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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



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!




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)



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



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)



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)



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)



"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



Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!


  1. Tom,

    Fabulous new Bandstands In Foreign Lands edition! I only knew three of your featured songs which I enjoyed listening to for the first time in many ears. The first one I didn't know is "Feels Like I'm in Love" - Kelly Marie. I really didn't care too much for Kelly's voice. It would've been interesting to hear how Elvis would've done this song. The second song "A Night To Remember" (1982 Remix) by Shalamar. I like the dance beat and I can't figure out why this one doesn't sound familiar. The only thing I can figure is while I was in college I did not listen to the radio much and unless it was something that grabbed DH attention then I didn't know it existed. He was the one who bought most of our mewsic from those early years. Finally the last song is "One Way Ticket" - Eruption which I kinda like but after listening to Neil Sedaka's original cut I prefer his version better. I certainly appreciated the mewsical education with these introductions. Have a purrrfect weekend, my friend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you for being the early bird this week as I present vol. 5 of my series Bandstands In Foreign Lands. I am very pleased you could make it over even though DH has the day off and you will be running around with him today.

      That Kelly Marie dance number was a biggie in Central PA. It played often at the discos I frequented during my second bachelorhood. Shalamar's "A Night To Remember" is one of the group's best recordings. It went top 5 in the UK but, for some reason, didn't do as well on the American charts. It reached #8 on the U.S. Soul chart but halted at #44 on the Billboard pop chart. That might explain why you don't remember it. Truth be told, neither do I but, since discovering it a few years ago, the song has become one of my favorites. Did you see the moonwalking demonstration in that video?

      Another lost treasure is Neil Sedaka's "One Way Ticket," originally released on the B side of his "Oh! Carol" single. I didn't own that single, nor did I own or ever listen to the Sedaka hits compilation album, and therefore the song was completely new to me when I came upon it a few years ago. Shortly thereafter I found this cover by Precious Wilson and her band Eruption. Their version topped the Swiss and Austrian charts and went top 10 in the UK, but failed to chart in the U.S., explaining why neither you nor I heard the song during the disco era.

      I'm so pleased that you enjoy getting a mewsical education at SDMM, dear friend Cathy. Thank you again for coming by and have a great weekend!

  2. Well Golly...I don't know where to start, Seafarin' Shady! I haven't heard "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" in years. It is a good dance song, but I think the "Ruby Flipper" (what a name!) dancers are a bit corny, lol! Fun video that only YOU could come up with, haha!

    When I saw the name Madeline, even before her last name, I knew what was coming! "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" was a big hit. And, I believe with the hippie movement and 'free love' attitudes, this song was a last ditch effort to revive the real romance in our 60's folks. I have always been pretty fond of this song...glad to hear it again.

    And, "Don't You Want Me Baby" is a pretty cool song. As it tells a good story, it doesn't hurt any that the instrumentals are so great. I like everything about this one and the video. mention that this song was going to be offered to Elvis! what a shame! "Feels Like I'm In Love" has Elvis' name written all over it. Kelly does a great job, but could lose the dancers, lol. I think she could handle the number well enough on her own.

    I just don't remember "One Way Ticket" by Neil Sedaka, but to hear it from Eruption, was a treat. It started out giving me a ho hum taste, but then erupted into 'What a Song'! The group has a different sound or style that was unique...just can't put my finger on it. I just ended up loving it!

    Well, I'm glad I made it by for this edition of faraway Bandstands. It's good to know that other teens were experiencing some of the best music, and sharing with the world!

    Thank you so much for the walk down "music row", Shady. Hope you have a great weekend. We're now getting up into the high 90's, woe is me! Take care, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for coming to visit as I present volume 5 of BIFL ("Biffle"). :) I'm so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the sounds, dear friend!

      I agree that some if not most of the dance routines on Top Of The Pops were corny, and if you listen to the "presenters" - the hosts of the series over the years - they were pretty goofy, too. Most of the time they stumbled through the song introductions and made stupid remarks - not exactly Dick Clark caliber. Even so, there are some nicely preserved clips from the show and I intend to post them for your entertainment (and amusement) as this series unfolds in the months and years to come. (I have 50 volumes scheduled! :)

      I'm so glad that you know and appreciate Madeline Bell and her great cover of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." I'm sure you also recall the cover recorded by Diana Ross & the Supremes with The Temptations. The original version was waxed by Dee Dee Warwick, an artist I have always admired, the unsung sister of Dionne Warwick. I was stunned this week to read that Dee Dee is being accused of having sexually molested her cousin Whitney Houston when Whitney was a young girl.

      Truthfully, I can't imagine anybody except Kelly Marie singing "Feels Like I'm In Love." That's how big her recording was in my neck of the woods during my clubbing years of the early 80s. Based on the reader feedback I keep getting, many of the male dancers that accompanied female artists during this period were "groanworthy." :)

      Eruption is a band with members from a number of different foreign lands. That's why they have an unusual style and exotic look and sound. I'm delighted to know you gave "One Way Ticket" aka "The Choo Choo Train Song" a chance to grab you. When you get a chance, check out Neil Sedaka's nifty original.

      It's time once again for thoughts, prayers and teddy bears in the wake of another school massacre. I've been watching the news coverage since this morning and my heart goes out to your Texas neighbors down Santa Fe way.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Suzanne, and have a safe and happy weekend!

    2. You're right, Shady. Most of the presenters were corny, but our Dave Clark and Don Cornelius were class acts, and believable at that!

      I did go back to Youtube and listen to Neil Sedaka's "One Way Ticket", and I liked it very much. You can tell the difference right off between his take and Eruptions. I like them both, but I think Eruptions offered a bit more drama to the song.

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers regarding the school shootings in Santa Fe, Texas. What a tragedy, again. I think the news said there have been 20-22 school shootings just this year! How scary for our students! I just don't understand the psyche of someone, and a student at that who thinks they have to kill fellow students, and, then he didn't have the nerve to kill himself! Isn't there another way to handle the problems these shooters must have? Why can't we find the answers?

      Well, it's time for me to just have another coffee, and fix Scootie a snack. May the remainder of your weekend be fabulous, Shady!

    3. Hi again, Suzanne!

      It's wonderful to see you again today, dear friend!

      I'm glad you checked out Neil Sedaka's original. I really like it, too, but I also like the treatment given the song by Eruption, a band that also did a terrific update of Memphis Hi label R&B singer Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain." (Ann just turned age 71.)

      Every time there is another school shooting it makes me thankful that I never had this worry on me when I was a student in school, and neither did you. The thought of gun violence at school simply never entered our minds and we were able to focus on the curriculum. I don't know how today's kids keep it together knowing they could become the next target any day of the week. It's a very sad state of affairs. How could a 17 year walk old boy walk into a school on a 90 degree day wearing a trench coat and a T-shirt that bears the message "BORN TO KILL" and not attract attention and alert school officials that something was terribly wrong with this picture? It is beyond me.

      Thank you again for coming over to chat, dear friend Suzanne. I hope you and Scootie are in the middle of an enjoyable weekend. By the way, please come back here one week from today if at all possible. I will be publishing a rare Saturday post to mark a very important occasion and your attendance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless!

  3. The only artists you featured this time that I know are the final three, though the only song I recognized was the one by The Human League.

    I looked at Shalamar's discography on wiki, but couldn't figure out which of their singles I best remember. As for Eruption... I still have my vinyl copy of their LP featuring the song "I Can't Stand the Rain". That brings back some memories. :)

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks a lot for coming over on day one of my latest Biffle run, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      Wow, Kelly, I am surprised that you already know the Euro band Eruption and own their cover of "I Can't Stand The Rain." A while back I posted the Ann Peebles original and I will also be including the Eruption version in a future post. I think Shalamar has many more U.S. fans today than they did in the 80s thanks to Jody Watley's success as a solo artist. I have more Shalamar singles in the pipeline.

      Tavares was one of the more popular acts of the disco era. My favorite song by that group is "It Only Takes A Minute," a single that has the distinction of being the very first record I played on the new stereo system I bought in 1975.

      Thanks again for taking the world musical tour with me, dear friend Kelly, and have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I remember " Don't You Want Me" but I love the outfits on "One Way Ticket" OH My Goodness just the best.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you for dropping by to sample some of the super sounds that emanated from (drum roll) Bandstands in Foreign Lands!

      Yessum, that hit by the English synth-pop trio Human League is one that most of us remember. I appreciate the crystal clear video and HQ sound on their Countdown performance. Eruption has a refreshingly different style and sound and, once again, a high quality vid of their performance on the German show DISCO was available, so I included it in this edition.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed a couple of the songs, dear friend Gayle. Thanks again for coming and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Trip back in time. The popular music style is very different now in those countries. The Netherlands loves its metal and prog now.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for dropping in, good buddy! I'm pleased to have you here for volume 5 of BIFL!

      Good point, Alex! In the 70s and 80s, synth pop and disco were the hot musical styles, but times have changed. The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Scandinavia have become meccas for heavy metal and prog rock.

      Thanks again for coming over, good buddy Alex, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  6. Let's talk about Tavares. At the beginning both The Mag Men & Tavares were
    signed to Capitol at around the same time. Tavares was know as CHUBBY & THE TURNPIKES at this time. We were both assigned the same producer, Marvin Holtzman. Also the great Arranger Sonny Sanders. Sonny was in town(New York)to
    do charts for The Men, so Marv used Sonny to arrange Chubby & The Turnpikes
    also. It's amazing that Tarvares stayed with Capitol almost their whole career.
    Chubby and the boys used to play 2 times a year at the old 615 Lounge. Check out Chubby's (Tavares) early Capitol Recordings. Later Shady, Dave

    1. Hi, Davy!

      It's a pleasure to see you again, good buddy! Thanks so much for joining the discussion as I present volume 5 of my series Bandstands In Foreign Lands.

      Great story, Dave, and much appreciated, because I didn't know Tavares started out as Chubby and the Turnpikes (aka The Turnpikes). I went to YouTube and listened to all four sides of the two singles the group waxed in the 60s - "Inside Story" b/w "Didn't Try" released in February 1967, and "Cast A Spell" b/w "Nothing But Promises" released in July 1968. Cool, smooth soul sounds, Dave!

      I remember the 615 Musical Lounge at 615 E. Market Street. I went in a few times but didn't get served. I read that it later became known as Swizzles and as Club NV-Adult Entertainment Bar and Grill.

      Boy oh boy, Dave, thanks again for your visit and interesting information. I always appreciate learning more about the Mag Men and the artists you guys rubbed elbows with back in the day. Take care, enjoy your weekend and come back here soon, my friend!

  7. Hi Shady,

    That’s quite a variety pack of oldies from around the world. I used to dance to quite a few of those hits!

    I never heard of Madeline Bell but that was my favorite on this post. I’m much more familiar with the Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations version.

    It’s funny how campy the videos look now.
    I enjoyed reliving some of these hit dance ( foreign ) tunes today! Thanks for bringing them back to life!

    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you for making time to take a world music tour with me today via my BIFL series.

      Yessum, I try to mix it up and offer variety in these posts. The truth of the matter is that the majority of the clips salvaged from these European music television shows is of the disco and synth-pop variety. There isn't as much rock available, and well preserved oldies from the 60s like the promo film made by Madeline Bell are even more rare. I'm delighted to know you singled out "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" as your favorite of this post. If you read my reply to Suzanne, you know that the original recording of the song was made by Dee Dee Warwick, an artist who now stands accused (posthumously) of having molested Whitney Houston when Whitney was between ages 7 and 9 and Dee Dee was in her 20s, a truly shocking revelation.

      These videos of Shalamar, Human League and Eruption remind us about the music, clothing and hair styles of the period. The 70s were wild and the 80s were, in my opinion, the last great decade.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  8. Hi Shady,

    Thank you for placing my two favourite songs side by side: "Feels Like I'm In Love" and "Don't You Want Me." I think I will have to play these songs as I walk to the library today! :)

    I'm familiar with some of the other songs on your post, but Salazar is a new one for me, as is Eruption. I might have to check more out by these groups.

    I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend!

  9. Replies
    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      How are you today, dear friend? I'm pleased to see you!

      Hooray! I finally found someone who likes "Feels Like I'm In Love" as much as I do. I challenge anyone to stay down in the dumps while that dance record is playing. Kelly Marie's club classic was a big part of my second bachelorhood. I'm also happy to know you like the new wave synth pop sound of "Don't You Want Me" by the UK trio Human League. I hope you do play these songs throughout the day and that they put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend JM, and have a great week!

    2. Yessum, it's Shalamar, the dance music trio with members that came from the Soul Train gang, an act that spawned solo diva Jody Watley. :)

      Thanks again, dear friend JM!

  10. Good hearing the Human League again. I wasn't all that much into new wave at the time, or at least I didn't think I was, so it's surprising how much of that music has really stuck with me.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for joining me on a trip around the globe in my latest volume of BIFL, good buddy!

      I think of the 80s the last great decade. I was really into the music of the period including new wave. The TV station where I worked played the music videos for The Human League's U.S. hits "Don't You Want Me, "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" and "Human," and our video crew interviewed The Thompson Twins pre-concert at a local venue. Great music, great times and great memories!

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Kirk. Have a super week ahead!

  11. Happy Sunday Shady! I can't believe this weekend is coming to a close and I'm glad I caught your music fest tonight..late as always..darn it! I actually remember a few of these tunes and enjoyed hearing them again. However, as always, I love the outfits featured! Eruption has the winning vote on clothes and the music was good too. I guess I'm more into fashion than dance tunes! Anyway, hope all is well with you down south! Stay cool..wait, you're always cool!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for spending some time in the Shady with me, dear friend. I'm very happy to see you!

      Yessum, I know that you pay particular attention to the clothing and hair styles as well as the music presented. My two series Shady Train and Bandstands in Foreign Lands give you glimpses of 70s and 80s fashions. A good example is Precious Wilson and her multinational band Eruption.

      I'm delighted to know you had a good time on my world music tour, dear friend YaYa. Thank you again for being here. Please take care of yourself and have a wonderful week ahead!

  12. Here i am:) I marked down all the names so I don’t have to keep going up to see whom I am talking about...hahahaaa. Now that first one I had a devilishly good time watching the video with the gals pipe cleaner halos bouncing along. The song was fun and quite entertaining. The poor host with the Barry Gibb hair was probably telling the truth bout his car accident. I know the song sung by Madeline Bell and she has a great voice. Her voice is strong and seductive. Kelly Marie with the tall dudes in the background with the horrible outfits they had on reminded me of many singers from American Idol. It also reminded me of roller skating. I love Human League with the unique sound they gave which just speaks 80’s to me. I danced to this many times and I had to laugh when he made a boo boo and stopped lip syncing and looked at the band behind him. Shalamar was my least favourite as I found it long and repetitive but the dancing of the very lean man was excellent. Eruption is quite good and her voice is strong but controlled. Quite the non dress she is wearing. We have a long weekend here so wishing you a great day and week

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down to take the Biffle tour with me, dear friend. I am pleased to see you, and what a fine comment this is!

      It was very nice of you to pay attention to all of the songs in the post and to offer your impression of each one. I appreciate that, dearie!

      Yessum, the little angels of the Ruby Flipper dance company were having a devil of a good time in that first video. The "presenter" might have crashed his car into a tree or he might have plowed into it on skis. I guess we'll never know for sure.

      I'm tickled to know you like sultry soul siren Maddy Bell's rendition of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." So do I! Scottish lass Kelly Marie is now age 60. "Feels Like," her signature song, was a #1 smash hit in the UK and very big in the dance clubs of Central PA as well.

      On YouTube you can find an interesting interview or two with the members of Human League. The girls in particular were pulled from their high school classrooms and trotted out on stage as the backing singers of the act with no prior experience. In fairness to Shalamar, the video I used was an extended remix which made it a lot longer than the original performance. Sometimes I need to do that in order to post the video with best overall sound and picture quality.

      Thank you again for being such a great friend and showing up for me, dear friend BB. I wish you a great week, too. Take care!


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