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Pans People – The Entertainer

Pan’s People dance to “The Entertainer” by Marvin Hamlisch. Top of the Pops, 18-04-74.

Here’s a clip I first posted on the old blog in October 2014, not long before the Copyright Gestapo shut it down. Alas, the wonderful archive.org, where I’ve been digging up gems from my old posts, only have the resources to scan each of the world’s web sites every few months: consequently they have no record of my last few months of posts for me to resurrect.

Top of the Pops was always more about “what’s popular” than “what’s cool”: which often made for an eclectic collection of whatever happened to be in the charts. So when The Sting was such a big hit movie ion 1974, this version of Scott Joplin’s theme music was a surprise hit, and Pan’s People got a chance to display their versatility.

Many thanks to the generous donor, who asked to remain anonymous.

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Pan’s People – Disco Connection

TOTP, 15 April 1976: Pan’s People, dancing to Isaac hayes’ Disco Connection.

Thanks to Glenn Marshall for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 26 August 2008:

comment:

gr8musicvids said…

Just thought I’d leave you a message to say keep up the great work with this blog. I was a teen in the 70’s so you have now made an old dad very happy. I’ve been searching all over the internet for Pans People for years and these clips here are great, the best I have found. Thanks ;o)

30 August 2008 09:19

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Pan’s People – Paperback Writer

Top of the Pops, 8 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to Paperback Writer by The Beatles.

Cherry, Mary, Ruth and Sue dance among paperback book racks of the sort only now seen in charity shops, clutching open books.

In early 1976, EMI re-launched* all of their Beatles singles catalogue, along with a new single release of Yesterday (already a hit in America in 1965, it was only originally released as an album and EP track in the UK). Here’s one of the couple that made it into the charts on relaunch, the 1966 hit Paperback Writer. The song had been kept alive in the public’s ear through its use as a theme tune to Read All About It, Melvyn Bragg’s BBC book review programme.

* Realunched, as opposed to re-released: all the singles had remained available in the EMI catalogue since their original release: none had been deleted.

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Pan’s People – Homely Girl

TOTP, 4 April 1974: Pan’s People dance to the Chi-lites Homely Girl.

From the old blog, Monday 26 July 2010:

I’m surprised I haven’t got around to posting this little gem of literal choreography until now. To celebrate my return to life with a third post in one day, here’s Pan’s People transforming from dungarees and marker-pen freckles (“Homely Girl”) to fur-fringed baby-doll nighties and silver slippers (“You’re a beautiful woman’). To the music of the Chi-lites.

Thanks once again to Einsfestival for the rebroadcast.

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Pan’s People – Jungle Rock

Top of the Pops, April 1st 1976: Pan’s People dance to Hank Mizell’s Jungle Rock.

One of the rare few songs that both Pan’s People and Legs & Co. have danced to, this performance is much more substantial than Legs & Co’s loose festive reprise in the Christmas episode later that year. Some neat choreography here, and the on-safari victorian explorer outfits are pretty cute. Some nice dancing from the animals too.

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Pan’s People – Seasons in the Sun

Top of the Pops, 28 March 1974: Pan’s People dance Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks.

Many thanks to the generous anonymous donor who sent this rare clip for the old blog last year.

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Pan’s People – Yesterday

Top of the Pops, 25 march 1976: Pan’s People dance to The Beatles’ Yesterday.

From the old blog, Friday, 26 August 2011:

Yet another generous contribution from PattiforPM: here are Pan’s People dancing to the Fab Four’s Yesterday, part of the great Beatles reissued-singles chart onslaught of 1976.

Comments:

Some Guy said…

Thanks P4PM, another late PP treat, dont remember this dance first time round. Like the imaginative choreography with the large circular steps and love Cherrys dead pan stare at 1.17 also. All super stuff.
27 August 2011 08:39

Suefan said…

Like Ryan I like the choreography; the costumes, now that’s another matter.
27 August 2011 15:14

PattiforPM said…

I too love Cherry’s commanding performance here. The costumes are a little strange, perhaps biblical grass skirts but I’m not sure. Where’s Ms Emmapeelpants our resident fashionista when we need her?
29 August 2011 01:57

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Pan’s People – What Am I Gonna Do with You

Top of the Pops, 20 March 1975:
Pan’s People dance to What Am I Gonna Do with You by Barry White.

Pan’s People in posh white frocks dance to a classic romantic rumble from the “Walrus of Love”.

An example of the unpredictability of dry-ice: at times the clouds of carbon dioxide threaten to engulf the dancers entirely.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – The Tango’s Over

Top of the Pops 13 September 1974:
Pan’s People dance to The Tango’s Over with singer Mick Robertson

Here’s the last of this batch of rare 1974 Pan’s people Performances. If you’re old enough to remember this, you’ll probably remember this singer’s day job as the presenter of ITV kids’ show Magpie. And should someone not have told him to stick to that day job?

The song is clearly in a key that’s just a little too high for him: which might be understandable in a karaoke situation, but this is after all his own record. And his rabbit-in-the-headlights stage fright performance here might be understandable in an amateur performer thrust on the stage, but he’s a seasoned showbiz performer, well used to the TV studio.

Still, what better way to mask his inadequacy than shove Pan’s people in fromt of him?

Choreography-wise, I suppose there’s not much else you do with a tango tune that’s got “Tango” in the title. But flick builds a reasonable entertaining routine around the song.

My thanks again to the anonymous donor of these routines.

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Pan’s People – Hot Love

Top of the Pops, 18 March 1971: T. Rex Perform Hot Love while Pan’s People dance on a separate stage.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 21 April 2010:

Here’s a little vintage Pan’s People from TOTP in 1971. It’s a performance by T. Rex in the studio, with Pan’s People giving more of a supporting performance than a full dance routine. Well worth watching nonetheless. Those knitted (or is it crochet?) bikini tops are just so 1971.

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