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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 vintage Pan’s People routine that’s new to this site. A fine routine too, with the danceres looking relaxed and well-rehearsed.

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

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Pan’s People – Another Saturday Night

Here’s another rarity: a Pan’s People TOTP routine that’s new to this blog: they dance to Cat Stevens’ hit cover of Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night, 13 September 1974.

It’s takes a lot of chutzpah to cover a Sam Cooke song: your performance will always be compared with the master’s original. But Cat Stevens just about gets away with it.

The dancers’ performances and outfits are surprisingly jolly, given the sad edge to the lyrics subject matter: but I’m not complaining: it’s always nice to see them get the chance to goof around a little.

Many thanks to my anonymous donor for this excellent routine.

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Pan’s People – Until You Come Back To Me

Top of the Pops, 14 March 1974: Pan’s People dance to Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back To Me.

From the old blog, Saturday, 5 July 2014:

We’ve already had a grainy, low-quality black & white version of this classic Pan’s People routine on the blog for a while. But now, thanks to my anonymous benefactor, here’s a full colour version. Pan’s People dance to Aretha Franlin’s Until You Come Back To Me on Top of the Pops, 14 March 1974.

Still not perfectly picture quality, but a big improvement. Those posh frocks certainly benefit from the restored colour.

Thanks again to my anonymous donor.

comments:

VintageVideos said…

I just love how Ruth is Aretha Franklin in this routine. First class!
5 July 2014 12:33

form sp said…

What beautifull fabric on those dresses.
The color version really shows just what shade of green louise in wearing.
Thanks for posting this and the others. A job well done OFTDs
Katy and Claie
5 July 2014 16:28

PattiforPM said…

I’m a convert Vin. Ruthie is fantastic here and I swear she calls me “baby” at least once too! Thanks anon poster and YMG
6 July 2014 05:15

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Pan’s People – Philadelphia Freedom

Top of the Pops, 13th March 1975:

Pans People dance to Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John.

Flasg waving Pans here, half honour guard, half cheerleaders.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 15 September 2009:

Pan’s People on Top of the Pops, in military-ish uniforms (I’ve never seen a soldier with a skirt that tiny) dancing and waving flags to Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom.

Introduced by Sodden Lemon (anagram), it’s another clip from German TV channel EinsFestival’s classic TOTP repeats.

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Pan’s People – Machine Gun

Top of the Pops, 20 September 1974: Pan’s People dance to Machine Gun by The Commodores.

From a generous, anonymous donor, here’s another classic routine that’s new to this blog. Pan’s people, in one-piece white bell-bottom outfits, dancing to The Commodore’s first hit, a spirited instrumental.

Noel Edmonds, usually a practitioner of terrible puns, actually manages a reasonable play on words in his introduction.

Many thanks to my anonymous donor.

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Pan’s People – Funky Weekend

Top Of The Pops 26 February 1976:
Pan’s People dance to ‘Funky Weekend’ The Stylistics

Thanks to SuPaLu for the youtube post.

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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.

comments:

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 – 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 – 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.

comments:

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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