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Pan's People - Top of the Pops Performances (1973)

panfan's picture

 

 

 

 

PAN'S PEOPLE PERFORMANCES
ON TOP OF THE POPS

1973

1973

Watch

Date

Track

Artist

Dancers

04-Jan-73

You're So Vain

Carly Simon

-

11-Jan-73

-

-

-

18-Jan-73

-

-

-

25-Jan-73

Papa was a Rollin' Stone

The Temptations

-

01-Feb-73

You're So Vain (Repeat)

Carly Simon

-

08-Feb-73

-

-

-

15-Feb-73

-

-

-

22-Feb-73

Doctor My Eyes

Jackson 5

-

01-Mar-73

Killing Me Softly

Roberta Flack

-

08-Mar-73

-

-

-

15-Mar-73

Love Train

The O'Jays

-

22-Mar-73

Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree

Tony Orlando And Dawn

-

29-Mar-73

-

-

-

05-Apr-73

-

-

-

 

12-Apr-73

[No broadcast / Strike]

-

-

 

19-Apr-73

[No broadcast / Strike]

-

-

27-Apr-73

-

-

-

04-May-73

-

-

-

11-May-73

Also Sprach Zarathustra

Eumir Deodato

-

18-May-73

You Want It, You Got It

Detroit Emeralds

-

25-May-73

-

-

-

01-Jun-73

Walking in the Rain

Partridge Family

-

08-Jun-73

-

-

-

15-Jun-73

-

-

-

22-Jun-73

Take Me to the Mardi Gras

Paul Simon

-

29-Jun-73

-

-

-

06-Jul-73

Finders Keepers

Chairmen of the Board

-

13-Jul-73

-

-

-

20-Jul-73

Spanish Eyes

Al Martino

-

27-Jul-73

Alright Now

Free

-

03-Aug-73

You Can Do Magic

Limmy & the Family Cookin'

-

10-Aug-73

Smarty Pants

First Choice

-

17-Aug-73

I'm Doin' Fine

New York City

-

24-Aug-73

Fool

Elvis Presley

-

31-Aug-73

I Think of You

Detroit Emeralds

-

 

06-Sep-73

[No Broadcast]

-

-

13-Sep-73

Monster Mash (Video version)

Bobby "Boris" Pickett

-

20-Sep-73

Nutbush City Limits

Ike and Tina Turner

-

27-Sep-73

Monster Mash (Studio version)

Bobby "Boris" Pickett

-

04-Oct-73 (500th TOTP)

That Lady

Isley Brothers

-

11-Oct-73

Ghetto Child

Detroit Spinners

-

18-Oct-73

-

-

-

25-Oct-73

-

-

-

01-Nov-73

Daydreamer

David Cassidy

-

08-Nov-73

-

-

-

15-Nov-73

Do You Wanna Dance

Barry Blue

-

22-Nov-73

Keep on Truckin'

Eddie Kendricks

-

29-Nov-73

Lamplight

David Essex

-

06-Dec-73

-

-

-

13-Dec-73

-

-

-

20-Dec-73

Love on a Mountain Top

Robert Knight

-

25-Dec-73

Get Down

Gilbert O'Sullivan

-

27-Dec-73

Spirit in the Sky

Norman Greenbaum

-

 

Key to Dancers:

D – Dee Dee Wilde R - Ruth Pearson L – Louise Clarke B – Babs Lord
C - Cherry Gillespie      

 

PERFORMANCE SUMMARY:

Year Performances on TOTP Surviving Archives
1973    

 

PERFORMANCES PER DANCER:

Dee Dee Ruth Babs Louise Cherry
         

 

Please let us know of any errata!

 

NB This is a work in progress. Popscene lists the following additional performances which we cannot as yet confirm:

11 January 73 - (31) CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD – I’m On My Way To A Better Place (danced to by Pan’s People)

18 January 73 - (15) FREE – Wishing Well (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 February 73 - (17) STEVIE WONDER – Superstition (danced to by Pan’s People)

15 February 73 - (22) FOCUS – Hocus Pocus (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 March 73 - No Pan's People performance

29 March 73 - (12) TIMMY THOMAS – Why Can’t We Live Together (danced to by Pan’s People)

05 April 73 - (6) LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND – Tweedlee Dee (danced to by Pan’s People)

27 April 73 - No Pan's People performance

04 May 73 - No Pan's People performance

25 May 73 - (18) STEVIE WONDER – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (danced to by Pan’s People)

25 May 73 - (17) LOU REED – Walk On The Wild Side (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 June 73 - (22) EDGAR WINTER GROUP – Frankenstein (danced to by Pan’s People)

15 June 73 - (27) THE JACKSON 5 – Hallelujah Day (danced to by Pan’s People)

29 June 73 - (26) NEIL SEDAKA – Standing On The Inside (danced to by Pan’s People)

13 July 73 - No Pan's People performance

18 October 73 - (10) ELTON JOHN – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (danced to by Pan’s People)

25 October 73 - (11) THE DETROIT SPINNERS– Ghetto Child (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 November 73 - (28) PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS – Helen Wheels (danced to by Pan’s People)

06 December 73 - (24) EDDIE KENDRICKS – Keep On Truckin’ (danced to by Pan’s People)

13 December 73 - No Pan's People performance

 

44 comments

panfan's picture

This is likely old news to the TOTP experts here, but I was recently told that another edition of Top of the Pops has been located within the archives of the National Film Archive.

Dated 22.11.73, Pan's dance to 'Keep On Truckin'.

Doc's picture

It does appear that the BFI have a copy of 22-11-73 and have notified the BBC about it.

Gary H's picture

Kaleidoscope have just announced that the 22/11/73 edition will be shown along with the 18/11/71 TOTP (with PP dancing to Let's See Action) also. Please feel free to check out the Kaleidoscope website for full details of the day's event.

Gary H

panfan's picture

Thanks for posting about Kaleidoscope, Gary. I hope some of us will manage along to see it. Sadly I'm too far away for these to really get a chance to attend.

JEZ's picture

Hi pp4ever ,as i always find you to be an expert on pp routines ,i wonder if you have any info on what routine the ladies may have danced on the 4th jan 1973 edition of totp ,i was reading a ladies story of how she was once a real david bowie fan ,and her and her friends would follow david bowie around at his concerts etc ,anyway she says she was in the audience the day david had performed the jean genie live in jan 73 ,she recalls that pans people had just done their routine on stage ,and as they exited the stage ,the girls stopped to watch david do his performance ,the lady can remember that 2 of the pans ladies were wearing red fur coats ,have you any thoughts pp4ever on what routine the girls could have been dressed in these coats ,many thanks

pp4ever's picture

I wouldn't say I'm an expert as I have failed here. This bit of information doesn't correlate with anything I currently know, sorry.

JEZ's picture

Hi pp4ever ,well to me you are certainley a very knowledge guy regarding pans people ,pheraps after all these years the lady who was in the audience hasnt quite remembered the girls costumes correctly ,she may have got mixed up pheraps with another routine ,if she had been to more than one totp recording ,i have just checked on popscene pp4ever for pans routine for the 4th jan 73 edition ,and it says it was youre so vain ,so that rules that costume out for that routine ,do you know if popscenes listing of youre so vain danced by pans is 100 percent correct for the 4th jan edition or not ,id sooner trust your info on this ,than just automatically presume because popscene have listed it ,it will be correct ,so if you say pp4ver that pp danced to carly simon on the 4th ,then i think the lady who tells the story of being in the audience ,could possibly got the memory of the costumes wrong ,cheers mate

panfan's picture

OK, that's about all I have for 73 - so over to the TOTP experts for peer review!

Any additions and corrections most gratefully appreciated!

panfan's picture

I know I've still to add thumbnails for Monster Mash etc, and many that have the bin thumbnail aren't wiped - I just used that as a default place holder as in earlier years it was easier to auume wiped unless proven otherwise!

JEZ's picture

can i just say these pics against the routine entries look fantastic ,its great to see a few rare pics from wiped routines ,such as also sprach zarathustra and smarty pants ,many thanks

Flight14's picture

I agree with you Jez.The 1973 P P Routines topic is really colourful & radiant-looking at the costumes & sets,because in part  I suppose the BBC were making full use of the fact the sale of Colour TV's in the UK were increasing steadily.'Nutbush City Limits' is one of the best that year.

WTH's picture

It's great to see a still of 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree' in the list.

Those lemony dresses and matching heels look fantastic.

I hope the BBC have the full routine in their archives and not just the short clip we saw recently.

This has gone straight to the top of my 'want list' and I hope it is shown in it's entirety soon.

Boogiebox's picture

I also love the lemony dresses and matching heels.

One of PP's best ever dances, and also hoping this and the other routines exist in full at the BBC.

Claire

Boogiebox's picture

Tie A Yellow Ribbon, 22/3/73

Does the BBC have the Pan's People routines in full that were shown as very brief extracts on Tales Of Television Centre?:

Besides the above, I believe the rest were, in the same order following Dawn:

I Wanna Dance Wit Choo
We've Only Just Begun
Smarty Pants
Island Girl (Rehearsal)
The Love You Save

Claire

pp4ever's picture

Panfan mentions in this thread:-

http://www.panspeople.com/?q=node/1191

I can tell you that the clips shown on Tales of TV Centre were excerpted from a number of broadcast quality routines supplied for the show.

Boogiebox's picture

Thanks for the link and quote. :)

Wow!  From this, it sounds like they're all complete, and there's more routines at the BBC listed as wiped that the BBC didn't show.

Please tell more and/or Panfan, whoever knows.

This is fantastic news.

Claire

WTH's picture

Supplied by whom?.

panfan's picture

These are the routines that were supplied for the TV Centre documentary:

The routines on the tape were:
 
06.08.70 Stevie Wonder ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’
13.08.70 The Jackson Five ‘The Love You Save’
22.03.73 Dawn ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’
11.05.73 Deodato 'Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)'
10.08.73 First Choice 'Smarty Pants'
08.05.75 Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes 'I Wanna Dance Wit Choo'
 
 
They also looked at, but didn't use:

20.07.73 Chairmen of the Board ‘Finders Keepers’
07.11.74 Dionne Warwick and the Detroit Spinners ‘Then Came You’

Suefan's picture

Minor discrepancy in this list since "Finders Keepers" is from the 06/07/73 show as shown in the main list above.  On 20/07/73 we were treated to several pairs of sparkling "Spanish Eyes".

Boogiebox's picture

I didn't recognise the Deodato routine, but the show is online and I, no doubt most of us have it on DVDs, so I'll re-play it when I get a mo.

All excellent routines, and thanks for the routines and date info. :)

Claire

pp4ever's picture

Neither Deodato, Stevie Wonder, Chairmen of the Board or The Detroit Spinners routines were featured in the doc. 

Boogiebox's picture

Although Deodato was one of four routines not chosen for Tales Of Television Centre, as the BBC have the other three, do they also have the Pan's People routine for Deodato's Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Rn7S2zLWEI

It looks like all four and those broadcast just as clips on Tales all exist in full. :)

Claire

Boogiebox's picture

Slightly off-topic, but also related, Panfan, which edition was the brief Kenny Everett footage from that featured on Tales Of Television Centre?, and

Does the BBC have the whole show the Kenny footage derives from? 

It was broadcast between Pan's People dancing to We've Only Just Begun and Smarty Pants.

Claire

Rusty Carno's picture

Like WTH, I'd be really interested in knowing the source of the Tape PanFan.  Was it from one of the Dancers or do we not know or can we not say?

Rusty

Beautifulbabs's picture

Ghetto Child -Detroit Spinners appeared too briefly at least on the early evening version. Dark red catsuits

panfan's picture

Before I go further, can I query the 1973 dates?

Comparing dates based on the Popscene list, I notice that after the strikes, they resume the TOTP broadcast dates from 27 April 1973 (a Friday), and not 26 April (Thursday).  I guess they just got their calendar mixed up - TOTP didn't move to Friday in 1973, did it!! :O

panfan's picture

Hmm, Jez tells me TOTP did migrate to Fridays from April to Septembe rin 1973 - well I never!

panfan's picture

Here's what Popscene says for the dayes we have blank:

11 January 73 - (31) CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD – I’m On My Way To A Better Place (danced to by Pan’s People)

18 January 73 - (15) FREE – Wishing Well (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 February 73 - (17) STEVIE WONDER – Superstition (danced to by Pan’s People)

15 February 73 - (22) FOCUS – Hocus Pocus (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 March 73 - No Pan's People performance

29 March 73 - (12) TIMMY THOMAS – Why Can’t We Live Together (danced to by Pan’s People)

05 April 73 - (6) LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND – Tweedlee Dee (danced to by Pan’s People)

27 April 73 - No Pan's People performance

04 May 73 - No Pan's People performance

25 May 73 - (18) STEVIE WONDER – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (danced to by Pan’s People)

25 May 73 - (17) LOU REED – Walk On The Wild Side (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 June 73 - (22) EDGAR WINTER GROUP – Frankenstein (danced to by Pan’s People)

15 June 73 - (27) THE JACKSON 5 – Hallelujah Day (danced to by Pan’s People)

29 June 73 - (26) NEIL SEDAKA – Standing On The Inside (danced to by Pan’s People)

13 July 73 - No Pan's People performance

18 October 73 - (10) ELTON JOHN – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (danced to by Pan’s People)

25 October 73 - (11) THE DETROIT SPINNERS– Ghetto Child (danced to by Pan’s People)

08 November 73 - (28) PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS – Helen Wheels (danced to by Pan’s People)

06 December 73 - (24) EDDIE KENDRICKS – Keep On Truckin’ (danced to by Pan’s People)

13 December 73 - No Pan's People performance

JEZ's picture

Hi panfan ,i think its ok to add tweedle dee by little jimmy osmond to the database ,as i remember reading one totp viewers memories of how him and his sister were watching totp ,and his sister sat waiting to record little jimmys new song on a tape recorder ,the song started and as his sister started taping the song pans people appeared  doing a tap routine throughout the song of tweedle dee,i dont think his sister was too imopressed lol

panfan's picture

Thanks Jez, will sort later...

Boogiebox's picture

Hi Panfan

Spanish Eyes, Take Me To The Mardi Gras, You Can Do Magic, I'm Doin' Fine Now and I Think Of You all exist privately.

I Think Of You also exists in colour.  Here's the b/w version with the other songs bar the first:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xasw4b_pan-s-people-mardi-gras_music

Claire

Suefan's picture

You may want to add the fact that on the 27/12/73 show, immediately prior to the "Spirit In The Sky" routine,  "I Want You Back" from 1970 was shown again.  However, while the Jacksons track played throughout the film was intercut with brief snippets of "Green River", "Weavers Answer", and "Montego Bay".

Boogiebox's picture

Are Green River, The Weaver's Answer and Montego Bay the same pieces of footage that the BBC have today, of which the first is a rehearsal, and originating from the late Bob Pratt?

It's a bit different that those songs were intercut, but while not documented on the original database, this shows the BBC had more than we thought, unless it's just that they've had them all this time and info has only come to light in recent times.  Still very good news though. :)

Claire

Suefan's picture

Yes it is the same rehearsal footage of Green River as by December 73 the beeb had already wiped its own master.

Boogiebox's picture

http://www.pf-roio.de/voio/TV.html

Hi Suefan

I'm not sure which part of 1972 or 1973 the BBC transferred their archives to Brentford, keeping 2 out of 3 editions, but it could have been just a matter of months before 27/12/73 that they wiped the original Broadcast version of Green River.  We'll probably never know unless there's a record kept somewhere, but a Rehearsal copy is still very good and epitomises Pan's People's excellent dancing whose dances shine through in both broadcast and rehearsal routines. :)

I see the two Fire songs were among many others on 27/12/73.

This signifies that they, also probably originated from Bob Pratt's collection, but this begs the question as to whether the Julie Driscoll performance, most likely 6/6/68 is the same copy the BBC has had for several years as part of the mute DJ link copy of the 6/6/68 show or it was an orphan insert.

That's got me intrigued now.

Claire

Flight14's picture

Yes,I think you are probably right Claire.All 3 were sourced from the BBC archive originally & the last 2 aren't available yet complete on YT.

'500th Edition' : Thursday 4th October 1973 : 'That Lady'- 'The Isley Brothers' :

Here's a photo to fit into the thumbnail box on the left,as it looks like it could be the correct dance routine?:

 

Boogiebox's picture

Hi Peter

Excellent photos of Pan's People, with I'm assuming Dee Dee in the middle?

Is there Youtube footage of Montego Bay around?

There was a few years ago, but it was deleted, but I've seen a clip of Flick's section of The Weaver's Answer and the whole of the rehearsal of Green River.

Claire

Flight14's picture

- 'That Lady' by The Isley Brothers Pan's People dance routine.......

& from that same show.....remember Dee Dee saying she saw 'The Who' attempt to demolish the Top Of The Pops Studio ?...........:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qv6QTrWXN4

 

Boogiebox's picture

Did the crowd appear with Pan's People over the closing credits to do Finders Keepers on 6/7/73?

I first thought this, when Finders Keepers was first thought to be from 20/7/73, but as Spanish Eyes was, I'm not so sure, but I've only seen a brief clip of Finders, so I remain uncertain, also as several of Popscene's wiped editions have guessed running orders.

20/7 has the aforementioned Spanish Eyes, and as that edition now exists in audio, whether or not Popscene have heard the edition or been given the running order info, as their moderator said on that forum that they don't have access to all the editions they list as existing in audio, it looks very likely that this is the correct running order. 

Do the BBC have Finders Keepers complete from 6/7/73, or is it just an excerpt?

The Rare TV Archive copy in b/w is probably complete.

As to You're So Vain, I've seen differences of opinion on the original date this routine was broadcast - 4/1/73 and 18/1/73.  Probably none of us know for sure which is the correct date, as very little is known of January 1973 routines, but I thought I'd ask.

A 2 week or 4 week gap between the original broadcast and the repeat could both easily apply, but I'm just not sure if or how many times Pan's People had month gaps between broadcasts of the same routines, but as some studio performances of bands have had 4 or more weeks apart, I can't rule either Carly Simon routine date out.

Claire

Suefan's picture

No crowd nor credits in the Finders Keepers I've seen which was about two and half minutes long.

Boogiebox's picture

Hi Suefan

Thanks for clearing up the mystery surrounding this routine. :)

I hope the BBC will show it in its full length one day.

Claire

Boogiebox's picture

Several dance routines are mislabelled as "Performance" & "Repeat Performance" where the artists the dancers are dancing to are not accompanying them in the studio.

One example is Egyptian Reggae - first shown on 24/11/77 then repeated on 15/12/77.

Well, I was recently having a look at the Database info for Ghetto Child and have compared the following:

11/10/73 - Performance (should be Disc, as the Detroit Spinners don't accompany Pan's People)

25/10/73 - Repeat Performance

On this basis, could 25/10/73 be a repeat of the 11/10/73 routine?

No idea about how Ghetto Child appeared on 1/11/73, but more than likely to a chart rundown or the playout song, but as to the two October dates, I feel convinced there is a connection.

Can anyone corroborate this info?

While there are many cases of two "Discs" where at least one is definitely a Pan's People routine, thus most are probably repeated, I feel extra confident about this one.  If the pattern goes in line with Egyptian Reggae and several other tunes, there could be a relation.

Claire

Scrooge McDuck's picture

According to Popscene, the Pan's People routine was indeed repeated on 25/10/1973:


25-10-73: Presenter: Jimmy Savile O.B.E. (Wiped)

(4) DAVID BOWIE – Sorrow (and charts)
(28) LYNSEY DE PAUL – Won’t Somebody Dance With Me
(18) MAX BYGRAVES – Deck Of Cards (video)
(11) THE DETROIT SPINNERS– Ghetto Child (danced to by Pan’s People) ®
(NEW) THE FOUR TOPS – Sweet Understanding Love
(24) THE HOLLIES – The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee *
(14) THE ISLEY BROTHERS – That Lady (video)
(32) THE OSMONDS – Let Me In
(1) DAVID CASSIDY – Daydreamer (video)
(29) STEVIE WONDER – Higher Ground (crowd dancing) (and credits)

* although this show is wiped, this performance still exists

 
I think it's about time that 11/10/1973 slips into the 'collector's circle', just like almost any other existing show :)
Boogiebox's picture

It looks very promising that 25/10/73 was a repeat of 11/10/73 after all from this! :)

Popscene has several guesses of info and running orders for wiped editions, so I wasn't sure, but they must have found this out from somewhere to come to this conclusion.  It would certainly follow the pattern of other discs that are disguised as performances and repeat performances, one of which coming up at the end of year by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers. :) 

11/10/73 is probably one of the most sought after editions to obtain.  It has a great line-up of songs with a lovely presenter who always put fun into his presentations.

Claire