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Friday, May 18, 2018

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 5: Try Ruby Flipper On For Size!


Welcome to volume 5 of  

my globetrotting series


BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!



I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great music performances that originated from TV studios, big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.



Join me now for another exciting

trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in Foreign Lands!


 TAVARES 

 (RUBY FLIPPER) 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON, ENGLAND

Our musical journey begins in England with
a dance number by Ruby Flipper, one of the
female Terpsichore troupes that entertained
on the TV music series Top Of The Pops.
The damsels will do their interpretation
of "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel,"
an international disco hit in 1976 for the
American band Tavares. "Heaven" topped
the U.S. Dance Club chart and finished in
the top 5 in the UK. Ready to rumba?
Try Ruby Flipper on for size!

"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"
Tavares (June/July 1976, highest
chart pos. #1 U.S. Dance, #3 R&B,
#4 UK, from May 1976 album Sky High!,
dance performed by Ruby Flipper
on Top Of The Pops)





 MADELINE BELL 

BEAT-CLUB
BREMEN, WEST GERMANY

New Jersey lark Madeline Bell relocated to
England in the early 60s. There she remained
a little known session singer until 1968 when
her single of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
became a top 30 hit back home in the U.S.
Maddy's promo video was broadcast on the
West German TV music show Beat-Club.

 "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" 
 Madeline Bell (March 1968, 
 highest chart pos. #26 Hot 100, 
 Promo video broadcast on
 German TV series Beat-Club





 KELLY MARIE 

TOPPOP
THE NETHERLANDS

Now let's head over to Holland and the long running
Dutch TV series TopPop where an exciting young
Scottish singer by the name of Kelly Marie is set
to sing her signature song "Feels Like I'm in Love,"
a Hi-NRG disco single that topped the UK chart for
two weeks in 1980 and made the top 10 on the U.S.
Dance Club survey. The song was written by Ray
Dorset, frontman of Mungo Jerry, the Brit band
that scored a chart topping international hit in
1970 with "In the Summertime." "Feels Like
I'm in Love" was originally intended for
Elvis Presley but the King died before it
could be pitched to him. Here now is
Kelly Marie performing her biggie
on the Dutch TV show TopPop.

"Feels Like I'm in Love" - Kelly Marie
(Aug./Sept. 1980, highest chart pos.
#1 UK/#10 U.S. Hot Dance Club,
perf. on Dutch TV series TopPop)





 HUMAN LEAGUE 

COUNTDOWN
THE NETHERLANDS

At Christmas 1981 the English new wave/synth-pop
band The Human League topped the UK chart with
"Don't You Want Me," a single from their third album
Dare. Around Independence Day the following year
the single reached #1 on the U.S. chart and held the
position three weeks. Here now is a restored clip of
The Human League performing their international
smash on Countdown, another Netherlands based
TV series that eclipsed rival TopPop and became
the top music show in all of Europe.

"Don't You Want Me" - The Human League
(Christmas 1981 UK/June/July 1982 U.S.,
highest chart pos. #1, from Oct. 1981
album Dare, live perf. on Dutch
TV series Countdown)





 SHALAMAR 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON, ENGLAND

Back to Britain we go for an electrifying performance
by Shalamar, one of the most influential dance music
groups of the 80s, on Top Of The Pops. Assembled by
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and the TV series'
booking agent Dick Griffey, Shalamar scored a string
of hits in the U.S. and the UK and were trendsetters
of fashion and dance moves including the moonwalk,
the body-popping technique popularized by Michael
Jackson. The classic lineup of Shalamar consisted of
Howard Hewett and former Soul Train dancers Jody
Watley and Jeffrey Daniel. The latter, as you might
recall from vol. 2 of BIFL, hosted 6.20 Soul Train,
a mid 80s British version of Soul Train also created
by Don Cornelius. In 1982 the Shalamar single
"A Night To Remember" became one of the
group's biggest hits in the UK reaching
the top 5 on the chart.

"A Night To Remember (1982 Remix)
Shalamar (May 1982, highest chart pos.
 #8 R&B/#5 UK, from Jan. 1982 album
Friends, live perf. on Top Of The Pops)





 ERUPTION 

DISCO/ZDF-KULTNACHT
MAINZ, GERMANY

"One Way Ticket" was originally recorded by
Neil Sedaka and released as the B side of his
1959 hit single "Oh! Carol." The train track
was also included on the 1961 album Neil
Sedaka Sings Little Devil and His Other Hits.
Sedaka's fab flip side reached #1 on the chart
in Japan where it was known as "The Choo Choo
Train Song." FF to 1979 when "One Way Ticket"
was covered and turned into a major European
hit by Eruption, a disco band with African and
Caribbean members including the vivacious
Jamaican lead singer Precious Wilson. Here
is Eruption performing "One Way Ticket"
on the German music program DISCO.

"One Way Ticket" - Eruption
(Mar./April/May 1979, highest chart pos.
#9 UK/#1 Austria/#1 Switzerland, from
1979 album Leave a Light, live perf.
on DISCO/ZDF-Kultnacht)





I hope you enjoyed vol. 5 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!