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Pan’s People – You Make Me Feel Brand New

Top of the Pops 15th August 1974: Pan’s People dance to You Make Me Feel Brand New by¬†The¬†Stylistics.

From a show specially presented by The Osmonds. Pan’s People are so stunning in these lovely backless frocks, it’s hardly surprising that they even tempt goody two-shoes Donnie into impure thoughts.

A tip of the hat to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – When Will I See You Again

Top of the Pops, 8 August 1974: Pan’s People dance to The Three Degrees’ When Will I See You Again.

Classically glamourous posh black sequinned frocks for our dancers here: which is entirely apt for this sophisticated pop gem, performed by the Three Degrees – who were themselves no strangers to classy showbiz couture.

From the old blog, Saturday, 5 September 2009

Another improved version of a previously posted clip: Pan’s People dance to the Three Degrees’ When Will I See You Again on TOTP.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post, and German satallite channel EinsFestival for the broadcast.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Right where do i start with this one. First of all great song. Now the impotant stuff. Which period of time does Sue look the best in. Could be this pre RF/L&CO time. She makes Babs and the others look rather old, don’t you thin?. She’s just 18, and on the way to 7 glorious years as the best dancer on the box, and of course the sexiest. Look out for the final scene as this young goddess is the last to approach the camera, sheer bliss for me, my fave Sue moment ever.
13 November 2010 23:32

Some Guy said…

UPDATE. I watch this performance at least once a day every day. I never tire of it, i just am so grateful to the goddess that is Sue Menhenick for giving us 7 years of her life to blokes like me, so that we can just stare into a computer screen and marvel at her beauty. I will never tire also of writing these small tributes: so sorry you lot out there, thats the way of things.
5 February 2011 20:08

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Pan’s People – Coconut

Nationwide, BBC 1 3 August 1972: Pan’s People dance to Harry Nilsson’s Coconut.

Nationwide was a weekday teatime magazine / chat show broadcast regularly from 1969 to 1983. Growing to become pretty much a national institution, it’s freewheeling diverse style, coupled with a voracious appetite for material to fill its five-night-a-week slot, meant you could expect to see just about anything. Like for instance, Pan’s People larking around in a sand quarry with cream cakes and coconuts, wearing what I think I referred to in my now-lost old blog post as “colour-blind Uncle Sam carnival outfits”. All apparently to illustrate a feature on healthy eating. Such fun.

Discuss this routine over on the OFTD forum.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube clip.

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Pan’s People – It’s Been So Long

Top Of The Pops 31 July 1975:
Pan’s People dance to It’s Been So Long by George McCrae

Thanks to SuPaLu for the Youtube post.

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Pans People – Barbados

Top of the Pops, 24 July 1975:
Pans People dance to “Barbados” by Typically Tropical.

A surprise Summer number one for Typically Tropical: and here they are on Top of the Pops. The producers have decide to mix in some clips from Pan’s People’s performance to the song on the previous week’s episode. And a good thing too, since that 17 July 1975 episode has since been wiped, and these fragments are all that remain: in the BBC’s archive, anyway.

So we should be grateful, I suppose. And yet…

It’s very nice to see Pan’s People in their smart stewardess uniforms: it’s even nicer to see them in their bikinis. But what happens in between? How do they get from one to the other? Tragically, we’ll never know. So we’ll just have to use our imaginations, I suppose.

How intriguing: how frustrating.

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Pan’s People – The Hustle

Top of the Pops 26 June 1975: Pan’s People dance to The Hustle by Van McCoy

Here’s a classic routine that I’ve been seeking out for years: Pan’s People dance to the instrumental (well, with occasional choral shouts) that was absolutely The Sound of the summer of 1975: Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony’s “The Hustle”.

Many thanks to the anonymous contributor who sent me this marvellous performance.

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Pan’s People – Joy to the World

Top of the Pops, 17 June 1971:
Pan’s People dance to Joy to the World by Three Dog Night.

Thanks to thegoldenhits for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 2 September 2009:

My very first post on this blog was a version of this clip: now, thanks to EinsFestival, here’s a clearer version. Pan’s People dance to Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Saville names this blog.

EinsFestival verdient unsere Dankbarkeit.

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Pan’s People – Summer Breeze

Top of the Pops 6 June 1974: Pan’s People dance to the Isley Brothers’ Summer Breeze.

Last year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this, Sue Menhenick’s debut performance as a member of Pan’s People, forum member Pans Legs sent me this rare clip.

Sue has discussed her memories of that day over on our forum:

It was a fantastic experience for a very young and naive 18-year-old dancer who was so terrified and nervous that she was going to muck up, make a huge mistake and fall flat on her face! With the amazing support and back up from the other girls, Flick and also Louise who was so kind to me as I started to try and fill her shoes, I managed to get through that first show. I remember that day very clearly, and will always be grateful to them for helping me.

My thanks again to the generous Pans Legs for this contribution.

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Pan’s People – Walking the the Rain

Update: broken video clip replaced.

Top of the Pops 1st June 1973:
Pan’s People dance to The partridge Family’s Walking the the Rain.

Classic video – mixing rain effects here, and classic literal choreography (which the song demands, really). Those puff sleeves must be the kind Anne of Green Gables wanted:

“They're—they're not—pretty,” said Anne “Oh, I AM grateful,” protested Anne. “But I'd be ever so much gratefuller if—if you'd made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (1908)

While this Partridge Family record (featuring David Cassidy on vocal) is perfectly serviceable, it’s not a patch on the Ronnettes original, produced by Phil Spector.

From the old blog, Thursday, 10 March 2011:

comments:

jez said…

classic routine here from pans good song as well ,i loved all pans people routines from 1973 onwards , after the your so vain routine from jan that year thats when flicks choregraphy became more literall.wish you could all see the tie a yellow ribbon routine classic literall interpretation

11 March 2011 18:43

PattiforPM said…

Thanks YMG, very enjoyable showcasing the sweet and innocent side of Pans. David Cassidy wasn’t a fave of mine but the girls did a good job on this one

11 March 2011 22:24

jez said…

this clip was dubbed over on you tube to the neil sedaka song laughter in the rain ,this is the original clip with the original song it was choreographed to

15 March 2011 16:26

David Austin said…

Horrified to realise that I remember this!!! I think (though I’m not sure) that this was during a brief period when Top Of The Pops was shifted from Thursdays to Fridays (I think it either followed or preceded Star Trek).

24 January 2012 16:36

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Pan’s People – I Can’t Stop

Top Of The Pops 2 May 74:
Pan’s People dance to I Can’t Stop by The Osmonds.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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