The Philadelphia Freedom Wedding Cocktail Hour

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

  1. Sara Smile – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  2. La-La Means I Love You – The Delfonics
  3. When Somebody Loves You Back – Teddy Pendergrass
  4. So In Love – Jill Scott w/ Anthony Hamilton
  5. Let it Flow (for “Dr. J.”) – Grover Washington, Jr.
  6. The Reason – King Britt, Sylk 130, Vicki Miles
  7. Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
  8. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MSFB, The Three Degrees
  9. Giving My Love – Janice McClain
  10. Time to Chill – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Freh
  11. b.u.d.d.y. – Musiq Soulchild
  12. Love Train – The O’Jays
  13. Motown Philly – Boyz II Men
  14. New Attitude – Patti Labelle
  15. Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”) – Bill Conti
  16. And We Danced – The Hooters
  17. The Next Movement – The Roots, J. Period
  18. Just Kickin’ It – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
  19. Sixth Sense (Booty in the Butta Mix) – Josh Wink w/ Ursula Rucker

Listen on Spotify

DJ Gregg Ambient – posing with Benjamin Franklin in Center City Philly

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   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!):

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