Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:42

Sinatra For The Hour. Charleston Weddings Cocktail Playlist

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Frank Sinatra passed away back in 1998, but his music will live on forever at Charleston weddings all over Frank Sinatra passed away back in 1998, but his music will live on forever at Charleston weddings all over

Hello there! You wouldn't really know it, but the autumnal equinox (the beginning of the Fall season for those of you who are not weather nerds) happened a few minutes past 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon. You wouldn't know it because we had temperatures in the 80s with a bit of humidty still. It's certainly not July or August Charleston humidity, but there is enough to keep us from giving the air conditioner a much needed break from this summer. The beginning of Fall coincides very nicely with the start of the Fall wedding season here in Charleston at Mike Bills Entertainment. "Katie & Paul" will have a huge gala at the Francis Marion Hotel tonight and then we move over to the magnificent Creek Club at Ion on October 1 for "Katie & Ricky". Be on the lookout for more upcoming "real wedding stories and playlists" about these lovely couples and many more to come up on the blog in October and November as the season in Charleston really gets cranked up.

In keeping with my ever burning desire to keep the content on this blog some of the freshest there is in Charleston, I offer you yet another Charleston wedding cocktail playlist idea. Sinatra. That's right! Ole blue eyes Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra has to be one of the most popular requests on all of my wedding playlists.  Some music critics have referred to him as one of the greatest singers of the entire 20th century, and how could you debate that? His voice was simply incredible and his music has become iconic at Charleston area weddings. Whether it's a first dance or any other special dance through the night, Sinatra's music will live on forever. As I've mentioned before, your cocktail hour playlist is really what you make of it. The music of Frank Sinatra is just one idea, but you could also incorporate other similar artists into the mix. For the purpose of this blog, we'll focus on some of the greatest music written and performed by the one and only Frank Sinatra.

1. "Chicago" | 1957
Frank Sinatra might have been born in Hoboken, New Jersey, but he made the people of Chicago very happy when he covered this famous song written in 1922 by Fred Fisher. When I hear it, I think about the times I went to Chicago and cruised a little down Lake Shore Drive.

2. "I Only Have Eyes For You" | 1945
Written in 1934 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, ole blue eyes did a cover of it in 1945, a few years after signing with the Columbia record label. The Flamingos made it even more popular in 1959.

3. "My Kind Of Town" | 1964
You can find this track on the record "Sinatra '65" The Singer Today.  Originally composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by the great Sammy Cahn, Sinatra recorded this song back in 1964 and it was released on the Reprise Records label. It's actually another song that invokes thoughts of the great city of Chicago.

4. "The Way You Look Tonight" | 1964
Probably one of the most popular requests by ole blue eyes at weddings all over Charleston.  The song actually as a duet between another golden voice, Bing Crosby along with his wife back in 1936.  Fast forward to 1961, the Lettermen also covered the song giving them a Top 20 hit.

5. "Luck Be A Lady" | 1964
This song was originally written by Frank Loesser back in 1950, and featured in the musical Guys And Dolls.  You can find it on his compilation "Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre" and also on Sinatra 65: The Singer Today. Back in 1994, he recorded the song with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

6. "Fly Me To The Moon" | 1964
The original name of this song was "In Other Words". Kaye Ballard was the first to sing it back in 1954, and just 10 years later Sinatra covered it. His version became closely related to the missions of Apollo going to the moon back during that time. 

7. "Come Fly With Me" | 1958
Another track written by the duo of Sammy Cohn and Jimmy Van Heusen back in 1957, Sinatra went on to record this song back in the Fall of 1957 as the title cut of the forthcoming album which would be released in January 1958.

8. "I've Got You Under My Skin" | 1956
This song was actually written back in 1936 by the late great Cole Porter.  It's hard to not describe almost all of Sinatra's work as "signature", but if you had to create a category for signature Sinatra, this track would be in it. Enjoy it at your cocktail hour over at the luxurious Daniel Island Club.

9.  "Theme From New York, New York" | 1979
Liza Minelli first performed it in 1977 but it was in 1979 that ole blue eyes covered it and made it absolutely one of the most popular songs in his career.  Be sure to check out the Martin Scorsese film from 1977 titled New York, New York. Also look for a "New York State Of Mind" themed cocktail hour playlist coming in the next few days keeping with my geographical theme that I started back during the spring with songs from the biggest cities in America that brides and grooms travel from to Charleston.

10. "Love And Marriage" | 1955
Lyrics for this song were once again written by the late great Sammy Cahn, and the music by Jimmy Van Heusen.  You can hear it on his 1956 album "This Is Sinatra". You can also hear it if you look up the 80s and 90s sitcom "Married With Children" on Netflix or Hulu. The song was used in the opening credits of that famous TV show.

Once again, Frank Sinatra is one of the most requested artists at weddings all around the greater Charleston area. You can really do anything you want for your cocktail hour, as the possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination. If you wanted to mix it up a tad and not do a solid set of Sinatra, you could throw in some more Rat Pack artists like the great Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.  Have fun with creating your wedding playlists! If you are enjoying these blog posts and want an even more greater selection of playlist ideas and DJ tips, I invite you to check back over my blog as there are many posts about playlists and real weddings. And if you are ready to sit down and begin planning the perfect mix of music for your upcoming Charleston wedding and are in the search of a true professional and polished wedding DJ, click HERE to tell me a little more about your upcoming day.

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