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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.


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 – 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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Ruby Flipper – A Fifth of Beethoven

Top of the Pops, 29 July 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy and his Big Apple Band.

Since this is based on a piece of classical music, presenter David Hamilton starts of with a variation on all-time classic creaky corny “just-flew-in … arms tired” gag beloved of stand of comedians.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 10 march 2010:

More Ruby Flipper on TOTP, on the 29th of July 1976. The music is A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band, a bit of kitschy funked-up classical fluff used in Saturday Night Fever.

Oh my! This clip has got me in quite a quandry. I just can’t decide who has the best legs. What do you think?


Carl said…

and Shhhhhhhh! Let’s enjoy music and picture co-ordination while it lasts for this routine.
Finally a chance to see the authentic version of the Flipsters routine in it’s full uncensored glory.
Who’d have thought even Beethoven could be put into a disco groove – with great success!
16 January 2011 00:12

PattiforPM said…

Let me think – Patti has the best legs YMG
30 April 2011 02:43

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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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Ruby Flipper – The Flasher

Top opt the Pops, 24 June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Flasher by Mistura.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Thursday, 28 October 2010:

Am I a square? I’ve certainly never heard of The Flasher or Mistura, whether they’re featuring Lloyd Michels or not. I hear it’s an old Northern Soul Favourite. Anyway, here’s Cherry in the cutest Grass skirt, Patti in a posh frock and tiara, and Sue channelling the spirit of Shirley Temple: along with the usual Ruby Flipper blokes.

Sorry lads: of course I regard your dancing skills with the utmost respect, but that respect is drowned out by the howling gale of envy: my own envy, and the mountain of aggregate envy from every teenage boy in Britain in the summer of 1976. Peace.


Carl said…

A routine with some eclectic costumes and the Ruby Flipper routine with the most lifts. Gavin and Phil seem to manage fine but Floyd is straining a little near the end, lifting Sue.
An instrumental long consigned to obscurity but a decent enough tune.
20 January 2011 19:21

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Ruby Flipper – Misty Blue

Top of the Pops, 24 June 1976: Cherry Gillespie of Ruby Flipper dances to Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 3 November 2010

For Cherry lovers only: Here’s Cherry dancing to Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore.
Yet another clip from PattiforPM. Thanks as always.


legatus hedlius said…

She was my favourite!
What an utterly gorgeous creature!
27 November 2010 12:58

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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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Ruby Flipper – Heart on My Sleeve

Top of the Pops, 3rd of June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Gallagher & Lyle’s Heart on My Sleeve.

Thanks to Andeebee for the DailyMotion post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 14 June 2011

From last night’s BBC 4 repeat of Top of the Pops from June 3rd 1976, here’s Ruby Flipper dancing to Gallagher & Lyle’s Heart on My Sleeve.


PattiforPM said…

Really smooth action from the Flipsters. The couples’ together are particularly good in this number. Jez’s palm tree also looking good BTW!
14 June 2011 12:49

Suefan said…

Thanks for posting this one with such alacrity YMG and what a great number it is, silky smooth and easily one of their best. Sue, that fairest of Flippers, that richest of Rubies looks fantastic in that great dress and dances a blinder. Oh, and the other three aren’t at all bad either.
14 June 2011 12:54

jez said…

yes at last my palm tree routine as finally been identified after 7 years of takin a guess as to what the routine was ,good song by gallagher and lyle also always reminds me of hot summer days ,cherry looks paricular good in this performance but she was always my favourite pans person ,i bet carl got himself excited when he saw this routine lol
14 June 2011 14:27

carl said…

yes I was excited but I am the different Carl (bucksby) Whilst praising Sue on the forum I neglected to mention Cherry who also looks fantastic.
14 June 2011 14:45

Carl said…

Yes, I did get very excited Jez, as you will understand. It EXISTS!!
I’m the other Carl- It’s hello from me and it’s hello from him.
A very smooth and nicely choreographed number and not a sign of over-literal hearts on over-literal sleeves. That’s why the pictures of this on the TOTP 40th birthday DVD with other soundtrack, would have made it difficult to guess. Could have been ‘Afternoon Delight’ I suppose, but isn’t it evening time on the set with a full moon?
14 June 2011 17:36

Carl said…

Thanks so much to YMG for putting it on the blog and getting this out into the public domain of cyberspace, where no one has until now been able to find it.
All four Ruby Flipper members look cool in this.
14 June 2011 17:40

Carl said…

when one does a Google search for Ruby Flipper ‘Heart On My Sleeve’
you are the first person to have posted it in the whole world on the www, as the only link that comes up thus far is this blog’s video.
You are a pioneer sir. You’ve done very well!
14 June 2011 18:16

jez said…

yes i thought you would be chuffed when this routine was shown carl ,it is really good to see a routine that has not been seen since the date of first transmission viewed again ,i must admit the very brief snippet of this routine that was included on the totp 40th anniversary dvd was very hard to determine which song went with the routine ,the only things that my brain would register with from that snippet was gold palm trees and the 4 dancers ,and i can still not understand when people say this is a recent recovery when it was included on the official bbc dvd at least six years ago ,i tell u what though if i could see pans people dancing again to the rare routines of you can do magic and seasons in the sun ,i would be like a little kid on xmas morning ,but i am for ever hopeful that one day some of these supposingly wiped clips will resurface somewhere
14 June 2011 22:48

Carl said…

Yes Jez,
Amazing this had never ever got out on the Internet all these years. It’s a special routine because it was the only ‘missing’ RF routine that wasn’t technically missing.
Someone on Popscene was saying that this edition was discovered back in 2000 (I think)- so too late for U.K. Gold, but still enough time for Einsfestival. Wonder why Einsfestival were never sent this? I think Suefan suspects the copy wasn’t previously in good working order.
15 June 2011 12:08

Suefan said…

So a little beebie told me Carl, that it just needed a little work in places to make itself presentable as it were. Will be interesting to see the full version of the show on Saturday (I’m not stopping up for the Thursday night/Friday morning one).
15 June 2011 12:40

Some Guy said…

Yes after about my twentieth viewing of this, im still not bored of it. Well worth the 35 year wait i must say, well for me anyway. Just cant fault it, even Sues bed sheet dress is starting to look good now.I just cant decide which period of time she looks sexiest in, if push comes to shove, id plump for the Ruby period. Yes Phil certainly gets the gig with this girl,lucky man, he looks kinda cool with his flared slacks and greased back hair!
15 June 2011 17:30

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