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Who were Legs and Co?
  

Every wondered who the dancers in Legs and Co were or do you struggle to put a name to a face. Well it was the same for me in the 70's, I could only ever remember Sue! Now that I know who they are I've created these pages to help out others with the same problem.

Legs and Co were formed in 1976 to be the regular dance troupe on Top Of The Pops after senior people at the BBC objected to the mixed sex dance troupe Ruby Flipper. 3 of the Flippers, Sue, Patti and Lulu were kept on and were joined by 3 new girls, Pauline, Rosie and Gill. One other ex Flipper Floid would occasionally come back to make guest appearances with them. This line up remained constant until 1981 when Pauline decided to leave. She was replaced by Anita. They usually performed with 6 dancers, however it was not uncommon for only 5 and sometimes 4 girls to be used to allow for holidays and sickness. Late in 1981 the Top Of The Pops producer decided that they were no longer the 'in thing' and they were replaced on the show by Zoo, a constantly changing roster of dancers that were hired for each show. After leaving the TOTP 3 of the girls continued on the cabaret circuit with a number of new dancers. In 1983 the troupe's name was changed to Smax and this lasted until the they finally called it a day in 1984. They appeared on TOTP over 300 times.
There were seven dancers that appeared during their time on Top Of The Pops and they are listed below.

The dancers that appeared on Top Of The Pops
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Legs and Co
Sue MenhenickPatti HammondLulu CartwrightPauline Peters
Rosie HetheringtonGill ClarkAnita Mahadervan

Top Of The Pops Timeline


See below for male guest dancers. Zoo only dancers not shown.

Who appeared in what routine?
Ryan has created a comprehensive list of who danced in every routine, click the links below to search it or go to page 2 of this thread.
1976/1977
1978/1979
1980/1981

Dancers that joined after Top Of The Pops
Floid Pearce (Occasional)
Liz Green
Sandra Easby
Patricia McSherry
Tanya Lee

(Tanya replaced Liz and Sandra)

Choreography
Flick Colby 1976-1981

Manager
Ruth Pearson 1976-1981
Self managed from 1981

Guest Dancers
On TOTP very occasionally guest male dancers joined in with some routines, Floid Pearce was the only one to appear more than once. There are no known occurrences of any guest females.
 
A list of when other dancers joined them on the show


Floid:
Stevie Wonder - I Wish (23/12/76)
Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy (14/04/77)
Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis - You're Gonna Get Next To Me* (16/06/77)
Donna Summer - I Feel Love (11/08/77)
The Real Thing - Let's Go Disco (25/05/78)
John Travolta and Olivia Newton John - You're the One That I Want (25/05/78)
Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (21/09/78)
John Travolta and Olivia Newton John - Summer Nights* (25/12/78)
* - Also with five unknown male dancers
 
Martin: John Travolta - Sandy (19/10/78)
Alex: Startrax - Startrax Club Disco (13/08/81)
Jeremy: Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie - Endless Love (24/09/81)

(There are some occasions where they danced with the audience at the end of the show, these are not included).

Legs in disguise
How to tell who's who in routines where it's not easy to do so.

1978 The Smurf Song
1979 part 1 Tragedy
1979 part 2 Keep On Dancing, Something Else
1980 Casanova, Lady
1981 Once In A Lifetime, Japanese Boy

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Flick Colby 
Pan's People 1968-1972

Choreographer
Pan's People 1968-1976
Ruby Flipper 1976
Legs and Co 1976-1981
Zoo 1981-1983



Ruth Pearson 
Pan's People 1968-1976

Manager
Legs and Co 1976-1981

               
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Legs and Co occasional guest appearances 1976-1978, 1981-1983
Hot Gossip 1978 to 1986

               
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Patricia McSherry 
Legs and Co 1981-1983
Smax 1983-1984

               
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Tanya Lee 
Legs and Co 1982-1983
Smax 1983-1984

               
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Legs in Disguise 1978
The Smurf Song 15/06/1978 
One they'd probably prefer not to be recognised in!

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Legs in Disguise 1979 part 1
Tragedy 22/02/79 
With all that make up on they could be anyone. No just the usual girls.

Gill, Pauline, Lulu (top), Patti (bottom), Rosie, Sue


Pauline, Gill, Sue, Patti, Lulu, Rosie


Lulu (top), Patti (bottom)


Lulu


Patti, Pauline, Rosie


Patti


Pauline, Gill, Sue


Rosie


Sue, Gill (back), Lulu


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Legs in Disguise 1979 part 2
Keep On Dancing 01/03/79 
Some think that the veils make it difficult to identify them. Not really!

Lulu


Patti, Sue (in the background)


Pauline, Gill


Pauline, Sue, Rosie


Sue


Something Else 09/03/79
Wigs and making faces makes this one tough to ID

 

Rosie, Lulu


Gill, Sue


Patti, Gill


Pauline

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Legs in Disguise 1980
Casanova 09/10/80
White wigs, but there's loads of close ups to identify them.

Patti, Lulu, Pauline


Rosie, Sue


Gill, Pauline


Lady 04/12/80
No confusion here!

Patti, Lulu, Sue


Pauline, Rosie


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Legs in Disguise 1981
Once In A Lifetime 19/02/81 
Still fairly obvious despite the white caps.

Pauline (left), Patti (right)


Lulu (left), Gill (right)


Sue (left), Rosie (right)


Japanese Boy 27/08/81
Black wigs make it awkward to tell who's who.

Back Row: Anita (Blue), Rosie (Light Orange), Lulu (Purple)
Front Row: Gill (Red), Aneka, Sue (Green)



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