Ruth on 'Top of the Pops'
A tribute to the much-loved Ruth's appearances on the show, beginning with one of her last routines, Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?) by Diana Ross:
A sad close-up but a good one:
Broadcast 15th April 1976, when Brotherhood of Man were #1 with Save Your Kisses for Me.
Not her usual cheerful self, unfortunately, but this is one of the clearest Pan's People videos online. I think I will buy the 41 Performances DVD on eBay later, in the hope that they're all better quality versions than those uploaded to YouTube.
What are your favourite memories of Ruth on Top of the Pops? Sadly, a lot of the surviving images are unclear so I'm probably more haunted than 'nostalgic' (only been a fan since July). From my point of view, the Green River rehearsal is dominated by Andrea but Ruth is singled out for a couple of seconds and I love seeing the effort she puts into this particular move.
I don't think that would make a good capture but I have attempted, without success, another favourite moment - when she hugs the snowman in the Christmas Barbados. That and a close-up in Stoney End are frustratingly blurred.
Earlier on, I watched Until You Come Back to Me for the first time. Emotional viewing (it usually is when Louise is involved). Like You're So Vain, it's only available as a black-and-white telerecording so I'm having problems finding clips of acceptable quality to capture.
Nevertheless, I will try my best with the breathtaking Make It with You routine for my next post.