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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 – This Is It

Top of the Pops, 27 may 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to This Is It by Melba Moore.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Ruby Flipper – Soul City Walk

Top of the Pops 13th May 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Archie Bell & the Drells’ Soul City Walk.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 30 December 2009

From the second week of Ruby Flipper’s run on TOTP, first broadcast on 13th May 1976. Here they dance to Archie Bell & the Drells’ Soul City Walk.

Though I usually try my best to avoid being so crude and disrespectful as to discuss anyone’s physical appearance, I neverless feel compelled to mention that those shorts really do suit Cherry particularly well

Taken again from Einsfestival’s re-broadcast of the original 1976 show. As before, nyrainbow4 has kindly posted a version of this clip on YouTube, but the Copyright Gestapo have forced him to replace the original soundtrack with something innocuous.


74benja81 said:
I didn’t mind Ruby Flipper, even though I am a Legs and Co man myself, and was glad to see them arrive. I think out of the males, Floyd was great in Ruby Flipper, and made them if I am honest, great mover very witty and a good actor with full of character. Love this song, and I like the set and dance routine to it, for that time it was pretty good going. Sue dances and looks extremely gorgeous in those tight jeans and heels she wears for this shoot, and that look hasn’t dated to today. A nice post. Benja 🙂
12 December 2011 00:02

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Ruby Flipper – Reggae Like it Used To Be

Top of the Pops, 13 May 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance, Paul Nicholas sings Reggae Like it Used To Be.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Friday, 1 January 2010

From Ruby Flipper’s second week on TOTP: Sue, Floyd & Lulu dance while Paul Nicholas “sings” his fairly dire Reggae Like It Used To Be. It’s all ersatz: an actor playing a singer singing a pop song with reggae overtones, about the lack of “real” reggae. Too much Paul, not enough ‘Flipper, if you ask me.

A little of Lulu’s just-out-of-dance-school nerves are detectable here: at 01:29, she’s clearly looking over behind the camera: my guess is that it’s Flick Colby, encouraging them and probably acting out the movements too. But I don’t mean any criticism here: after all, they’ve had only a week to devise and rehearse three separate routines.


Some Guy said…

The big old hairy cornflake DLT gets the chance to dance with sue and lulu and dances like a clown.
13 November 2010 23:06

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Ruby Flipper – Can’t Help Falling in Love

Top of the Pops 6 May 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Can’t Help Falling in Love by The Stylistics. Ruby Flipper’s Debut performance.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 15 December 2009:

German satallite channel Einsfestival’s repeats of TOTP have reached the middle of 1976 recently, the time of Ruby Flipper. Though I wasn’t a fan at the time, I think their performances have stood up well to the passing years. A mixture of male and female dancers, though not popular, gave Flick a wider range of choreographic possibilities, and indeed pushed them away from various chorus-line dance clichés.

Here’s their very first appearance, dancing to the Stylistics Can’t Help Falling in Love: and there’s a mixture of playfulness with old-style literal interpretation. The routine starts with Sue and Cherry (the two remaining pan’s persons) looking bemused as they dance together. “Where are they others?” they mime. Then, right on the line “Only fools rush in”, the four new dancers, er, rush in.

Lulu’s looking particularly nervous (1:09–1:15) about her national TV debut. But she pulls it of splendidly.


Some Guy said…

Top of the pops debut and it shows for lulu. look out at at 2.21 for a nervous glimpse down the line. Still very cute though.
7 November 2010 00:07

carl said…

I think the way they did this was brilliant, with the initial link back to Pan’s People with only Sue and Cherry on the stage for the first few seconds shrugging shoulders and looking perplexed The viewers must have been waiting for the rest of Pan’s People and wondering were they were.Then suddenly all the new brigade come charging in, very cleverly timed for the ‘Only Fools Rush in’ line. The Flipsters’ first routine, like their last one, was a good one.
12 December 2010 16:10

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Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music

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

Carl said…

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.

20 January 2011 19:28

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