For the 92nd installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, we focus on musical acts from and associated with the city of Philadelphia. Coincidentally our playlist coincides with this past weekend’s first Super Bowl championship ever by the Philadelphia Eagles!
The playlist contains a strong representation of the “Philadelphia Soul” sound forged by producers Gamble & Huff. Sir Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom” was composed at the request of tennis champion Billie Jean King and orchestrated with the Philadelphia Soul sound in mind. Philadelphia-born sax player Grover Washington Jr. composed “Let It Flow” as a homage for his favorite 76ers player Julius Erving, aka “Dr. J”. On the electronica front, included in the set are productions from King Britt, Josh Wink and poetess Ursula Rucker.
For a signature drink, we’ve selected a historical spiced ale from Yards Brewing Company. “Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce” is based on Benjamin Franklin’s original recipe, which called for barley, molasses and essence of spruce. Yards uses real spruce clippings in its recipe. The beer is available in “Ales of the Revolution” six and twelve packs.
Immediately after the playlist, listen to the tracks on the accompany Spotify playlist.
The Philadelphia Freedom Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient
- Sara Smile – Daryl Hall & John Oates
- La-La Means I Love You – The Delfonics
- When Somebody Loves You Back – Teddy Pendergrass
- So In Love – Jill Scott w/ Anthony Hamilton
- Let it Flow (for “Dr. J.”) – Grover Washington, Jr.
- The Reason – King Britt, Sylk 130, Vicki Miles
- Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
- T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MSFB, The Three Degrees
- Giving My Love – Janice McClain
- Time to Chill – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Freh
- b.u.d.d.y. – Musiq Soulchild
- Love Train – The O’Jays
- Motown Philly – Boyz II Men
- New Attitude – Patti Labelle
- Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”) – Bill Conti
- And We Danced – The Hooters
- The Next Movement – The Roots, J. Period
- Just Kickin’ It – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
- Sixth Sense (Booty in the Butta Mix) – Josh Wink w/ Ursula Rucker
Listen on Spotify
About Ambient DJ Service
Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company specializing in weddings and servicing Philadelphia. To book DJ Gregg Ambient or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.
To view our 2018 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 90 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here
Attention Philadelphia Eagles Fans
DJ icon DJ Jazzy Jeff (a Philadelphia native) recently recorded this mini-mix in recognition of the Eagles Super Bowl appearance (and victory!):