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.
trip back in time as we visit
Bandstands in Foreign Lands!
COLOGNE, WEST GERMANY
TV series WWF Club)
one of the all-girl dance companies on the
music television series Top Of The Pops.
A Pan-demic is all but guaranteed as the
ladies perform their interpretation of the
(Sept. '69, highest chart pos. #2, from Aug. '69
album Green River, dance performed by
Pan's People on Top Of The Pops)
BREMEN, WEST GERMANY
even won a contest for sounding most like the
famous Motown ladies. The Flirtations started
in the early 60s as a quartet called The Gypsies.
The lineup changed along with the group name
and The Flirtations emerged as a soulful girl trio.
Records by The Gypsies and The Flirtations failed
to catch on in the U.S. and so the girls decided
to move to England where other American soul
artists were enjoying warmer welcomes and
greater success. The Flirtations signed with
Parrot Records and joined Tom Jones on his
European tour. Still in search of a hit record,
The Flirtations jumped to Deram Records.
Their first single for that label gave them
the break that had eluded them for so long.
on both sides of the pond and is today
considered a pop and Northern Soul
classic. Here they are, Ernestine Pearce
on lead, along with her sister Shirley
and Viola Billups - The Flirtations -
performing their signature song
on the West German TV
MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY
brushed the top 10 in the U.S. and made it all the
way to #1 on the UK chart. The song was recently
voted by Brits as one of their favorite chart topping
hits of the 80s. Here's Dead Or Alive performing
their smash on Peter Illmann's German
music television series P.I.T.
falls near the middle Rolling Stone Magazine's
list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Here is a brilliantly restored video of
Blondie performing their chartbuster