A Sound Track to Equal Marriage

After several well intentioned new years resolutions, I have finally sat down with a cup of tea and decided to start blogging.  To ease me into it I thought i’d share with you some articles i’ve written in the past for other websites and publications.   Here’s a fun playlist I assembled when gay marriage was legalised in the UK for Pink Wedding Venues.

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A Sound Track to Equal Marriage

Last week we were all lucky enough to see a huge (and long awaited) change to the ancient tradition of marriage; the legal system now reflects the growing support for equal rights in the UK and for the first time in history marriage is truly symbolic of unconditional love and love only.  However this got me thinking… In the countless first dances I have provided the music for (before Uncle Berty pulls an unwilling bridesmaid onto the dancefloor) it feels like it is just the couple and me taking that first dance as a married couple.  So perhaps that is the reason I feel so compelled by equal marriage, more so than the fact it means one day I’ll be able to marry my adoring spouse, just as my parents did decades ago.  I believe I feel compelled because I’ve taken my first dance over and over, and for the first time in history I won’t feel alienated from a practice that by definition excluded me… yet so often I was an intimate part of.

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When we started performing at weddings I realised very quickly that nearly all our songs are about sex, debauchery and heart break, perhaps not the most romantic thing for a wedding day.  Yet I firmly believe that few genres can transcend time so well, and can be loved by granddad and granddaughter all the same. More than not, like all songs, it always comes down to love.  However now I’ve got something new to think about, we’re a 1950s band performing at gay weddings…considering the politics of the time, this seems somewhat ironic, or so you may think…

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So, here’s my LGBT playlist from the ‘30s – ‘60s, no reason why a gay wedding should lack a good vintage sound track! Some songs by queer artists, some who play with gender, etc:

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Vintage LGBTQ Playlist

  • Little Richard- Tutti Frutti
  • Johnny Mathis – It’s Not For Me to Say
  • Lesley Gore – It’s My Party
  • Dusty Springfield – Son Of a Preacher
  • Man Ma Rainey – Prove It On Me Blues
  • Bessie Jackson – B.D Blues
  • Frankie “half-pint” Jaxson – My Daddy Rocks Me With One Steady Roll
  • Douglas Byng and Lance Lister – Cabaret Boys
  • Rae Bourbon – Let Me Tell You About My Operation
  • Jose Sarria – A Good Man Is Hard To Find
  • Lisa Ben – Frankie & Johnny
  • Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
  • Frances Faye – Night and Day
  • Gladys Bentley – Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head

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If this small selection of LGBT artists/subject matters still isn’t your cup of tea here’s a wonderful playlist of vintage tracks without gender pronouns.

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Out of that entire playlist of talented LGBT performers from the chaste decades of the 30s-60s my favourite artist has to be the woman who inspired Elvis Presley and had several lesbian relationships to boot.  The wonderful Sister Rosetta Tharpe.