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Roaring 20s Great Gatsby 40th Birthday Party

February 6, 2016

A great night to be a Party DJ, London.  Carolina wanted her 40th to be a memorable affair and hit on a 20s, Great Gatsby themed evening as the best way to celebrate.  Great choice!  Without exception her guests dressed for the occasion and for one evening only Walkers of Whitehall became a roaring jazz joint.


Carolina is Colombian and so are many of her friends.  Therefore the music mix needed to include plenty of Latin as well as early jazz/swing/charleston tunes - see the full playlist below.   I planned to use electro swing and swing as transitional music to bridge from authentic 20s tunes to more modern party tunes, and that plan worked a treat.  As well as music I added just a little mood lighting to co-ordinate with the balloons.


 Reaching for the impossible - the American dream - as symbolised by the green light

 Lots of great dancing

 A great vibe all night

 Birthday girl Carolina enjoying a dance and a laugh


The full playlist for the evening was as follows:


Ace Brigode & His 14 Virginians -Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Gene Austin - Ain't She Sweet
Ben Selvin & His Orchestra - Baby Face
Ethel Waters - I Got Rhythm
Irving Aaronson & His Commanders - Let's Misbehave
Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - Black Bottom
The Benny Goodman Orchestra - Stompin' at the Savoy
Broadway Broadcasters - It Had to Be You
Ella Fitzgerald - I Want to Be Happy
Zelma O'Neal - I Want to Be Bad
Waring's Pennsylvanians - Button up Your Overcoat
Mound City Blue Blowers - Hello Lola
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - Charleston
Benny Goodman - Somebody Stole My Gal
Ben Bernie - Sweet Georgia Brown
Jean Goldkette & Bix Beiderbecke - I'm Looking over a Four-Leaf Clover
Chick Webb - If Dreams Come True
Golden Gate Orchestra - Glad Rag Doll
B. A. Rolfe & His Lucky Strike Orchestra - Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
Anson Weeks & His Orchestra - Rain, Rain, Go Away
The Picadilly Players - Sunny Skies
Mildred Bailey - Doin' the Uptown Lowdown
Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - That Lindy Hop
Jake Shilkret's Orchestra - If You Knew Susie
Chick Webb - Midnight in Harlem
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - St Louis Blues
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - Mississippi Mud (feat. Bix Beiderbecke)
Cole Porter - Anything Goes
Fats Waller - Spring Cleaning, Getting Ready for Love
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra - Let's Do It
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Fred Rich & His Orchestra - Singin' in the Rain
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra - Streamliner
Eddie Reed Big Band - Let Me Off Uptown
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Drop Me Off In Harlem
Jellyroll - Headbone
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - Oh Pappa Do
The Chazz Cats - The Joint is Jumpin'
Tim Tim - Rum'n'cocacola (Shake It Up Well)
Bebo Best & the Super Lounge Orchestra - Sing Sing Sing
Caro Emerald - Liquid Lunch
Tape Five - Bad Boy Good Man
Tape Five - A Cool Cat In Town (feat. Brenda Boykin)
Jamie Berry - Old Records
Fred Astaire - Puttin' On the Ritz (Club Des Belugas)
Iain MacKenzie - All Aboard
Swing Republic - I'm Leaving
DJ Dunya - Upside Down
Tomato Jack - Bei Mir Bist du Schoen
Juan Luis Guerra - Como Yo
Don Omar - Dile
Joe Arroyo - La Rebelion
Pete Rodriguez - I Like It Like That
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)
The B52's - Love Shack
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Salt 'N' Pepa - Push It
Justin Timberlake - Señorita
Usher Featuring Lil John and Ludacris - Yeah
Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On
Fruko Y Sus Tesos - El Preso
Calle 13 - Atrévete-Te-Te
Carlos Vives - Carito
Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up
Lucenzo - Danza Kuduro (Throw Your Hands Up)
Shakira - Loca (Feat. El Cata)
Tamarindo Seco
Grupo Niche - Cali Pachanguero
Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless) [Radio Mix)
Wamdue Project - King of My Castle (Radio Edit)
Phats and Small - Turn Around
Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Hank Ballard and The Midnighters - The Twist
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Joe Arroyo - La Noche
Don Omar - Pobre Diabla
Los Del Rio - Macarena
Grupo Niche - Buenaventura y Caney
Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
Outkast - Hey Ya!
Fish Go Deep & Tracey K - The Cure & The Cause
Moloko - The Time is Now
Diomedes Díaz & Ivan Zuleta - Caracolés de Colores
Celia Cruz - La Negra Tiene Tumbao
Shakira - Gordita (Feat. Residente Calleiz)
Charlie Valens - Guayando


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