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White Plains TV Appearances

Top Of The Pops


12 Feb 1970 (Hosts: Jimmy Savile & Tony Blackburn) - White Plains perform "My Baby Loves Lovin'"

12/2/1970, TOTP
L to R: Roger Greenaway, Pete Nelson, Robin Shaw and Tony Burrows

Promo photo, 12/2/1970
L to R: Roger Greenaway, Pete Nelson, Robin Shaw, and Tony Burrows

Due to singer Ricky Wolff being unavailable during this period, Producer Roger Greenaway takes over lead vocal duties.

26 Feb 1970 (Host: Jimmy Savile) - White Plains perform "My Baby Loves Lovin'"

26/2/1970, TOTP
L to R: Tony Burrows, Robin Shaw, Pete Nelson and Roger Greenaway

A myth, perpetuated by Tony Burrows himself, is that he performed with three different bands on one episode of TOTP. This was later found not to be true.
8 Jan 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Live)
29 Jan 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Disc only during charts), Brotherhood Of Man (Live), Edison Lighthouse (Live)
5 Feb 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Live)
12 Feb 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Repeat), White Plains (Live)
19 Feb 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Disc only during opening & end credits), Brotherhood Of Man (Repeat)
26 Feb 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Disc only during opening & end credits), White Plains (Live)
25 Dec 1970 - Edison Lighthouse (Repeat)
(Note: Tony Burrows' Wikipedia page gets it wrong and counts the disc only plays and repeats as live performances).

It's very possible that this wasn't a fabrication by Tony, but a case of him misremembering. In the 7 Feb 1970 issue of Disc magazine this blurb appears:
"INCREDIBLE quick-change routine for TONY BURROWS on last week's "Top of The Pops." He had about three minutes to switch from his Brotherhood of Man stage clothes into a different outfit for the Edison Lighthouse appearance. Then he had to change back to tape another Brotherhood spot!"

Cutting from the Scene section of Disc & Music Echo, 7th Feb 1970

However, in the 7th Nov 1970 issue of Mirabelle Tony stated: "One night on Top of the Pops, I was on with one group and I had to do a very quick change of clothes to appear with another. I was a little puzzled at first and it was very hard to keep everything together." And in the 7th Feb 1970 issue of Record Mirror, it's stated: "In fact, last week's edition of TOTP included Tony singing with two groups - for he also sings the lead vocal on the Brotherhood of Man release, used last week as the programme's tip for the top." It's not clear at what point Tony began stating it was three groups, instead of two. But, it's evident that the story evolved at some point in the following decade. Whether it was a fabrication or a case of misremembering, only Tony knows for sure.

Cutting from Mirabelle magazine, 7th Nov 1970


7 May 1970 (Host: Jimmy Savile) - "I've Got You On My Mind" is played mid-show (Disc only, no performance)

14 May 1970 (Host: Tony Blackburn) - White Plains perform "I've Got You On My Mind"

14/5/1970, TOTP
L to R: Brian Johnston, Ricky Wolff, Robin Box, 

Pete Nelson, Robin Shaw and Julian Bailey
Photo from Popscene

28 May 1970 (Host: Tony Blackburn) - White Plains perform "I've Got You On My Mind" (Repeat of 14 May 1970 performance)

5 Nov 1970 (Host: Jimmy Savile) - White Plains perform "Julie Do Ya Love Me"

19 Nov 1970 (Host: Jimmy Savile) - White Plains perform "Julie Do Ya Love Me"

5th Nov 1970, TOTP
L to R: Ricky Wolff, Pete Nelson, Robin Box, Robin Shaw and Roger Hills

Photo from Popscene

Another view. Photo from a 1973 Panini sticker (Picture Pop #24). 
Ricky Wolff is misnamed as Ron Reynolds on the back.

© Photo by Chris Walter
19th Nov 1970, TOTP
L to R: Ricky Wolff, Pete Nelson, Robin Box, Roger Hills, and Robin Shaw

24 June 1971 (Host: Tony Blackburn) - White Plains perform "When You Are A King"

24th June 1971, TOTP
L to R: Tony Hall, Brent Scott Carter, Robin Box, Pete Nelson, Robin Shaw, and Roger Hills
Photo from Popscene

22 Feb 1973 (Host: Noel Edmonds) - White Plains perform "Step Into A Dream"

15 March 1973 (Host: Noel Edmonds) - White Plains perform "Step Into A Dream"

22/2/1973, TOTP
L to R: Ron Reynolds, Robin Shaw, Robin Box, Pete Nelson and Roger Hills

© Photo by Chris Walter
22/2/1973, TOTP
Pete Nelson

BBC 1: The Best Of Basil Brush (TV Series)

22 Aug 1970 - Introduced by: Derek Fowlds, Performer: White Plains

30 Oct 1970 - Introduced by: Derek Fowlds, Performers: White Plains, The Sylvos

Derek Fowlds with Basil Brush puppet, 1970s

BBC 1: Ed and Zed! (TV Series)

24 Oct 1970 (Episode 1) - Performer: White Plains (Songs: "I've Got You On My Mind", "Lovin' You Baby" and "My Baby Loves Lovin'")

Crackerjack! (TV Series)

9 March 1973 (Episode #17.6) - Performers: White Plains, Tony Christie

Doebidoe (Dutch TV Series)

March 1970 - Performer: White Plains

The Golden Shot (TV Series)

6 Dec 1970 - Performers: White Plains, The Roy Budd Trio

Lift Off with Ayshea (TV Series)

4 Nov 1970 (Series 2, Ep. 5) - Performers: White Plains, John Walker, Mud, Baskin and Copperfield, Maggie Brown, Yorkshire Jokers Wild, Lonnie Donegan

13 October 1971 (Series 3, Ep. 6) - Performers: White Plains, Jackie Lee (Rupert)

London Line (TV Series)

Date Unknown - Presenter: Jomoke Debayo, Performer: White Plains (Song: "When You Are A King")
Although this single was released 7 May 1971, this performance appears to be from a much later date. Ron Reynolds, who joined the band in mid-1972, is seen in this video clip playing the concertina.


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posted by Kelly Kinsley