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PattiForPM
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  Sold My Rock N Roll was quite possibly a Northern Soul record and was written by Detlef Petersen (quite possibly German) and James Hopkins (probably non-German).  Linda and the Funky Boys were not a fruitful source of research but consisted of Linda Fields (possibly American), Ian Cussick (definitely from Dundee) and Frank Mille (once again possibly but not certainly German).  The Group had a few small hits in European countries in the mid-70s.  Funny how Ruby Flipper danced to a number of these mystery group records like those French Tubular Bells guys.  Possibly they were trying to frustrate future Ruby Flipper Comments Thread hosts.
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                SOLD MY ROCK N ROLL      -     Linda & the Funky Boys                     June 17th 1976
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                                 DANCERS:   Cherry, Floid, Gavin,  Patti, Phil, Sue
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                             LINK:      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x26alku_ruby-flipper-sold-my-rock-n-roll-gave-it-for-funky-soul-totp-tx-17-06-1976_creation_______________________________________________________________________________________________

  Well I'm not going to lie; I don't really like this one that much.  The lighting is a bit awful, the costumes came out of the same trunk as the Flasher (but were higher up in the pile possibly) and this song does nothing for me.  On the up side, Cherry as Minnehaha is tough to resist and the Dancers do their level best to elevate this Dance as high as possible.  I do rather like the circling then solo then duet approach but the camera work is not perfect either and it was really tough to get good screencaps here.  I feel really sorry for Floid here; his costume is just plain ugly and I'm surprised he wasn't turned away at the Studio Doors like Ruth was once but at least Gavin looks almost equally ridiculous.  DotD goes to the lovely Cherry but she gets insufficient camera time for my liking and in fact it seems to me that very few of the solos are well framed.  I can only give 4.5/10 and I apologise for not finding more to like here and I  know I can rely on you lot to find many more positive things which I have clearly missed.......
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
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RYAN
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Yeah this one is nothing special i agree and its hard to find any stand out moments. I reckon this was just another of the performances that the typical Mr Cross from the home counties wrote into the BBC about during the early summer of 1976.

Dear Sirs, why is my televisual treat on a Thursday night constantly ruined by the sight of men dancing and gyrating with attractive young ladies. Even worse you dress them up in frilly pink shirts. This really wont do and im going to ask my MP to raise this issue in the house if nothing is done about it. (by the way, Bill Cotton is a personal friend of my neighbours brother in law and they play golf together). I hope this issue gets sorted out soon, and we get back to normality.

               Yours Faithfully Mr G Cross (Gerrards Cross, Bucks.)


DOTD is difficult, im drawn to Cherry, but im unable to vote for her, so i will select `Patti`, who i think i may of neglected on the Ruby comments lately.

Routine rating, `7 out of 10`                                
RYAN
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Colm
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Even if there's no apparent consistency to the costumes (yes, Phil and Cherry's match, but the others, especially Floid?) and the lighting could be better, I enjoy the group circle/three couples concept of "Sold My Rock and Roll".

Sadly, stunning Patti's coupling verse is let down by a lack of chemistry from the awkward Gavin. I also get an impression Cherry isn't putting a lot of effort in at times (sorry Cherry fans), yet is dynamic in her verse with Phil - whose performance here is the best of the three guys.

DotD: For making the most of the song and throwing in plenty of delightful spins, Sue

Score: 7
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Suefan
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The lighting effect is what lets this one down the most, that and the lads attire, but the routine itself has some nice moments.

So a 6.5 with Sue as Dotd.
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PattiForPM
Thanks for your comments friends.  As I suspected there are some flaws to be seen in this Dance but there is always some value to be found too.  I'm going to broach a tricky subject for the second time now.  I sense from Ryan and possibly Colm (although Colm's comment is related to the dance itself so I'm not sure) a reluctance to vote for Cherry in RF now.  I understand this to some degree after her contribution to the Pans People tome but I confess I will be a little disappointed if this means this lovely Dancer gets very few votes for her work as there are some fine Cherry moments to come and I'd rather see each performance marked on its merits.  I realise this is shaky ground as you all have a perfect right to comment as you see fit and mark that way too and the last thing I want to do is discourage open comments but I thought it only right to express my opinion about this and would welcome any replies and comments about this issue.  I have been thinking for some time now too about opening a Thread about Cherry's comments and I might well do this soon.
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RYAN
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I think i will wait till any thread you create then on this matter before i make any further comment on CG in RF.
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Colm
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I certainly don't have an aversion to honouring Cherry as Dancer of the Day when I rate Ruby Flipper routines - I have done three times previously ("A Fifth of Beethoven", "Soul City Walk" and "The Best Disco in Town") and I imagine (or at least hope) to do so again in future. Don't forget there's two breath-taking solo routines from Cherry where we unfortunately can't award her as Dancer of the Day.

For me, I'll admit I've often found myself more drawn by the other troupe members in the routines we've so far evaluated. It's not intended to be a deliberate slight against Cherry or the other participants in the dance.

There's so many occasions where Cherry more than steps up to the plate, such as "Love Hangover", "Silly Love Songs", "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and "Young Hearts Run Free" to name but four; yet, ultimately, I've chosen another dancer as I felt they overall brought more to the routine or their performance made a stronger impression on me.

For example, in "Love Hangover", it's set up with Patti as the focal point, and she absolutely meets and exceed that role. In "Silly Love Songs", I chose Lulu as she shows an encouraging blossoming confidence in her still-new experience as a TV dancer. My choice of Patti for "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" was, yes, partly based on keeping her halo stable, but to be honest, all four female dancers are equally enchanting. Finally, with "Young Hearts Run Free", it's mere misfortune that Cherry's delightful role as one of the Young Hearts is upstaged by Floid's fun and lively performance. If we could give runner-up positions for each of these, I'd happily, and most likely, pick Cherry.

My comment that Cherry seemed to be putting in less of an effort in "Sold My Rock and Roll" was merely my observation on what I saw when watching the routine earlier today, which I offered to see if anyone else thought the same. To me, she somehow - and I must add, disappointingly, seems less involved, or, if you like, into the spirit of the routine than Sue and Patti, or Phil and Floid, appear to be. (If you're reading, Gavin, sorry...)

Calling back to the time one of my opinions on another dancer caused a stir, it's not meant to be a criticism or indictment of an individual dancer, it's just an expression of personal opinion, which shouldn't be read, or construed, as gospel.

These threads always lead to varied discussion on how each of us sees the routine; it may not always be what other people might want to hear all the time, but sometimes things will be said that could be read as "less than complementary". That's most certainly not my intention, and I would sincerely hope if Cherry was reading this, she wouldn't be offended by an observation on a three-minute performance from 38 years ago. Sorry if I'm reiterating an old argument, but it's valid here.

Furthermore, I certainly didn't get the impression when reading the Pan's People that Cherry was absolutely resentful of her time in Ruby Flipper, and it hasn't changed my opinion on her dancing capabilities in any way. Nor has any discussion of this line of thought influenced how I would consider Cherry's participation in any of the so-far unrated Ruby routines on the forum.

Sorry if my comments created any impression that I've got any beef with Miss Gillespie; please let me assure you that's not the case. I have such a strong affection for all the dance troupes and their members and I'd never deliberately do or say anything that would be disparaging or offensive.

I reckon you just need to pick a routine next time that will get everyone voting for Miss Gillespie, Patti4PM! May I suggest the dance that will get us all asking, What's the story...? 
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PattiForPM
LOL Colm, that's told me!  Seriously though thanks for your response; I had no doubts about your impartiality in the past at all.  Maybe we'll explore this present issue further in the new Thread I've just finished putting up.  In the meantime your suggestion for a remedy to this in the next few weeks is quite compelling...
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Andeebee
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I don't like this routine as a visual treat, and to be honest I haven't viewed it much since I put it up on YT.

The clip is too dark, the song abysmal, and I will rate this

Scores on ADB's doors: 6/10

DOTD: Sue
Hopelessly Devoted to Sue

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Paperboyplod
There's many similarities here to the debut Ruby Flipper dance routine, the way (nearly) everybody seems to dress how they please, & generally do their own thing n stage, & with Floid, vying to be the center of attention.
Lulu's missing from this performance, but maybe that's just as well, because, she'd be quite literally cast in a bad light, for it's rather dimly lit on that stage, the dancers that are present, can't really be seen that clearly, & it's difficult to see exactly what colours they're all wearing in the twilight.
The circular movements generally work well, & I like that they're spreading out across the whole stage.

7/10

DotD:-

Patti
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VintageVideos
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First a bit of added info about Linda & her FB. Detlef Petersen & Frank Mille are indeed both Germans. Frank Mille had even been on TOTP before, performing in 1970 with The Rattles ("The Witch"). Both Detlef Petersen & Ian Cussick were founding members of the group "Lake" in 1973, though Ian left in 1974 and was replaced with James Hopkins-Harrison! So Linda & The Funky Boys could be considered an offshoot from the group "Lake" with one ex-Rattle and a new lead singer. Their biggest hit in Germany (out of two!) was a version of "Shame, Shame, Shame" (made famous by Shirley & Co.) which peaked at No. 15 in the Deutsche Hitparade. Having said this, there is of course no way you could call their music Northern Soul!

This routine isn't one I play often as I don't think it's anything special, and the record isn't very good either. I watched it a couple of times again today, and even if it's not quite as bad as I remembered it, it still doesn't knock my socks off. Sue's solo at the beginning is good but Floid does look rather ridiculous. Following that Phil & Cherry do quite nicely before the routine is spoilt again. Patti starts promising but the duet is completely ruined by Gavin "The Wooden Man", and I can only assume that Cherry watched routines like this before she made her recent remarks.

All in all not one that will slip into my playlist again, and my rating is a generous

6 / 10

As DotD I like the little Cherry-kee
Vin
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PattiForPM
Thanks for your input lads.  This is not anyone's favorite yet but there's still hope.  Thanks for the additional info Vin, I really found it tricky to pin down facts on this one so I appreciate your help and yes I thought the Northern Soul idea was a bit of a long shot although I read somewhere that it was played at the Wigan Casino so maybe a distant relation of NS.  Oh and I just heard from Cherry that she was watching TVC15 and Love Me Like Lover previously and now that she has watched Silly Love Songs and The Continental future Pans books are coming with an erratum.  OK enough silliness now, there must be serious comments on this performance still waiting to be expressed, surely
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VintageVideos
I never heard of this song being played at Wigan, but one of their follow-up singles called "Climbing The Steps Of Love" from 1976 seems to have been a NS favourite indeed.
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PaulF
Seems just a standard routine in a circle with not too much to get excited about. Don"t like the song but  Patti and Sue do their best to inject a pout and some enthusiasm and this raises my score to a 7/10. DOTD Sue.
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Old Bill
First thing you can't noticing is the canned-applause-button-pusher must have had a cup of tea in hand, and was only reminded by the clapping opening to the song.

The costumes are indeed odd - and make much less sense to me than those in Flasher. Not a hint of a party scene here, although the dance itself is not entirely dissimilar.
And the stripes on the set seem to play perspective tricks with my eyes, making the dancers at the back much more tiny or further away than they surely are. A bit like this.

The dance isn't too bad, much like the song it's enjoyable but nothing special. The crossing over bits looked quite good I thought.
But as has been says enthusiasm levels aren't flooding over, but any talk of Cherry-kee's efforts should be put into context with Gavin's.

Maybe the apparent lack of excitement comes from the Beeb having sold most of the lights.

6.5/10 and Sue just edges out Patti for DotD.



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PattiForPM
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Thanks PaulF and OB.  Interesting point about the Stripes which do seem rather distracting.  BTW Is that Quo album reflective of the contributions of the various Band members I wonder OB?  I'm still hoping for some more ratings to take us into double figures so please let me know your thoughts forum-friends
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bucksby
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yeah nothing special but nothing truly awful either. The song isn't a patch on Highwire, Sue stands out for me as DOTD, the routine gets a 6.
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PattiForPM
Thanks Bucksby; now this goes onto the scoreboard, albeit not too high up!  I must have a listen to Highwire as it rings no bells
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Old Bill
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Hmmm interesting point P4PM - on the other side of the cover though they all take different positions / sizes, so the mind the boggles!
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Lookmacinanger
I wouldn’t put this at the top of my Ruby Flipper compilation but on the plus there is nothing I particularly dislike about this routine other than the old chestnut of there being too many gentlemen present. Dotd Sue 6/10
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