Saturday, 14 May 2011

Retro Blast - May 1976

I presume I don't need to tell you fellow retro junkies that BBC Four is currently screening vintage episodes of "Top of the Pops" roughly 40 years after their original Thursday night broadcast. As such this week saw them screen the debut of dance troupe Ruby Flipper - the little remembered bridge between Pans People and Legs & Co, featuring not only members of both but (shock horror!) three male dancers. Despite this far-sighted intro they only lasted until October, with the press and sixth floor suits giving the thumbs down to a mixed-sex, mixed race option. Suffice to say Floyd left to join Hot Gossip and TOTP itself retired Legs & Co in late 1981 for another mixed sex, mixed race replacement - Zoo.

"S_S_S_Single Bed" by Fox climbs to no4

My Resistance is Low

And from the very same TOTP here's Sir Cliff's classic "Devil Woman" at no24

As recently covered by "Glee" in an episode of the same name, a new entry at 29 is the Wings original of "Silly Love Songs"

and just one place behind is Gladys Knight & The Pips with a three year old track, "Midnight Train to Georgia"

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