Top of the Pops, 14 April 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold: featuring Floid Pearce.
From the old blog, Tuesday, 21 December 2010:
Here’s a clip to show to anyone who makes the boring “over-literal choreography” complaint about Flick. The routine is definitely narrative, and yes, it deals with the subject matter of the song (Andrew Gold’s Lonely Boy); namely sibling rivalry. But nobody’s miming the lyrics at any point: instead, Flick has created a routine based around the subject, showing what great creative work she was capable when she got more than a few hours notice.
And Floyd gets a rare namecheck from creepy old Mr. Savile.
The Kenny Everett Video Show s01e08, 14 August 1978
Hot Gossip dance to Supernature by Cerrone
No anniversary clips for me to show today, so here’s something different: a Hot Gossip performance from the show that brought them fame. Indeed this record became associated with both the show and the dance group.
This particular performance, with mixed location and studio shots, was repeated in Series 2 episode 10: there was an earlier, studio-only performance in the very first episode of series one, but I’ve been unable to track that one down? Can anyone out there help?
TOTP 14 October 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
From the old blog: Monday, 26 July 2010
Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music
Don’t worry chums, I’m not dead! (crosses fingers to avert hubris) Here’s Ruby Flipper dancing to Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music on Top of the Pops.
Another clip from German TV channel Einsfestival.
Some Guy said…
This was there last apperance On totp, and arguably there best. BBC bigwigs put a stop to there fun. I thought they were pretty cool,even Floyd and phillip were alluring in a strange sort of way. But we got legs and co at the expense of these.
13 November 2010 22:47
The end of an era! But they went out with one of their best dances.
Thank you Floyd, Lulu, Patti, Phil and Sue, Thank you Ruby Flipper.
TOTP, 23 September 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Disco Duck by Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots.
Silly, very silly, but fun. Floid’s pantomime duck outfit looks to be from the back of dusty cupboard in the BBC wardrobe department. Clearly not designed to be worn on a podium, we get to see just a little to much of the strapping-in undercarraige mechanism of the outfit.
Meanwhile the girls (and Floid, when he’s not in panto mode) are wearing the same charming outfits that they wore for “You Should be Dancing” a few months before.
To of the Pops, 21 September 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real by Sylvester.
Featuring a guest appearance from Floid.
from the old blog, Monday, 16 September 2013:
One of my favourite Legs & Co. performances, last week’s BBC4 Top of the Pops repeat has given me the excuse to post this higher quality version. Legs & Co. Dancing to Sylvester’s disco classic (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real. With a guest appearance from former Ruby Flipper dancer Floyd, this is a great performance, full of gusto.
In the days before the rise of the music video, when even promotional films were rare, Legs & Co (and their predecessors) were often called upon to dance to disco, soul and funk records, whose American originators were not available to perform, in the flesh or on screen. Since these records were almost always made with dancing in mind the combination, as here, was often fortuitous.
Also from the old blog, Sunday, 31 August 2008:
Great routine and definite contender for “Best outfits ever worn by a TOTP dance troupe” in my opinion. 30 April 2011 15:08
Top of the Pops, 9 September 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Lou Rawls
Back in the Summer of 1976, Flick Colby’s choreography was fizzing with ideas. For this Lou Rawls number, she gives us not one but three routines: Floid’s stately podium solo; Goucho Phil and Cherry’s tango; and a teasing fan dance from Sue, Patti and Lulu.
Top of the Pops, 26/08/1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Morning Glory by James and Bobby Purify.
Well of course Sue, Patti and Lulu are looking lovely here: but Cherry, in that fuchsia & gold outfit looks absolutely fabulous. What a fine routine. My favourite moment? Patti’s mock-admonishing wagging finger at 0’38”.
Kudos to Phil for carrying off those silver wellies, too.
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My old One for the Dads blog was shut down by the Kopyright Kops. So here's a new one. Still showing performances from Legs & Co., Pan's People and Ruby Flipper, amongst others. But no more downloads. Sorry.