Pan’s People – Promised Land

Top of the Pops, 30 January 1975: Pan’s People Dance to Elvis Presley’s Promised Land.

Thanks to another of those generous anonymous donors, here’s a rare Pan’s People performance to enjoy. Ruth, Cherry, Sue and Babs dance to Elvis Presley’s up-tempo rocking cover of Chuck Berry’s classic travelling song.

Dancing against bluescreen projections of US highway scenes, those satin jackets (personalised with pocket-embroidered names) and scarfs have an aviation feel, which goes with the songs’ “across America by bus, train and plane” lyrical theme. and their black hot-pants & go-go boots just say “1975”.

Check Berry’s original version of the song is well worth a listen, of course: but this song is one of those rare cases where the definitive version is not the original, but a cover: Johnnie Allen’s swamp-pop version.

I must say thanks again to my generous contributor, for this treat.

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