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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 – 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.


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 – Tap Turns On The Water

Top of the Pops, 16 September 1971:
Pan’s People dance to Tap Turns On The Water by CCS.

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I had posted a version of this rare Pan’s People treat on the old blog: but as many people remarked, there were audio/video synching problems with it. Soon I was sent this properly synched version from a different source.

Pan’s People are dancing in a grand victorian palace of industry, which I thought at first was Battersea Power Station (being the ignorant provincial I am): but “OB” (aka Albert Trinker) soon put me right:

Turns out they’re in the Kempton Park pumping station. You can see the huge Engine No. 6 that they’re dancing on/in front of here.

Steam power and PP! Ticks so many boxes! 🙂

OB (aka Albert!)

I’m grateful to the generous donor who sent this clip, but I can’t remember if they had asked to remain anonymous or not. Please get in touch if you want to by credited by name.

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Pan’s People – River Deep, Mountain High

Top of the Pops 1 July 1971: Pan’s People dance to River Deep, Mountain High by The Supremes & The Four Tops.

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Pan’s People & Lulu – Mercy

The Lulu Show, 1969: Pan’s People & Lulu dance to Willie Mitchell’s Mercy.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 1 July 2014:

Thanks to my anonymous contributor, here’s another Pan’s people performance from The Lulu Show. This time Lulu herself is dancing with them, along with two blokes whose names I don’t have.

As Lulu says in her (slightly cheesy) introduction, the funky instrumental they’re dancing to here is Willie Mitchell’s Mercy.

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Pan’s People – Mama’s Pearl

Top of the Pops, 29 April 1971: Pan’s People dance to Mama’s Pearl by The Jackson Five.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 16 November 2010:

Here’s an early Pan’s People routine, from 1971 (Look! Flick dancing! And Andi too!) The song’s Mama’s Pearl by The Jacksons.
Dig those flesh-coloured go-go boots!

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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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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Pan’s People – Great Balls of Fire

A Pan’s People routine from Georgie Fame & Alan Price’s TV Show The Price of Fame on 20 November 1969. It’s the early Andi/Flick version of PP, dancing in classic early-seventies see-through yellow outfits, while Georgie & Alan sing and play Great Balls of Fire, and the titles roll.

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Legs & Co. on Larry Grayson’s Generation Game

Larry Grayson’s Generation Game, 18 November 1978

Legs & Co (as Grayson’s Groovers) dance to The Bee Gees’ Night Fever

There’s also an extended version posted by Andeebee on youtube.

From the old blog, Sunday, 26 February 2012:

This clip was recently posted over on panspeople.com by Flight14.

Legs & Co. appear on the Larry Grayson/Isla St. Clair incarnation of The Generation Game. They’re demonstrating that peculiarly formal version of “Disco Dancing” taught by ageing dance instructors, with our old friend Floyd, and a couple of other blokes. And yes, Larry, I know what you mean: where do I recognise the tall tall blonde guy from? New Edition? The Young Generation? I dunno.

Then there’s a rare appearance by Flick as expert judge. I assume that the whole “People think ‘Flick’ is a man” routine she does with Larry is really about Larry himself expecting a chap to show up. But I’m just guessing here.

Flick is extravagantly generous in handing out points, a tradition on this show.


Suefan said…

Most entertaining and great to see the dancers having such fun. Loved the dresses and Flick looked fantastic as well.
26 February 2012 16:44

Some Guy said…

Yes this is a great find. Always nice to see Flick, and to hear her talking was a real treat. Larry was such a funny guy, his harmless gentle camp humour always had me in stitches. Yet another funny man from the 70s when i was growing up who is no longer with us.
26 February 2012 20:18

PattiforPM said…

Great fun for all involved and for us and any footage of Flick is precious.
3 March 2012 16:31

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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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