Pan’s People – Without You

Top of the Pops, 28 December 1972: Pan’s People dance to Nilsson’s Without You. Featuring Cherry’s debut.

From Digging the Dancing Queens, 1994:

Flick Colby: “She came out of this package and she just looked adorable: and then we did the worst number I’ve every seen in my life: and we had these big lumpy dresses on.”

From the old blog, Monday, 21 March 2011:

We had a little bit of out-of-season Christmas magic last week with Sir Duke. Here’s a bit more unseasonable cheer: Pan’s People dancing to Nilsson’s Without You. But first, the famous moment when Toe-Knee Back-Bum gives them their Christmas present: Cherry’s debut. And for a brief moment between introductions (about 0:31), we see TB as he truly is: a Soul-less Light Entertainment Zombie.

The other famous trivia fact about this clip is how much Flick hated these big puffy white dresses. And I can see what she means. Any Seinfeld fans who’ve seen the Puffy Shirt episode will have no trouble imagining what went on in Pan’s People’s dressing room before this performance.


jez said…

Yes ymg this routine was the one flick descibed as the worst number she had ever seen, great big lumpy dresses were her words, pheraps when she chose them that day with the wardrobe department she was suffering from an hangover and couldent be bothered, i see nothing wrong with the routine myself i like it, the harry nilsson song is a great classic tune as well ,but one played more if you have just been dumped or someone has just passed over to the higher side of life i would imagine.
21 March 2011 09:28

Suefan said…

Not a fan of Mr B then YMG, but then so few are. I’m at one with FC on the dresses but the number works well. Great to have such a quality recording of Cherry’s arrival. If only we could find similar quality for 6 June 74. However, many thanks.
21 March 2011 15:20

Some Guy said…

Indeed Suefan i agree with you there. I thoroughly loved this, and even the sight of TBs false smiling did not diminish my enjoyment of it. It must be so much easier for the girls to dance to classics like this, than some of the dross they did dance to.
21 March 2011 18:05

carl said…

I was reading Tony’s poptastic biography (it was available in Poundland or a while) and he states that at the time he was never close or friendly with the girls in Pans people although he gets on well with Babs now. I would have thought the DJs/hosts would have got on well with the girls.

18 May 2011 09:11

This entry was posted in Pan's People, Top of the Pops and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>