A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Originally, disk referred to phonograph records, while disc referred to the Compact Disc, and has become the more common spelling. Today, the term includes all forms of music playback, no matter the source.
Many radio DJ's earn extra money by providing their talents, music libraries and equipment for various events such as parties and weddings. This was the beginning of the "mobile DJ" business as we know it today. Although a large number of mobile DJ's today come from the broadcasting ranks, the business has attracted many men and woman from other backgrounds. Down through the years certain tunes have become the most requested songs played and a must have at any event. Here are some examples of the best DJ Gold.
History of DJ's
The world's first radio disc jockey was Ray Newby, of Stockton, California. In 1909, at 16, Newby began regularly playing records on a small spark transmitter while a student at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless in San Jose, California. Originally called a "Disco Jockey" it has been changed through the years to Disc Jockey. In the 1920s, so-called "juke (jukebox) joints" became popular as places for dancing to recorded jukebox music.
In the 1950s, American radio DJs would appear live at "sock hops" and "platter parties" and assume the role of a human jukebox. They would usually play 45-rpm records while talking between songs. In some cases, a live drummer was hired to play beats between songs to maintain the dance floor.
In the late 1950s, sound systems, a new form of public entertainment, were developed in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica. Promoters, who called themselves DJs, would throw large parties in the streets that centered on the disc jockey, called the "selector," who played dance music from large, loud PA systems. These parties quickly became profitable for the promoters, who would sell admission, food, and alcohol, leading to fierce competition between DJs for the biggest sound systems and newest records. Neighborhood block parties, that were modeled after Jamaican sound systems, gained popularity in Europe and in the boroughs of New York City.
Starting in the mid-1980s, the wedding and banquet business changed dramatically with the introduction of DJ music, replacing the bands that had been the norm. The wedding music industry became almost all DJ while combining the class and elegance of the traditional band presentation.