Top of The Pops, 29 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to the Four Seasons’ Silver Star.
Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.
Pan’s People’s final appearance on Top of the Pops, feature an emotional solo performance from Ruth, in the slow middle section.
From the old blog, Wednesday, 5 November 2008:
Pan’s People dance to the Four Seasons’ Silver Star: their last appearance on Top of The Pops, in April 1976.
I think this is Pans people’s last dance on TOTP, not sure though. Then Ruby Flipper took the lead for a little time in 1976. The fist time I saw this clip in 76, Ruth looks really upset, close to tears doing her solo dance, I was always wondering why this was so, until I saw this clip on UK Gold in 1993, then I found out it was her last dance was Pans. Her being upset, shows her total commitment and love of being with Pans and being a dancer. Have to mention, A very young Sue looks cute hear as always, and matured beautifully every year. Nice post. Benja 🙂 15 December 2011 21:35
Top of the Pops, 22 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to Rodger Collins’ You Sexy Sugar Plum.
From the old blog, Tuesday, 2 November 2010:
Mary’s presence places this in the late period of Pan’s People’s reign on TOTP. Even though those outfits look like they came from charity shops, their brevity seems to fit well with the song title: You Sexy Sugar Plum by Roger Collins.
Some Guy said…
Not seen this one before, so thanks young mister grace for posted it. Not sure if its possible for a fresh faced sue menhenick to look any fitter. 7 November 2010 00:30
Top of the Pops, 8 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to Paperback Writer by The Beatles.
Cherry, Mary, Ruth and Sue dance among paperback book racks of the sort only now seen in charity shops, clutching open books.
In early 1976, EMI re-launched* all of their Beatles singles catalogue, along with a new single release of Yesterday (already a hit in America in 1965, it was only originally released as an album and EP track in the UK). Here’s one of the couple that made it into the charts on relaunch, the 1966 hit Paperback Writer. The song had been kept alive in the public’s ear through its use as a theme tune to Read All About It, Melvyn Bragg’s BBC book review programme.
* Realunched, as opposed to re-released: all the singles had remained available in the EMI catalogue since their original release: none had been deleted.
Top of the Pops, April 1st 1976: Pan’s People dance to Hank Mizell’s Jungle Rock.
One of the rare few songs that both Pan’s People and Legs & Co. have danced to, this performance is much more substantial than Legs & Co’s loose festive reprise in the Christmas episode later that year. Some neat choreography here, and the on-safari victorian explorer outfits are pretty cute. Some nice dancing from the animals too.
Top of the Pops, 25 march 1976: Pan’s People dance to The Beatles’ Yesterday.
From the old blog, Friday, 26 August 2011:
Yet another generous contribution from PattiforPM: here are Pan’s People dancing to the Fab Four’s Yesterday, part of the great Beatles reissued-singles chart onslaught of 1976.
Some Guy said…
Thanks P4PM, another late PP treat, dont remember this dance first time round. Like the imaginative choreography with the large circular steps and love Cherrys dead pan stare at 1.17 also. All super stuff. 27 August 2011 08:39
Like Ryan I like the choreography; the costumes, now that’s another matter. 27 August 2011 15:14
I too love Cherry’s commanding performance here. The costumes are a little strange, perhaps biblical grass skirts but I’m not sure. Where’s Ms Emmapeelpants our resident fashionista when we need her? 29 August 2011 01:57
Top of the Pops, 8 January 1976:
Pan’s People dance to Itchycoo Park by The Small Faces.
Late period Pan’s People relive the sixties dancing to a Small Faces classic, around a giant mushroom, wearing groovy crocheted shawls. Topped and tailed with Noel Edmonds demonstrating that he truly was the TOTP Bad Pun Champion.
Thanks top Andeebee for the YouTube post (and to Vintage Video who supplied him with the clip).
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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.