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Pan’s People – You’re the First, the Last, My Everything (05/12/74)

Top of the Pops, 5 December 1974
Pan’s People dance to You’re the First, the Last, My Everything

Pan’s People in big floppy veiled hats and white leotards, dancing in dry-ice mist (kept under control for once) to Barry White’s classic song.
NB: There’s no video for the first few seconds of music.

I’ve been looking for this rare Pan’s People routine for a long time, and recently a decidedly ropey version, marred by an excessively large central watermark, has appeared on YouTube.
So I’m very pleased to be able to post this superior version, contributed by generous forum regular Vintage Videos. Thanks Vin!

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Pan’s People – Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto

Top of the Pops, 12 February 1976: Pan’s People dance to Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez (Theme From 2nd Movement) by Manuel & the Music of the Mountains.

Let’s listen in on the TOTP production meeting for that week… in my imagination:

BBC Bloke 1: Okay, ELO, Guys & Dolls, Slik… we’ve got all the bands booked: what about the Pan’s People Number?

BBC Bloke 2: Well “Low Rider” by War is up to Number 15: that’s a great, funky danceable number: the Osibisa song “Sunshine Day” has a good groove.

BBC Bloke 3: And Slade’s “Let’s Call it Quits” is a new entry: Pan’s People always do well with a bit of raunchy Rock’n’Roll…

BBC Bloke 1: Yes, they all sound great. But wait a minute: isn’t this the week Lesley Judd is joining them for a feature? We can’t do anything too suggestive if it’s going out on Blue Peter too.

BBC Bloke 2: Damn! I forgot about that: Okay, what about the boring classical guitar thing? It’s dead unsexy. We can put them in smocky ethnic outfits with big dresses.

BBC Bloke 1: Okay, that’ll do nicely.

From the old blog, Friday, 19 August 2011

Here’s Blue Peter’s Lesley Judd making a special guest appearance with Pan’s People, for a Blue Peter feature, dancing to Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto by Manuel & His Music of the Moutains. Another gift from PattiforPM: many thanks.


carl said…

another fantastic upload. cheers
19 August 2011 20:53

Some Guy said…

…the wonderful Sue…
20 August 2011 06:37

Suefan said…

And such a sexy senorita too – too much vino El YMG! Another great dance routine from Flick and the girls. Great stuff.
20 August 2011 08:44

mojo2007 said…

a real rare one. lovely.
20 August 2011 21:15

PattiforPM said…

I love this one too. Smooth action and would have looked good on location at Machu Picchu.
23 August 2011 14:33

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Pan’s People – Midnight Rider

Top of the Pops, 22 January 1976:
Pan’s People dancing to Paul Davidson’ Midnight Rider.

Pan’s People wearing spangly midriff-bearing showgirl/cowgirl outfits, dancing to Paul Davidson’s reggae cover version of the Allman Brothers’ Midnight Rider.

I’m sure I have to thank someone generous for sending me this rare gem of a clip: unfortunately I can’t remember who. Please get in touch, and I’ll give you a credit.

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Pan’s People – Itchycoo Park

Top of the Pops, 8 January 1976:
Pan’s People dance to Itchycoo Park by The Small Faces.

Late period Pan’s People relive the sixties dancing to a Small Faces classic, around a giant mushroom, wearing groovy crocheted shawls. Topped and tailed with Noel Edmonds demonstrating that he truly was the TOTP Bad Pun Champion.

Thanks top Andeebee for the YouTube post (and to Vintage Video who supplied him with the clip).

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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 – In Dulce Jubilo

Top of the Pops, 1 January 1976: Pan’s People dance to Mike Oldfield’s In Dulce Jubilo

A suitably folksy routine, since this Mike Oldfield number is a traditional folk tune electrified. Plenty of gusto.

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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.


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 – I Can’t Give You Anything

Top of the Pops Christmas Day Special, 25 December 1975:
Pan’s people dance to the Stylistics’ I Can’t Give You Anything

A classic christmas-themed routine, as Pan’s People perform in giant ribbon-bow outfits on a giant wrapped christmas present. Plenty of Busby Berkeley style birds-eye view shots.

From the old blog, Saturday, 9 May 2009:

Pan’s People on the Top of the Pops 1975 Christmas Special, dancing to the Stylistics’ I Can’t Give You Anything. With a cheesy introduction from Noel Edmunds and Tony Blackburn.

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Pan’s People – Barbados

Top of the Pops Day-before-Christmas-Eve Special, 23 December 1975: Pan’s People dance to Barbados by Typically Tropical.

Pan’s People in a typical wintery landscape, complete with snowman and TV studio fake snow, shivering in their big fur coats as they try to keep warm. But how will they represent the tropical beaches, sunshine and heat that the song portrays so vividly? What surprising technique will they use to represent the hot summer sun of Barbados?

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