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Ruby Flipper – Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)

Top Of The Pops, 5 August 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty) by KC & The Sunshine Band.

Thanks to SuePaLu for the YouTube post.

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Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper – Games People Play

Lena’s Music, 1 August 1979: Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper dance while Lena Martell sings Games People Play.

Thanks again to Andeebee for the youtube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 7 January 2012

My thanks once again go to PattiforPM, who has sent me another Ruby Flipper clip from Lena Martell’s TV show.

In this clip, Lena sings Joe South’s Country classic Games People Play, while the Flipsters dance dressed as arguing, petulant kids.


PattiforPM said…

Well it’s not complex or graceful but quite fun and the ladies look cute I think. I always imagine Flick writing these simple routines on the back of a napkin in some London cafe. Two comments; short boy-shorts are one of the things I don’t miss from the 70s and if that guy [?David] doesn’t start treating Patti with a little more respect I’m gonna thump him.
7 January 2012 14:45

Some Guy said…

Well for a second i thought that Patti and David might be on for a bit of a snog in this one,LOL.
No i thought of the 3 weve had so far, this is the weakest to date. Its just like their going through the motions, could be Ms Martells robotic singing style that leads me to this opinion.
You know what, im kinda glad Sue sat these dances out. On saying that, its a great thrill to see these lost gems and i thank P4PM and YMG for giving us that opportunity.
7 January 2012 22:58

Suefan said…

A little more camera time on Goldilocks would have been nice while one of those guys looks like he’s earned himself a high kick!
19 January 2012 11:12

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Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper – Beautiful Noise

Lena’s Music 1 August 1979:
Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper dance while Lena Martell sings Beautiful Noise.

Thanks to Andeebee for the youtube post.

from the old blog, Wednesday, 18 january 2012

Thanks again to PattiforPM, who sent me this clip of Ruby Flipper from Lena Martell’s show, dancing to her singing Neil Diamond’s Beautiful Noise. Lots of literal choreography here…


julian said…

Lena sings well and always has a very good voice but in this series, the lack of an audience, a visible live orchestra and a chorus to relate to/with, meant the the show had no atmosphere. She looks bored, static and the whole show including Lena and the dancers on this clip lack energy. It looks as if they filmed a dry run of the show in the old BBC Glasgow studios in 1979. The producer(the late Robin Nash I think) clearly didn’t get that what this perfomer (whose voice and impressions were her forte) needed showcasing in a much more traditional format – the kind had been used to being part of as a guest in in her owns shows on TV since she was discivered in cabaret and theatre ain the late 1950’s.

Lena went on to play every major venue and gained radio and TV awards and gold discs across the globe until major ill health took its toil in the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s (including cancer) follwd by bankruptcy. These days (and since 2000) Lena, who is now is in her mid 70’s, is funny and much more relaxed and engaging as a performer and she’s still seling out on regular tours!

This TV show led to her only muti million selling Number 1 in 4 countries including the UK, but this series was far below the standard of her previous work, Indeed, her series in 1977 `Make the Music Speak’, produced by the award winning David Mallet (of Kenny Everett show fame) with a 1930’s style caberet setting, was much, much better than ‘Lena’s Music’; though the album of the same name won her a platinum disc in the UK and hige sales abroad.

4 February 2012 19:46

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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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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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Ruby Flipper – The Continental

Top of the Pops 10 June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Continental by Maureen McGovern (10 June 1976).

Ruby Flipper slimmed down to a pair: Phil and Lulu in period costumes to match this 1934 number. Lulu’s gamine figure perfectly suits the posh thirties frock she’s dancing in.

From the old blog, Sunday, 24 January 2010:

Continuing Ruby Flipper performances from German satallite TV channel Einsfestival’s repeats of TOTP.

One for Lulu fans only…


Some Guy said:
Phil Steggles you lucky man.How many men in 1976 would have liked to have been you in this routine. You must have had 5 or 6 months of absolute heaven working with these angels.
20 November 2010 22:45

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Ruby Flipper – The Wanderer

Top of the Pops, 10 June 1976:
Patti Hammond of Ruby Flipper dances to The Wanderer by Dion.

Thans to panspeople.com for the youtube post.

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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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Ruby Flipper – Jeans On

Top of the Pops, 5 August 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance while David Dundas performs Jeans On

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

from the old blog, Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Here’s another Ruby Flipper routine, dancing to Jeans On while David Dundas sings and plays. I don’t suppose there are any other feasible outfits for this song.


Carl said…

Wow.This is a real treat. Two Ruby Flipper videos in quick succession.
One of their simpler routines, but they had the more energetic ‘Shake Your Booty’ coming up later in the same edition
‘Jeans On’ is another mid-70s classic.
I heard some techno song recently which riffed the main melody of this.
Did Sue borrow Cherry’s famous shorts after the latter left RF?
1 February 2011 17:56

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