Everybody Clap _________________________________________________________________________________
Performed byLuluand reaching number 3 in the "Breakers" charts
(which means it was bubbling just outside the official Top 50) _________________________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date29/04/1971Duration of dance - 2.24 mins _________________________________________________________________________________
Dancers: Andrea, Babs, Dee Dee, Flick, Louise, Ruth _________________________________________________________________________________
A link to the dance:
From time to time, Pan's People would accompany other artists on TOTP with a supportive routine. "Everybody Clap" (also known as "Everybody's Got To Clap") is such a performance. Aired on the same edition as last week's offering "Mama's Pearl", it shows our girls dancing in unchanged outfits beside Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, better known as Lulu.
Lulu seemed to be TOTP's darling in those days judging from the number of times she appeared on the show with songs that never charted. She had been very popular from 1964 to 1969 but after that period the hits quickly dried up. A lot of people probably remember her best for her Eurovision smash "Boom Bang-A-Bang" in 1969. When asked about it, she told John Peel: "I know it's a rotten song, but I won, so who cares? I'd have sung "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" standing on my head if that's what it took to win." She made a brief return to the charts with "The Man Who Sold The World" in 1974 but it would take another 19 years before she enjoyed her biggest success and only number one hit with the help of boy band Take That and a remake of "Relight My Fire".
"Everybody Clap" was written by Lulu's then-husband Maurice Gibb and her brother Billy Lawrie and produced by Maurice Gibb. The recording also featured Leslie Harvey, John Bonham and Jack Bruce. Maurice Gibb can be seen in the performance, playing acoustic guitar. For me this song proves that the assistance of established musicians does not always guarantee a good record as I think the single bombed deservedly (notwithstanding that Tony Blackburn got all excited about it and called it a "fabulous new record" and "chartbound" – well wrong again, Tony!).
Lulu was actually a real live wire and wouldn't have needed the support from Pan's People. Maybe that's why we get to see so precious little of the girls – less than 30 seconds in all – but the routine is certainly worth watching if only for the breathtaking close-ups just before the 1 min. mark.
I've added this performance as a little extra this week, because it could be regarded as the 'sister' routine of "Mama's Pearl". It isn't up for ratings or DotD but your comments are most welcome. Please don't forget to also add your ratings for "Mama's Pearl" if you haven't done so already.
Beautiful colour and clarity making me once again so sad that so many other performances are not available from this time and later. Those close ups are indeed great but I must agree the song is a dirge and what's with the big grunt in the chorus? Anyway a real treat to see Pans People in their Mam's Pearl glad rags again. Pity they could have had Lulu and the ladies dancing together; now that would have been fascinating
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
With MMML and her entourage invading their dancing space the ladies have generously agreed to stick around to support this song. Over and above the call of duty if you ask me, even if they had been regulars on the lady's own show some two years earlier, but always nice to see some close-ups.
It's easy to make comparisons with Mama's Pearl, because of the practically identical set of costumes, but from the relatively low-key appearances of Pan's People that we to get to see here, they're really enjoying themselves, supporting Lulu, no not that one, it's just a shame about the rather dismal stage scenery.
don't like the song at all ,there was another dance troupe who also did a backing dance to this song along with lulu about the same time in 1971 ,it was the pop show whitakers world of music and the dancers I think were called pieces of eight ,so obviously the producers thought lulu needed somebody else along on stage to try and enhance her performance to this song ,I must admit though lulu has always remained very trendy
This is the only featured Pan's performance I haven't commented on and I'll throw in something different to usual as it's not up for ratings. Last week I went a long walk in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. Sun shining all day long, birdsong, butterflies fluttering down the lanes, country pub. Timeless and wonderful. Seize it before summer's gone all too quickly once again. Along the way I had a look round the churchyard in the little village of Rushock. What's the connection with this routine and TOTP generally?
Any outfit that annoyed Mary Whitehouse is ok with me. My best Lulu moment was a duet on Ready Steady Go with Tom Jones, can't remember the song but great electricity. Odd that this was kept when so many classic numbers were lost.
Ok. The clue in my follow-up post was heard on TOTP for years. Rushock is the burial place of John Bonham, who provided the drumming on Everybody Clap and of course Led Zeppelin gave us the theme music played with the charts for years.
There were probably 100 drum-sticks left on the grave in tribute when I visited. Plus cymbals, coins, a tambourine, angels...and the obligatory bottle of wine. You can see many drum-sticks on the pic of his final resting place on his Wikipedia page. There's more stuff now, but it's all kept nice and neat.