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Pan’s People – Temma Harbour

Top of the Pops 26 February 1970: Pan’s People dance to Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

The sixties have been over for a whole eight weeks, but you’d never guess from Mary Hopkins song of tropical idyll, nor from Pan’s People’s performance with flowery-printed fabrics.

Thanks to Andeebee for the Youtube post.

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Pan’s People – Everything’s Tuesday

Top of the Pops, 25 February 1971: Pan’s People dance to Everything’s Tuesday by Chairman of the Board.

From the old blog, Friday, 29 April 2011

Here’s another clip I found on YouTube a while ago: Pan’s People dancing to Chairman of the Board’s Everything’s Tuesday. Thanks to katy miss queenie, who sent me a copy of this routime recently.

I’m no expert on the fashion scene in 1971, so I’ve no idea if there’s a correct term for these trousers they’re wearing. Or the whole suit, even.


Some Guy said…

Sounds like the singers saying` I wanna spank her`, or is that my gutter mind playing tricks with me.
29 April 2011 14:49

jez said…

You said it mate.
29 April 2011 21:07

PattiforPM said…

Strange song, odd outfits, whole thing’s quirky and maybe this is a subcommittee and not the Chairman after all. Maybe your lyrics would be better Ryan
29 April 2011 22:58

My appeal for a definitive period name for these outfits, just so 1971 darling, has had no response, so I’ll have to have a go myself: I’d call them French Flared Culotte Suits.

Archival Fashionistas, please give me a better name as you rush to heap derision upon me.

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Pan’s People: All-Time Top Twenty Countdown

Here’s a treat, in the style of a seventies TOTP chart rundown: The All-Time Top Twenty Pan’s People routines, as chosen by OFTD Forum members.

My thanks to Forum regulars VintageVideos and Legsfan, who have put this compilation together.

…And look our for their extra Valentine’s Day surprise at the end…

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Pan’s People – I Want You Back

Top of the Pops 12 February 1970: Pan’s People dance to “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.

A superb performance from the 1970 line-up of Pan’s People: exuberant choreography to match the jubilant Jackson 5 hit.

From the old blog, Friday, 5 August 2011:

… this really is a vintage Flick-&-Andi-era Pans People Performance.


carl said…

This is another one I haven’t seen before. I love those 1970 shows. I wish the BBC would recolourise those jan/feb shows that exist then we can see Pans in their all colour glory.

5 August 2011 16:21

PattiforPM said…

Yup Classic Go-Go style and nice outfits to boot. Great to see at least a few of these early Pans performances.

9 August 2011 13:43

Suefan said…

Any Andi is well worth having so thanks YMG.

10 August 2011 23:34

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Pan’s People – Both Sides Now

Top of the Pops, 5 February 1970: Pan’s People dance to Judy Collins’ Both Sides Now.

A fairly muted performance here, to a middle-tempo folk-pop classic. Pan’s People uncharacteristically covered up in big patterned frocks with bags of smocking. When I posted this routine on the original blog I described the dresses as “Laura Ashley”, but on looking again, the style might be right for LA, but the fabric patterns don’t look traditional enough. If we only had a colour version of this recording to look at, that would settle it.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the youtube post.

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Pan’s People – Wedding Bell Blues

Top Of The Pops 22 January 70:
Pan’s People dance to Wedding Bell Blues by The Fifth Dimension.

It’s a mass wedding on Top of the Pops, and Pan’s People are the six beautiful brides: but it’s a 1970 wedding, so they’ve forsaken the traditional long trained-dress, and gone with tiny micro-mini-dresses instead. And nothing says 1970 like faun go-go boots!

Looks like the camera was operated by an amateur wedding photographer, too: just one static shot for the whole performance.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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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 on “Night Club” 1972

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 reparation 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 perdormance, but with one glaring exception: the bass guitarist. It’s pretty clear from his perfomance (and in “Shaft” the bass is at times the lead instrument) that he has never heard the original piece of music he’s performing. I think he’s probably site-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, this are two top quality (in performance terms if not reproduction) perfromances 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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This Is Your Life: Babs Powell

I’ve no anniversary routine to share today, 28 November: so since it’s Babs’ birthday, here’s a repeat post of her appearance on This is Your Life, 15 November 2001.

From the old blog, Saturday 26 March 2011:

Here’s an almost complete edition of This Is Your Life, featuring Babs Powell (née Lord), featuring most of her PP mates, and yert another outing for that Porridge “Beautiful Babs” gag.


jez said…

the only one missing here and its a shame from the original line up is ansi, i often wonder why she has never kept in touch with the others
29 March 2011 08:50

PattiforPM said…

I always thought Babs came across as wholesome and full of grace and this clip just confirms that
26 March 2011 17:30

Suefan said…

Nice to see all the ladies from the “Classic” line-up and especially good to see our diminutive New Yorker. I just wish either (a) they stop trotting out Norman Stanley Fletcher or (b) stop feigning surprise/amusement at a gag that they must have all heard a thousand times. Full marks to Babs for her charity exploits as well, although all this showbiz backslapping makes me sick.
26 March 2011 09:00

Featuring what looks like a clip from the (otherwise unavailable) Who Do You Love by Juicy Lucy routine, from TOTP 26 March 1970, bookended by a creepy appearance from The Unacceptable One.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – Make It With You

Top of the Pops, 3 September 1970: Pan’s People dance to Bread’s Make It With You.

A very relaxed, barefoot performance to a relaxed, barefoot sort of song.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 27 November 2010

Another soppy ballad performance from Pan’s People: dancing to Bread’s Make It With You, in very flimsy, sheer, slightly see-through silk. Mmmmm…


Young Mister Grace said:

Hi SilverSurfer70: My fault: the link was broken. I’ve fixed it now: thanks for pointing it out. Cheers! YMG
29 November 2010 11:46

SilverSurfer70 said:

This is a great routine and I’ve been looking for it for ages – ever since it was removed from YouTube… Now, it seems the RapidShare link has also been removed 🙁 Can you help?
29 November 2010 09:45

I was able to help out SilverSurfer70 back then, but I can no longer post download links to video clips, I’m afraid. The Kopyright Kops are just too mean. Sorry.

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