks in) is important.

3. Playlist selection and pacing is so incredibly important. Some brides argue that with an iPod they have complete control over the music selection but in my opinion, why would you want that? I personally have no idea how to pace music throughout the course of an evening to ensure that all of your guests are enjoying the night. I also don’t have a library of music in my head that I can reference at a moment’s notice. Why wouldn’t you instead want to make a selection of must play songs for your DJ and then allow him/her to pick the right songs at the right time to ensure your dance floor is packed all night long? They have a much better knowledge base of music and understanding of how to pace a party than all of us do.

4. Insurance is something I recommend to most of my clients regardless of their entertainment selection but it’s even more important if you’re deciding to use an iPod setup as opposed to a professional DJ. DJ companies carry liability insurance that will cover them in the event that their equipment injures someone (imagine Aunt Margie tripping over wires), or should their equipment cause an electrical fire and burns down the property but if you’re the one putting a speaker in the space you are ultimately responsible for anything that would happen as a result.

5. In the end, you’re not really saving that much by using an iPod. In order to get a proper playlist of music for your event you’ll have to purchase between $60-$70 worth of music, you’ll need an iPod ($200), a reasonable sound system ($250), a backup in case the other quits on you ($150), microphones for toasts ($75), and insurance ($200). Right there, you’re $925 in on the iPod idea. On top of it, you’re going to have to ask a friend or an uncle to man the iPod all night to make sure that it doesn’t stop suddenly and to make announcements to your guests. So in the end, I have to ask, is that really worth it?


At the end of the night, your guests aren’t going to remember if you decided to use the reception chairs instead of chiavari chairs, they aren’t going to remember if you decided to use a backup sheet cake and faux layers in your wedding cake, or that you decided not to give out favors.

What they will remember is how much their feet hurt the next day because they danced the night away to all of their favorite music played by a professional and trusted DJ.

-Rebecca
Rebecca Richman Events



Rebecca Richman has been planning weddings and events in the Philadelphia area since 2007, and was mentored by Master Planner Mark Kingsdorf.  Rebecca is not only the consummate professional herself, but as a great planner, truly understands the nuances of each moving part of an event as well as the role of each event professional.  We are happy to feature Rebecca here on our blog as a guest blogger, because she really knows her stuff.  This is the second guest post Rebecca has shared with us, the first time being in 2010 with her article “Tips From a Planner On Hiring Your DJ”.

Thank you Rebecca,

Craig
Director
Cutting Edge Entertainment






Cutting Edge @ July 30, 2014

12 Great Love Songs from 1978

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1978 was the year of the 50th Academy Awards, and Annie Hall beat out Star Wars for Best Picture; The Doobie Brothers make a guest appearance on ABC’s What’s Happening!!, and The Blues Brothers made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live.  A host of iconic television shows made their debut in 1978, like Fantasy Island, Dallas, The Incredible Hulk, 20/20, Taxi, Mork & Mindy, WKRP in Cincinnati, Diff’rent Strokes and Battlestar Gallactica, while other 70s classics like The Six Million Dollar Man, Maude and Columbo came to an end.

In music, Saturday Night Fever became a cultural phenomenon; Grace Slick leaves Jefferson Starship and Van Halen released their debut self-titled album. The film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band featuring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton bombed at the box office in 1978, while the movie-musical Grease became the highest grossing film of the year.

Below are twelve of the best love songs of 1978, most by artists that had no footprint a decade earlier.  Half of the love songs on the list were released in August of that year.  Scroll to the bottom of the list, click play, and relive the love of 1978.

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“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel

Rumor has it that this classic love song – written by Billy Joel himself – was not a personal favorite, and it was at the urging of Linda Ronstadt – who happened to be in the studio at the time – that Billy recorded it at all..  Lucky she did, as it was to be Billy Joel’s first Top 10 hit.  Initially reaching the Top 40 in December of 1977, it climbed to #3 in early 1978 and held that position for two weeks.

“Always And Forever” by Heatwave

Perhaps one of the most popular slow dance songs of the late 1970s and the 1980s at proms and weddings, it never actually scratched the Top 10 although it is still one of the most recognizable ballads of the era.  “Always And Forever” stalled at #18 on the Billboard Pop Top 40 charts and #16 on the R&B charts.

“The Closer I Get To You” by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

The first of three duets on this list, “The Closer I Get To You” is a tender and romantic ballad, bordering on sexy-time.  Flack and Hathaway are well matched, and the chemistry is undeniable, making the lyrical dialogue believable and beautiful.  This tune came one short of the top spot, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Top 40.

“Count On Me” by Jefferson Starship

“Count On Me” is the most notable song of the Jefferson Starship album Earth, released in 1977.  The single reached the Top 40 on March 25 of 1978, reaching #8.  This piano driven song features Marty Balin on lead vocal, and as the title suggests, has the singer pledging that his love can count on him and his love.

“You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

This duet from the motion picture soundtrack of Grease is pure fun.  It is a playful love song which makes an innocuous jest at the “shape up or ship out” theme, while, being a duet, has the back-and-forth of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John joining in unison at the end, reassuring “you’re the one that I want”.  This upbeat sing-along classic topped the charts at #1 in 1978.

“Love Is In The Air” by John Paul Young

Disco, disco, disco!  This 1978 one-hit-wonder might just make you spontaneously start dancing to its infectious electro tambourine rhythm in a Carlton Banks kind of way (it was later actually covered by Tom Jones).  It’s 1970s cheese at its best, fun and danceable and a true hustle song, while its lyrics rejoice in love.  “Love Is In The Air” made it into the Top 10, reaching #7 on the Pop charts.

“Got To Get You Into My Life” by Earth, Wind & Fire

This funked-up love song was written by Paul McCartney and originally recorded by The Beatles in 1966, and although never released as a single, remained a standard on the McCartney touring set list.  The 1978 Earth, Wind & Fire version was featured in the flop film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that same year, but was so awesome it reached #9 on the Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart. In spite of the awful movie from whence it came, this is a powerful, semi-danceable mega-hit, and a lyrically perfect love song.

“Kiss You All Over” by Exile

A number one single in the United States for four weeks, “Kiss You All Over” is a 70s Soft Rock classic, and as the title suggests, it promises a shower of kisses amongst other things.  Certainly one of the sillier songs on this list, it is nonetheless an undeniably loving-sentiment love song, and its chart position clearly reflects the music tastes of 1978.

“Whenever I Call You “Friend”” by Kenny Loggins (with Stevie Nicks)

The third duet on this list, the unlikely one-time teaming of Kenny Loggins and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks created an upbeat fun and super happy love song.  Stevie was never actually credited on the single, which reached #5 on the Pop Top 40, making this Kenny Loggins first solo appearance on the Billboard Top 40 charts.  The back and forth lyrical dialogue is bouncy and uplifting, especially the catchy chorus.  This one is easily one of my personal favorites, and pure 1978 love. J

“You Needed Me” by Anne Murray

Another number one hit from 1978, “You Needed Me” is a bit more melancholy, with its theme being that of unconditional undeserved love.  At the same time, from the side of the subject, it sure is nice to be appreciated. This would prove to be the last tune from Canadian songstress Anne Murray to break the Top 10 on the U.S. Top 40 Billboard charts.

“Right Down The Line” by Gerry Rafferty

This 1978 love song from former Stealers Wheel front man Gerry Rafferty is really a hidden gem.  It is certainly steeped in a very 70s sound, while its lyrics speak to an unending and unwavering love that will, as the tile states, remain right down the line.  One of the more clever love songs ever written, it makes for a great dedication, and rightfully reached #12 in late 1978.

“I Just Wanna Stop” by Gino Vannelli

A great slow dance, and a great love song, with this disclaimer; the opening line sings “When I think about those nights in Montreal”, alluding to a specific experience with a proper noun named city.  I’ve avoided this scenario in all of the previous love songs, but let this one slip because – aside from affairs in Montreal – this is a classic 1978 love song.  Vanelli happened to be born in Montreal, Quebec, which is perhaps why this tune soared to #1 on the Canadian charts, while stalling at #4 in the U.S.

So there you have it, a dozen of the greatest love songs of 1978.  Each song has been sifted with care, listening to the lyrics again and again to ensure they sang of only the best kind of feel-good fuzzy love.  The songs are listed in the order of their appearance on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 chart, and are among some of the best love songs of the 1970s.

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 @ July 28, 2014

Sharon and Nathan’s Knowlton Mansion Wedding

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I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Sharon and Nathan, the bride and groom from this wedding. Sharon and Nathan were laid back and their primary concern was with making sure that their friends and family had a great time at their wedding reception. At our wrap up meeting just prior to the wedding, we spent a lot of time going over the music for the ceremony, dinner, and dancing. We sat together for a while just listening to music and looking for the perfect grand entrance, cake cutting, and parent dance songs. The best part of my job is getting to know my clients and share in their excitement for their big day, and sitting down with them face to face really gives me the chance to do just that.

This wedding was a lot of fun to be a part of as the Wedding DJ, and the energy of the bride, groom and all their guests was contagious. I have worked with some brides and grooms in the past that sometime worry that not many guests will dance, because they are shy or just not big dancers – when I hear that I always smile, because most times these couples underestimate their guests. People do not get all dressed up in their fancy suits or dresses to just sit at their table and listen to music; they came to have a great time and because they love you and want to celebrate your special day with you. I feel it is up to me to make sure I create that fun, relaxed environment to allow people to let loose and party hard. Now of course the bartender always helps us out, we will never deny that, and once the party begins it’s the DJ that makes sure all of the guests are out there, whether they are dancing, singing along, or just clapping their hands off to the side, I know they’re having a good time. In my opinion, once the party is over – and days, weeks, months and even years go by, you may forget what you ate, you may forget what you wore, there is even a good chance you may forget what kind of music we played, but you should always be able to remember the great time you had.

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As always I enjoyed working with Tiffany from Tiffany Atlas Wedding Photography, and I look forward to working with her again in the future. She is very talented and was great to work alongside with. Thank you for letting me feature these images for the readers of our blog to see. As always, the staff at Knowlton Mansion and Conroy Catering did an outstanding job. The entire staff there is amazing and I enjoy working with them. And of course, it is pretty easy to have a good party when you are working with a great couple like Sharon and Nathan. Thank you again for having us be a part of your wedding day, it was my pleasure to be your Wedding DJ!

-Richie

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Cutting Edge @ July 23, 2014

12 Great Love Songs from 1977

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Love Songs from 1977

It was the year of a 25 hour blackout in New York City and the release of the Atari 2600 game system. British Airways inaugurated regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service, while Reggie Jackson led the New York Yankees to a World Series Win over the L.A. Dodgers and the Toronto Blue Jays played their first baseball game. It is also the year Quarterback Tom Brady was born.

In 1977, Disco was in full swing, the Punk scene was just emerging (The Sex Pistols were kicked from two record labels that year), and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was released to become the then best selling album of all time. Bands Van Halen, The Police, The Cars and Devo are signed to record labels, while three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd – including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant – are killed in an airplane crash. 1977 was also the year we lost crooner Bing Crosby and the King, Elvis Presley, left the building.

Yet love found a way in 1977, and several notable musical babies were born that year like Jason Mraz, Shakira, John Mayer, Fiona Apple, Kanye West and Robin Thicke. Check out the list below for twelve great love songs from the third to the last decade of the 1970s, and scroll down to click play so you might listen as you reminisce.

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“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer

This tune won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1978. It actually debuted on the Pop Top 40 charts in November of 1976 and topped the U.S. and Canadian Billboard charts at #1 in 1977. It’s a fun and flirtatious love song that’s one part Disco and two parts Pop, and its repeated chorus which merely repeats the title is infectious. What better way to express the elation of love than the title (and chorus) of this tune?

“After The Lovin’” by Engelbert Humperdinck

This sentimental love song is a slow dance classic, and was the last U.S. Top 40 appearance of the peculiarly named artist Engelbert Humperdinck. It’s arrangement, tone and lyrics have a distinctly Popular Standard sound, which, although a #8 Top 40 hit of 1977, makes this powerful love ballad virtually timeless.

“Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” by Barbra Streisand

This moving love song was penned by Paul Williams for the 1976 motion picture A Star Is Born and delivered by the brilliant voice of Barbra Streisand. This 1977 hit was Streisand’s second #1 Top 40 Billboard chart hit, and its lyrics transcend the trap of a movie theme or song, singing of the glory and awe of good love, ageless and ever green.

“Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney & Wings

Written as a dedication to his wife Linda, McCartney wrote this love song in 1969, originally releasing it in 1970 on his album McCartney, which was never released as a single and hence never charted. It was the live version from the album Wings over America that was released as a single on February 4, 1977 climbing to its peak position of #10 on the charts that year.

“When I Need You” by Leo Sayer

The second love song on this list by British singer Leo Sayer, and his second #1 song on the Pop Top 40 charts (two in one year; not too shabby). The lyrics – while unquestionably vowing love – suggest some sort of long-distance relationship with the sentiment being that with a little patience and time the lovers will come together, but their love remains unwavering.

“I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb

This was the first U.S. single to be released by non-Bee Gees brother Andy Gibb, where it debuted on the Billboard Top 40 in late May of 1977, reaching the top of the charts in late June and holding the position for a non-consecutive four weeks, being bumped by “Best Of My Love” by The Emotions for a week only to return to the #1 spot the week after. A great love song, and a declaration of boundless love.

“(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher”

A Top 10 hit for Jackie Wilson in 1967, it reached #6 on the Pop Top 40. Ten years later, with a slightly different title, Rita Coolidge covered the Soul classic, almost entirely omitting the chorus of the original Jackie Wilson version. This more mid-tempo version from 1977 reached the #2 spot and was the Top 40 debut for 70s songstress Rita Coolidge.

“Best Of My Love” by The Emotions

The 1977 Disco hit “Best Of My Love” was written by the members of Earth, Wind & Fire, and literally battled back and forth with another love song on this list – Andy Gibb’s “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” for the top spot, winning out in the end with a cumulative five weeks at #1. The title sums up the theme of this love song with a catchy chorus and endearing love lyrics.

“Just Remember I Love You” by Firefall

The 1970s Soft-Rock group Firefall reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts with this love song, but failed to break the Pop Top 10, stalling at #11. Regardless, as the title suggests, this love song falls into the “I’ll be there for you no matter what” sub-genre of love songs (a popular theme), with a love-filled uplifting message of encouragement.

“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone

Debby Boone loved the Lord, or at least that’s what she claims she was thinking of when she recorded this song. Whether love for the Lord or a dedication to a beloved or betrothed, this mega-hit from 1977 spent ten weeks in the #1 Billboard Top 40 charts, the first to do so since Elvis Presley did it in 1956 with “Don’t Be Cruel”. This love song won Debby Grammys for Best New Artist and Song of the Year (tied with Barbara Streisand’s “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)”).

“How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees

“How Deep Is Your Love” was the first single to be released from the soundtrack of the motion picture Saturday Night Fever, prior to the release of the film. An anthem of the Disco sub-culture of the 1970s, this love song remained in the Top 10 for a record-breaking seventeen consecutive weeks, and holding the #1 spot on the Pop Top 40 for three weeks.

“You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac

Written and performed by Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, and the fourth Top 10 hit from the album Rumors by Fleetwood Mac. “You Make Loving Fun” was arguably Fleetwood Mac’s dip into the Disco pool, while receiving strong Rock radio airplay. The title suggests what we sometimes forget, that love should be made fun. Although “You Make Loving Fun” broke the Top 10, it stalled at a peak #9 position on the Pop Top 40 Billboard charts.

 

This list of 12 love songs from 1977 are listed in order of their appearance on the Top 40 charts, and have been carefully checked and re-checked for any lyrics that might suggest heartache, breakup, lost love or infidelity, leaving some of only the very best love songs of the year. Any of these tunes would make for a great dedication of love, with over half of them being #1 hits, proving that love was as popular as ever.

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 @ July 21, 2014

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