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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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Pan’s People – Silver Star

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.

comments:

74benja81 said…

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

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Pan’s People – More More More

Top of the Pops 29 April 1976,
Pan’s People dancing to The Andrea True Connection’s More More More.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – Running Away

27 April 1972: Pan’s People dance to Running Away by Sly and the Family Stone

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 23 April 2011:

Here’s a vintage filmed-on-location routine, from Pan’s People, dancing to Sly & the Family Stone’s Running Away. They’re having fun in a deserted department store: it’s a bit like “Dawn of The Dead” without the zombies.

Thanks to new contributor Katy Miss Queenie for sending a clip of this routine.

Comments:

Suefan said…

Good stuff Katy, many thanks. Always great to see Andi.
23 April 2011 08:36

jez said…

Many thanks Katy for uploading this clip.
23 April 2011 13:41

PattiforPM said…

Really nice to see a Pans routine out of the studio. Not Sly’s best effort though. Thanks Katy for sharing this.
23 April 2011 14:10

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Pan’s People – You Sexy Sugar Plum

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.

comments:

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

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Pan’s People – Disco Connection

TOTP, 15 April 1976: Pan’s People, dancing to Isaac hayes’ Disco Connection.

Thanks to Glenn Marshall for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 26 August 2008:

comment:

gr8musicvids said…

Just thought I’d leave you a message to say keep up the great work with this blog. I was a teen in the 70’s so you have now made an old dad very happy. I’ve been searching all over the internet for Pans People for years and these clips here are great, the best I have found. Thanks ;o)

30 August 2008 09:19

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Pan’s People – Homely Girl

TOTP, 11 April 1974: Pan’s People dance to the Chi-lites Homely Girl.

From the old blog, Monday 26 July 2010:

I’m surprised I haven’t got around to posting this little gem of literal choreography until now. To celebrate my return to life with a third post in one day, here’s Pan’s People transforming from dungarees and marker-pen freckles (“Homely Girl”) to fur-fringed baby-doll nighties and silver slippers (“You’re a beautiful woman’). To the music of the Chi-lites.

Thanks once again to Einsfestival for the rebroadcast.

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