A MISSING performance from Top Of The Pops has been returned to the BBC after being spotted on the internet.
Guys n’ Dolls performance of ‘If Only For The Good Times’ hails from a wiped 1976 edition of the BBC chart show.
Guys n' Dolls
The three-minute clip, from the 12.08.76 edition, came to light after being posted on video sharing site YouTube by band member Paul Griggs.
Missing episodes enthusiast Ray Langstone contacted Griggs after seeing the video, uploaded from a domestic recording made at the time.
Ray said: “I saw the clip on YouTube, and realized it was from a wiped episode, and after a lot of research, managed to find the Poster’s email address.
“We regularly exchanged emails, and he sent me a copy. It had been taped onto a VHS, and just contains the three or so minutes of the performance you see on YouTube.”
||Funky Like A Train
||A Little Bit More (promo)
|STARLAND VOCAL BAND
||Afternoon Delight (Ruby Flipper)
||Mystery Song (promo)
|GUYS ‘N’ DOLLS
||If Only For The Good Times
||You Don’t Have To Go (promo)
|JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS
||Now Is The Time
||Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (promo)
|THE BEE GEES
||You Should Be Dancing (Ruby Flipper)
|JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY
||Morning Glory (promo)
||I Can’t Ask For Anything More Than You
|ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE
||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (promo)
Guys ‘n Dolls formed in 1974. The pop group went straight in at number two in the UK charts with first single ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ and followed with a string of other hits in the UK and Netherlands. The group disbanded in 1985.
‘If Only For The Good Times’ is unusual for a Top Of The Pops performance in that it didn’t chart in the Top 40. The recovered clip (viewable below) includes a brief introduction by that week’s host Tony Blackburn and the whole of the song.
The performance features David Van Day and Thereza Bazar, who left Guys n’ Dolls in 1977 and went on to form Dollar.
Ray received a DVD copy of the VHS clip in mid April. He has now returned the orphaned clip to BBC Archive’s Andrew Martin, in Brentford.
Ray said: “I spend several hours a week looking for missing episodes, although my methods are that of an enthusiastic amateur. Hopefully my contacts and skills will improve as time goes on.
“I mainly look for missing rock and pop TV, but anything I can find that’s been wiped or is missing is excellent.”
Singer Paul Griggs has recently released a book looking back at his days in the music industry, entitled Diary of a Musician.