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Pan’s People – My Sweet Lord

Top of the Pops 21st January 1071: Pan’s People dance to George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord.

Thanks tom Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – Theme from The Persuaders

Top of the Pops 20 January 1972
Pan’s People perform to Theme from The Persuaders by John Barry.

Thanks to to supermullers for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 28 December 2010:

By request from Ryan, here’s clip from back when the TOTP budget stretched to occasional location filming for Pan’s People routines. Here they are in a Rolls, driving to the casino, smoking cigars and wearing fedoras, to John Barry’s Theme from The Persuaders.

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Pan’s People – We’ve Only Just Begun

Top of the Pops, 14 January 1971:
Pan’s People dance to We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters

From the old blog, Saturday, 23 October 2010:

We haven’t seen any Pan’s People here for ages: to remedy that, here they are dancing to We’ve Only Just Begun by the Carpenters, from a recent TOTP2 repeat.

Going by the maxi-length frocks, the patterns and colours, and the fact the Andi and Flick are still in the group, I’d guess this was from 1970. Oh wait, look: it says “Jan 1971” right there on the clip. Duh.

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Pan’s People – Help Me Make it Through the Night

TOTP 02 January 1975: Pan’s People dance to John Holt’s Help Me Make it Through the Night.

From the old blog: Wednesday, 2 September 2009:

Jimmy Saville and a rather stupid Australian sailor with a big proverbial ginger beard introduce Pan’s People dancing to John Holt’s Help Me Make it Through the Night: a Kris Kristofferson song.

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Pan’s People – Green River

Top of the Pops 1st January 1970. A marvellous start to the seventies, as Pan’s People dance to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River.

From the old blog, Friday, 7 September 2012

Pan’s People dance to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River. I posted a low-quality version of this performance last year, and hoped against hope that someone somewhere would come forward with a better version. Well, hallelujah! Someone just posted this much better version on YouTube. Thanks gibb1962, whoever you are!

It’s clearly a rehearsal performance, not the broadcast one. But who cares: and check out those silver gogo boots! Woohoo!

From the old blog, Thursday, 21 April 2011

comments:

music obsessive said…

As I intimated on my Louise Compilation comment, this is my favourite of Flick’s early ‘Go-go’ routines. It is just wonderful – combining a great song with some real movement. Also, the girls really put some effort in, despite it being (I think) a rehearsal take? Great to see Andi get it wrong on a couple of occasions yet pick it up instantly.
21 April 2011 09:12

PattiforPM said…

…what a powerhouse performance this is. Louise is just a wild woman. When Andi stops it’s like she can’t take any more G-force and has to take a break. Great stuff
22 April 2011 17:37

jez said…

yes indeed this is a rehearsel clip from the afternoon
23 April 2011 13:39

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Pan’s People – Jeepster

Top of the Pops, 30 December 1971: Pan’s People dance to Jeepster by T-Rex.

I’ve got two different versions of this performance. The first (Above) is a good quality version from TOTP2, marred with their usual “interesting” comments graphics.

The second is a time-coded version including brief interviews with Pan’s People and Ed “Stewpot” Stewart, in a rakish eyepatch. Unfortunately, there’s no audio during the interviews, but we do see that lucky old Stewpot gets a kiss from each of the girls (except Flick). Judging by the timecode breaks, Ed’s behavious and the brief snatches of other artists, these interviews were dotted around that week’s show, between songs.

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Pan’s People – Stoney End

Top of the Pops, 30 December 1971:
Pan’s People dance to Stoney End by Barbara Streisand.

From their famous visit to HMS Triumph in 1971, in Momabsa. Of course if we tried to repeat this today, now that we’re sharing aircraft carriers with France, Pan’s People would have to share the ship with Les Claudettes.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 28 June 2011:

Here are Pan’s People proving the strategic importance of having an aircraft carrier in your fleet. Where else are they going to be able to Dance to Barbra Streisand’s Stoney End properly? Oh, and you need a decent-sized submarine, too.

Many thanks to VintageVideos, who sent me this improved version of the clip: from TOTP, 30-12-1971

Comments:

Suefan said…

Many thanks YMG although I’m not sure I can get fully onboard with the setting for this one.
Better refrain from any puns about the sub as I know it would only get me into deep water.
7 July 2011 11:31

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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.

comments:

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

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Pan’s People – Spirit In The Sky

Top Of The Pops Christmas (Special Part 2) 27 December 1973:
Pan’s People dance to Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum.

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Pan’s People – Love on a Mountain Top

20th December 1974: Pan’s People dancing to Robert Knight’s Love on a Mountain Top.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

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