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Pan’s People on “Night Club” 1972

Fixed version of a couple of Pan’s People rarities, first posted in 2016.

Here’s an early Christmas present, courtesy of forum regular Gaz: two extremely rare clips of Pan’s People performances from BBC2 Light Entertainment show “Night Club”.

Both routines show evidence of the complex choreographic Flick Colby was capable of with enough preparation and rehearsal time, outwith the constant mad dash of TOTP production.

1. Nothing Can Stop Me Now by Barry Crocker

17 August 1972: recorded at The Talk of the Town, London

This showstopper from 1965 musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd” sees Pan’s people in Corset & Bodice outfits, during an energetic, complicated routine with skipping ropes while Barry Crocker (now probably best know for this) sings.

2. Theme From Shaft

20 November 1972: recorded in Munich

Pan’s People dance to Isaac Heyes classic film theme in suits.
I’ve no information as to the identity of the orchestra, but I presume, given the venue, that they’re German. And on the whole, they give a good account of themselves with this performance, but with one glaring exception: the bass guitarist. It’s pretty clear from his performance (and in “Shaft” the bass is at times the lead instrument) that he has never heard the original piece of music he’s playing. I think he’s probably sight-reading the music, Particularly at the dramatic central rapid triplet motif (“Baddle-it! Baddle-it! Baddle-it! Bam!) This guy gets the emphasis totally wrong (“Dah-de-doo! Dah-de-doo! Dah-de-doo! Duh!). pretty much ruining the performance for me I’m afraid.

Aside from my moans about the bass player, these are two top quality (in performance terms, if not reproduction) routines by Pan’s People. Many thanks to Gaz for unearthing and contributing them, and to Ryan for organising getting them to me.

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Pan’s People – Then Came You

Top of the Pops, 7 November 74:
Pan’s People dance to Then Came You by Dionne Warwick & The Detroit Spinners

Here’s another rare Pan’s People performance courtesy of a generous donor.

American soul hits were the bread & butter of Pan’s People’s repertoire, and this is an excellent example.

Many thanks to my anonymous contributor.

Update 10 April 2023: upgraded version

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Pan’s People – Crackerjack Christmas Panto 1974

Pan’s People made a guest appearance in this version of Aladdin, from the 1974 Christmas special edition of long-running BBC children’s variety TV show Crackerjack!.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 11 October 2014:

Discovered by forum regular Andeebee, and posted by him on youtube last year, here’s an extended collection of clips from Crackerjack’s 1974 Christmas pantomime special: “Aladdin”.

Alongside Crackerjack regulars like Jaqueline Clarke, Don Maclean (that one, not that one) and Peter Glaze (yes, that one), we get a fine selection of British Light Entertainment legends: Derek Guyler, Richard Wattis, and Derek Griffiths.

I’ve previously posted the central “magic cave” sequence back in 2012. Thanks to Andeebee for unearthing this longer version.

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Pan’s People – Keep On Truckin’

Top of the Pops, 22 November 1973. Pan’s People dance to Keep On Truckin’ by Eddie Kendricks.

First published July 30 2016:

Hooray for my first new routine in ages: thanks to an anonymous contributor, here’s a rare Pan’s people routine from 1973. Jimmy Unperson introduces the girls, dancing in fine high-waisted seventies Oxford bags.

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Pan’s People – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

The Price of Fame or Fame At Any Price, BBC TV 20 November 1969:
Pan’s People dance while Thelma Houston sings Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post

From the Old blog, Tuesday, 12 April 2011:

Another clip from The Price of Fame. Here’s Thelma Houston singing, and Pan’s People dancing to, Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

Nice Gogo girls. I love the apparent detachment of the dancers in the late 60s and early 70s. “I was raised by a toothless bearded hag” I always thought Keith Richard must have contributed this lyric for Mick.
12 April 2011 12:41

jez said…

pans people in the early days ,i wonder what ever happened to andrea ,good work here girls
12 April 2011 13:57

Suefan said…

Always good to see Flick in action.
14 April 2011 07:34

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Pan’s People – Close to You

Top of the Pops 15 October 1970: Pan’s People dance to The Carpenters’ Close to You.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 24 May 2011:

Don’t panic: there’s no sound for the first few seconds of this clip, so we don’t get to hear Tony Blackburn’s introduction. No doubt he was his usual brain-dead showbiz zombie self: look at the forced, fixed grins on the audience members around him.

Anyway, here are Pan’s People auditioning to play the Bennett sisters in Pride & Prejudice, as they dance to The Carpenters’ Close To You.

comments:

Miss Peelpants said…

Never mind their costumes, the girl to the right of Mr Blackburn is wearing the most AMAZING Ossie Clark dress and I want to jump into the video and nab it…
24 May 2011 12:22

Some Guy said…

Miss P, do you mean the girl who wearing the horrible green thing. I reckon youd look better in the black outfit that the Young Carol Vorderman lookalike is wearing !
24 May 2011 17:07

PattiforPM said…

Well I looked horrid in all that turn of the 70s gear myself! Anyway this is a nice routine, easy listening and easy watching too.
24 May 2011 18:44

Suefan said…

Thank you bucksby, so nice to watch a Pans routine I’d never seen before. Another that features Andi has to be a real treat, although how can anybody choose from amongst these sisters as they are all so elegant and poised. Miss FC should also take a bow for her classy routine. How she would have graced one of those flowing dresses herself.
24 May 2011 22:06

carl said…

this was 5 years before I was even born so the audience in this clip will be about my mums age and drawing their pensions really hard to believe! This is the only full colour show from 1970 that still exists sadly. I hadn’t even heard of Ossie Clark before so I googled his name and found out about him. You learn something every day 🙂
24 May 2011 22:41

Miss Peelpants said…

There’s nothing horrible about it, I would kill to own it! 😉
Here’s a photo of Charlotte Rampling wearing it in blue.
25 May 2011 13:27

Update 2022:

Miss Peelpants picture link is long dead, but I assume she’s talking about this picture:

Charlotte Rampling

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Pan’s People – Ghetto Child

Top of the Pops, 11 October 1973
Pan’s People dance to Ghetto Child by the Detroit Spinners.

Kenny Everett introduces a fairly subdued performance from Pan’s People, in burgundy-red flared jumpsuits.

American readers might find the band’s name here confusing: called simply “The Spinners” at home (and in the rest of the world too, I expect), their name had to be expanded to “The Detroit Spinners” in the UK, to avoid confusion with our home-grown, woolly-jumpered, blood-giving Scouse Folkies.

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Pan’s People – Back Stabbers

Top of the Pops, 5 October 1972:
Pan’s People dance to Back Stabbers by The O’Jays.

From the conversation over on the discussion forum, this clip seems to be a rehearsal recording rather than the broadcast performance, which doesn’t seem to have survived: notice the lack of a studio audience, for instance.

Still it’s good to have even this imperfect version to enjoy.

Thanks to Andee Bee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – You Little Trustmaker

Top of the Pops, 4th October 1974: Pan’s People dance to You Little Trustmaker by The Tymes.

From the old blog, Sunday, 3 November 2013:

Time for another upgrade: my previous post of this routine was from a UK Gold VHS recording. Here’s a nice sharp Einsfestival digital broadcast version. Pan’s People on Top Of The Pops: October 4th 1974, dancing to the Thymes’ You Little Trustmaker.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Never tire of watching this. Awesome performance, all five girls put on a great display and look very sexy.
3 November 2013 11:59

alghero7 said…

Was this Sue’s debut with PP?
Whatever her trademark insouciance still shines through.
9 February 2014 13:35

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Pan’s People – It’s Better to Have (and Don’t Need)

Top of the Pops, 27 September 74:
Pan’s People dance to It’s Better to Have (and Don’t Need) by Don Covay

Thanks to an anonymous donor, here’s another fine vintage Pan’s People routine, with the dancers all looking relaxed and well-rehearsed.

Don Covay is more of a critics’ favourite than a huge crowd pleaser, but he’s probably my personal top soul singer of the sixties and seventies.

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