The Chicken Slacks wedding playlist

Our 2017 playlist

Jazz for a cocktail set
(The Chicken Slacks play all jazz standards!)

Instrumentals for introductions, cake cutting, etc…

Back to the Chicken Shack—Jimmy Smith
Can’t Turn You Lose—Otis Redding
Cold Sweat—James Brown
Peter Gunn—Henry Mancini
Soul Finger—Willie Mitchell
Theme from Shaft—Isaac Hayes

Instrumentals for a dinner set

All Blues—Miles Davis
All of Me—Simons and Marks
All the Things You Are—Hammerstein and Kern
Black Orpheus—Louis Bonfi
Blue Bossa—Kenny Dorham
Coming Home, Baby—Herbie Mann
Fly Me to the Moon—Bart Howard
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy—Cannonball Adderley
Mr. Magic—Grover Washington
Night and Day—Cole Porter
The Girl from Ipanema—Antonio Carlos Jobim
There Will Never Be Another You—Warren and Gordon

Mellow songs for a dinner set

Baby, I Love You—Aretha Franklin
Bring it on Home—Sam Cooke
Can I Change My Mind—Tyrone Davis
Dock of the Bay—Otis Redding
Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You—Wilson Pickett
Let’s Stay Together—Al Green
My Girl—The Temptations
Nothing Can Change this Love—Sam Cooke
Stand by Me—Ben E. King
What a Wonderful World it Would Be—Sam Cooke
Wonderful World—Louis Armstrong
You Send Me—Sam Cooke

Dance instrumentals

Back at the Chicken Shack— Jimmy Smith
Bootleg—Booker T and the MGs
Cissy Strut—The Meters
Cold Sweat—James Brown
Fish Head—Slim and the Soulful Saints
Hook and Sling—Eddie Bo
Never Loved a Man—Bar-Kays
Night Train (funk version)—James Brown
Peter Gunn—Henry Mancini
Put it Where You Want It—The Crusaders
Memphis Soul Stew—King Curtis
New Orleans Second Line—Stop, Inc.
Soul Finger—Willie Mitchell
Time is Tight—Booker T and the MGs

Soul ballads for dance sets

A Change is Gonna Come—Sam Cooke
Dock of the Bay—Otis Redding
I Never Found Me a Girl—Eddie Floyd
I’ve Been Loving You—Otis Redding
Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes—Taj Mahal
Long as I Can See the Light—John Fogerty
Nothing Can Change this Love—Sam Cooke
Stand by Me—Ben E. King
That’s How Strong my Love Is—Otis Redding
Try Me—James Brown
Wonderful World—Louis Armstrong
You Are the Best Thing—Ray LaMontagne
You Send Me—Sam Cooke

Motown and Top 40 soul hits

634-5789—Wilson Pickett
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg—The Temptations
Barefootin’—Bobby Parker
Can I Change my Mind—Tyrone Davis
Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You—Wilson Pickett
Express Yourself—Charles Wright and the 103 Street Band 
Get Ready (Here I Come)—The Temptations
Lonely Teardrops—Jackie Wilson
Higher and Higher—Jackie Wilson
Hold On, I’m Coming—Sam and Dave
House Party—Show Stoppers/J. Geils
How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You—Marvin Gaye
I’m a Roadrunner, Baby—Jr. Walker and the All Stars
I Wish—Stevie Wonder
Knock on Wood—Eddie Floyd
Midnight Hour—Wilson Pickett
Proud Mary—Ike and Tina Turner
Shout—Isley Brothers
Signed, Sealed, Delivered—Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke—Stevie Wonder
Soul Man—Sam and Dave
Sweet Soul Music—Arthur Conley
The Way You Do the Things You Do—The Temptations
Uptight—Stevie Wonder
Use Ta be My Girl—The O’Jays
You Are the Best Thing— Ray LaMontagne
What’s Going On—Marvin Gaye

New Orleans party music

Big Chief—Professor Longhair
Cry to Me—Solomon Burke
Hey Pocky a Way—The Meters
Iko Iko— Dr. John
Mardi Gras Mambo—The Hawkettes
New Orleans Second Line—Stop, Inc.
Ooh Poo Pah Do—Jesse Hill
Something You Got—Chris Kenner

Southern Soul classics and deep gems

Ain’t Nothin’ but a Woman— Robert Cray
Down in the Valley—Otis Redding
Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)—Otis Redding
Going to the Shack—Syl Johnson
Let’s Stay Together—Al Green
Mr. Pitiful—Otis Redding
Snatchin’ it Back—Clarence Carter
Sugar Coated Love—Lazy Lester
T-Bone Shuffle—T-Bone Walker
The World is Round—Rufus Thomas
That’s What Love Will Make You Do—Little Milton
Try a Little Tenderness—Otis Redding
Watch You Work it Out—Kip Anderson
Wrap it Up (I’ll Take It)—Sam and Dave

Dance Funk

Boogie Shoes—K.C. and the Sunshine Band
Do it ‘till You’re Satisfied—BT Express
Expressway to Your Heart—The Soul Survivors
Express Yourself—Charles Wright and the 103 Street Band
Get Up for the Downstroke—Parliament Funkadelic
Going to the Shack—Syl Johnson
Groove Me—King Floyd
It’s Your Thing—Isley Brothers
I Wish— Stevie Wonder
Nobody but You—Clarence Reid
Nothing from Nothing—Billy Preston
(Do That) Push and Pull—Rufus Thomas
Shining Star—Earth, Wind and Fire
Sir Duke—Stevie Wonder
So Much Trouble on my Mind—Sir Joe Quartermain
Superstition—Stevie Wonder
Who’s Makin’ Love?—Johnnie Taylor
You Can Stay But That Noise Got to Go—Walter “Wolfman” Washington

And of course…

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