Impressive pictures of the early days of Ruby Flipper. Wouldn't it be entertainingly informative if Patti or Lulu were to provide some background detail on the photo session? They all appear to be in good spirits and look as though a long illustrious career in RF awaited them.
Yes, LNV, it would be nice to have more details about this photoshoot. They all look happy and confident and seemed to have gelled together here. Little did they know when these snaps were being taken, that their great optimistic, exciting adventure as Ruby Flipper would last barely six months. I bet the guys in the group thought they'd be on TOTP for at least two or three years.
Dug5y thank you very much for posting these extra photos. I never knew they existed. I wonder if RF posed for any other photocalls outside the TOTP environment? Perhaps not.
Thanks for these Dug5y.These are all superb finds.
I think the second photo of the above batch of black and white photos is the most interesting, as it is from a DIFFERENT photoshoot and so is the first Ruby Flipper photo outside of the big batch that were taken in the shoot just before their debut.
It seems that this different photo was taken the following week, during rehearsals for Ruby Flipper's second week on the show for their 13th May appearance, as Floyd and Gavin are wearing their 'Love Hangover' white outfits, with Floyd's shark tooth necklace, while Phil is wearing the shirt, and Cherry is wearing the famous denim shorts from the 'Soul City Walking' routine from the same edition (13th May). The rest of the girls seem to be in their casual clothes.
I think you're most definitelty correct. The second photo of the above batch is attributed to being taken on 13th May 1976 within the REX Agency files whereas the photos from the more common photoshoot are attributed to 6th May 1976.
Interestingly, the coloured and b&w photos often appear to be the same pose taken by two different photographers.
Thanks for the pics Dug5y. In the last b/w the boys and girls would appear to be looking at two different cameras, well all apart from one of the lads whose attention, not surprisingly, seems to be elsewhere!
Intriguing picture Ryan of that dark haired lady of the sirens, Ms. Patti Hammond. I notice that the flower in her hair looks similar if not the same to the pattern on her dress in the above Ruby Flipper photos. (The same flower adorning her hair there also?) I wonder if this could be a Lily? Was it a favourite of Patti's?
Lovely Picture of Patti........she reminds me of that stunning actress who did all "The Road" musical /comedy films with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope back in the 50s......I think her name was Myrna Loy ? A real stunner of those Hollywood days when it was all natural.....not a boob job, facelift or any botox in sight ! Susie