The Motown Wedding Cocktail Hour

September 21, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

the_four_topsMotown is a record label founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1960. The “Motown Sound” is a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. While the music typically sounds happy and bright, many Motown tracks contain bittersweet lyrical themes. Ambient DJ music mixologist Christopher Smith, aka DJ Spinz, was tasked with compiling a list of “wedding friendly” tracks for an all-Motown cocktail hour.

For his signature cocktail, Spinzy selected “The Last Word,” a gin-based prohibition era cocktail with an equal part of green Chartreuse developed at the Detroit Athletic Club. To learn more about The Last Word, click here.

DJ Spinz’s Motown Wedding Cocktail Hour

“My Girl” – The Temptations”
“My Guy” – Mary Wells
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
“You’re All I Need (To Get By)” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
“Baby I Need Your Loving” – The Four Tops
“Cruisin'” – Smokey Robinson
“Got to Be There” – Michael Jackson
“Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
“Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Gladys Knight & the Pips
“Uptight” – Stevie Wonder
“Dancing in the Streets” – Martha & the Vandellas
“How Sweet It Is” – Marvin Gaye
“Mickey’s Monkey” – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
“ABC” – The Jackson Five
“Do I Do” – Stevie Wonder
“All Night Long” – Lionel Richie
“Rhythm of the Night” – Debarge
“I Need Your Lovin'” – Teena Marie
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Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on

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