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CJ the DJ adds his spin on Frank’s wedding

Barney Frank (left) and Jim Ready are hoisted above the crowd on chairs at their weekend wedding.

Gretchen Ertl for the Boston Globe

Barney Frank (left) and Jim Ready are hoisted above the crowd on chairs at their weekend wedding.

Whatever your opinion of Barney Frank ’s politics, the congressman can really cut a rug.

So says Chris Holman — a.k.a. CJ the DJ — who was spinning records at Frank’s weekend wedding to his longtime partner, Jim Ready . The couple got hitched Saturday at the Newton Marriott in a ceremony officiated by Governor Deval Patrick , and attended by Representatives Nancy Pelosi , Dennis Kucinich , and Steny Hoyer , and Senator John Kerry .

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Holman, who lives in Fitzwilliam, N.H., told us he met Frank for the first time in D.C. more than 15 years ago and they ran into each other again at a recent fund-raiser for Seacoast Gay Men. A few days after that, Frank phoned and asked Holman if he’d DJ his wedding.

“It was probably the most laid-back wedding in terms of requests I’ve ever done,” said Holman. “They didn’t have a first dance per se, but Jim did give me about six songs he wanted to hear during the course of the night.”

Those included Rare Earth’s “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Gladys Knight ’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Elvis Presley ’s “All Shook Up,” during which Frank and Pelosi did the jitterbug, and the Right­eous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” a song to which the newlyweds slow danced.

Holman said the dance floor was packed all night, but the highlight was the Hora, when Frank and Ready were hoisted above the crowd on chairs as “Hava Nagila” played and the crowd cheered madly.

“The guests also liked a lot of Motown,” said Holman, who told us he’s been spinning music at gay weddings since before they were legal. “I stayed completely away from country and rap because people weren’t really into it.”

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From CJ the DJ’s breathless description of the evening, it sounded to us like he would have worked Frank’s wedding for free. He didn’t. Holman’s standard fee for a wedding is $1,200, and that’s what the congressman will pay.

“What a wonderful event,” said the DJ. “It was one of the top 10 most memorable days of my life, for sure.”

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