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Destination Wedding Charleston | The Music Of Philadelphia

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Hall & Oates are the pride of Philadelphia, PA and are a must play for Philadelphia couples doing a destination wedding in Charleston Hall & Oates are the pride of Philadelphia, PA and are a must play for Philadelphia couples doing a destination wedding in Charleston CBS Photo Archive. Copyright 2015

Ranked #2 in the country and very high up in the ranks for the world for destination weddings, the allure of Charleston as a wedding destination continues to be stronger than ever. The combination of fine dining, rich history, beautiful beaches, as well as plantations and gardens make it irresistible to recently engaged couples all over the country, including those couples living in and around the greater Philaldelphia area. Destination couples that hire Mike Bills Entertainment tend to bring a piece of their city to Charleston. That "piece" of their city or town is generally related to the music of their area. I've seen lots of couples place artists and bands from their geographical location into their playlist. Today starts another blog series that you are not going to want to miss, especially if you are a destination wedding couple coming to Charleston to get married from some of the major metropolitan areas across America. Today, we begin with the greater Philadelphia area. There isn't a wedding season that goes by that I don't see web inquiries from the Philadelphia area. A most memorable couple from the Philaldelphia was "Reese & Courtney". Check back through some of the more recent blog posts to see a real wedding playlist from their epic day at Boone Hall in April 2014. It should be no surprise that the birthplace of American Bandstand is going to come with it a hot bed of musical talent.

If you are coming from the greater Philadelphia area to Charleston to get married, feel free to use this blog post to assist in bringing the Philadelphia flavor down south to one of the most beautiful places in America to get married. Those folks living in Cherry Hill, King Of Prussia, West Philadelphia, Camden, Chester, PA and Swarthmore, I invite you to take a close look at this blog post spotlighting some of Philadelphia's finest when it comes to music. And when you are in the hunt for a true professional wedding DJ in Charleston who is super friendly to destination wedding couples from all around American, let's talk soon.

1. Chubby Checker: The guy who made it cool for parents to dance to teeny bopper music? "The Twist" is Billboard's most popular single on the charts since 1958. If you aren't a fan of "The Twist", perhaps a little "Limbo Rock" might be in your future or if you'd like to keep twisting, "Let's Twist Again"


Let's Twist Again

2. Will Smith: He grew up in West Philadelphia and attended Overbrook High School.  Don't think twice about adding some DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince to your playlist, even some solo Will Smith will be awesome.

3. McFadden & Whitehead:  If you have some folks coming down to Charleston who like the disco and funk of Philadelphia, this is a must play. One of the biggest songs of the disco era came from Phillie. It's got a great party beat to it. Take a listen.

4. Hall & Oates: The most successful duo in music history came from Philadelphia.  An incredible mixture of rhythm and blues with a little pop from the 80s, that's what you get with Hall & Oates.  There have been many times where I've thrown in "You Make My Dreams" for the bridal party introduction. Hey it's something to think about, but folks who come to Charleston from the Phillie area generally throw in some of Hall & Oates in their playlists.

I Can't Go For That

5. The Hooters: They came to MTV by way of Philadelphia in the mid 80s with party anthems like this. If you want to add some 80s flavor into your playlist, this would be huge. I can already see you and your bridal party and guests dancing to this 80s classic down here. 

6. Amos Lee:  A little bit of soul, a little bit of folk is what you get from this very talented musician. Born in Phillie, and graduated from the University of South Carolina. Since 2004, he's worked with Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, The Dave Matthews Band, Adele, and Zac Brown just to name a few. 

7. Boys II Men: Beautiful acappella harmonies from these guys for sure. Back in 1992, they broke a record held by Elvis with having a number one song stay at the top of the charts for 13 straight weeks. Then in 1994, it was collaboration with Mariah Carey that produced "One Sweet Day". As a couple coming to Charleston for your destination wedding, what an incredible song to describe your stay in the Holy City.



8. Jim Croce: Coming from the south Philadelphia area, Jim released five studio records before his untimely death at the age of 30 in 1973.  "Time In A Bottle" has been used numerous times for a speciality dance like the father/daughter or mother /son dance.

9. Patti Labelle: She fronted a group in the early 60s called Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, but by the mid 1970s she was contributing to the disco movement with songs like "Lady Marmalade".  Her duet with Michael McDonald in 1986 "On My Own" is a great track, but probably not too wedding friendly. 

10. Danny & The Juniors: Quintessential 50s track here with a taste of doo-wop from Philadelphia. I can't stop thinking about Dick Clark and American Bandstand when I hear this song. Add it into your playlist right after that Chubby Checker song up above.

11. Toni Basil: Mickey, Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind. Antonia Basilotta had one of those iconic music videos on MTV in 1982 with this song. Another iconic 80s track from Philadelphia. Don't forget to throw it into your 80s section of your playlist.

12. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes:  Soul music from Philadelphia at it's finest, epsecially during the 1970s.  "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (later covered by Simply Red) in the 80s was a memorable track from 1972. Add some into your playlist for some Philly soul during your wedding.

I hope if you are living in the Philadelphia area and are looking at Charleston for your wedding destination that you have enjoyed this blog post giving you a brief history of some of the big musicians from Philadelphia. Look for more of these types of blogs in the coming weeks. It is an honor to be a wedding vendor that provides an exceptional wedding DJ experience for destination wedding couples in Charleston. If you are a destination wedding couple and are in the hunt for your wedding vendors and would like to set up a consultation through Skype, click HERE I would love to discuss music for your upcoming Charleston wedding. 

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