With Christmas now truly with us, it's a sure bet that Steelye Span's Gaudette is being played in stores and certain radio stations. This brings to mind, late 1973, when I started watching TOTP on a regular basis and the performance they did in the studio with a slim memory of Pan's People being involved with them. And, indeed, just the other day looking the group and song up on Wikipedia, there is a mention of the 'resident dancers' walking in front of the band members through the studio. It describes them dressed in mediievall wear. I think they may have each been holding a candle too. Shame it can't be verified. Although there are a couple of performances from the 13th December show that have survived, this isn't one of them.
Steeleye Span were one of my earliest influences getting me interested in folk song and music. In late 1972 or early 1973, when I was 12, my elder sister brought home an album by the band called 'Below The Salt'- the same one mentioned in Vin's linked post. I enjoyed it very much and it opened a whole new door for me, in my musical tastes, which I soon began to explore. So I did know about the band by December 1973.
I do have a memory of Steeleye Span performing 'Gaudete' on TOTPs as mentioned. Particularly the part with the group walking through the crowd/audience, and singing and holding candles- as I remember it, especially Maddy Prior as she sang the verses. It did hold the attention greatly, and even in black and white, a standout moment from the show. However, I do not recall anywhere near as well the Pan's People involvement with this number, sadly. There were others apart from band members in the procession, so Pan's must be among them, but I do not recall them very vividly at all.
Certainly I would love to see this again if possible, and greatly hope it has been preserved somehow, somewhere by someone with more sense than the BBC- eternal damnation on them for the destruction of so much cultural past!
This single was discussed at length on a Top 40 FB page last week. The b-side was discussed too but with innuendo added - with a title "one misty moisty morning" is going to get raised eyebrows. They did not say that they saw Pans People. I cannot remember this track at all.
Everywhere, wherever you look, manipulation rearing it's head.
When I bought 'Gaudete' many, many many years ago, the b side was a version of 'The Holly and The Ivy'. I am sure it was a 1972 release. Perhaps there was a later 1973 release which became the hit single, with 'One Misty Moisty Morning' as the second side.
Gaudete was on the 1972 'Below The Salt' album and 'OMMM' was from their 1973 album 'Parcel Of Rogues'.
'One Misty Moisty Morning when cloudy was the weather
I met with an old man, a-clothed all in leather
A-clothed all in leather, with a cap beneath his chin
Singing how-dye-do, and how-dye-do, and how-dye-do again'.
One Misty Moisty Morning seems very much like a 18th Century broadside, with the pastoral, rustic flavour very popular at the time. There is some innuendo... 'stroking her double chin'- anyone!... but other songs covered by Steeleye Span about the time, like 'The Ups and Downs' and 'Drink Down The Moon' are worse.
Thanks, Vin, for the details about the Gaudete single. As I would have bought the U.K version. I was unaware that other countries would have a different version.
Dancer, no problem about the words. That is the first verse and there are about another six verses to the song, hence the ‘etc.’
Guadete is still a track and song I enjoy listening to at Christmas, or indeed any time of year, unlike so many others.