Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Solid Gold Dancers

Solid Gold was a music countdown show that ran from 1980 to 1988. Basically, North Americas answer to Top Of The Pops. The only difference, the Solid Gold dancers - a risqué dance troop of lycra loving, leg warmer obsessed bendy ladies, with the occasional dancing (male) queen. Every Saturday I'd plonk myself in front of the television set to be dazzled by these beautiful creatures. What elaborate, sexually charged routines would they come up with this week? I couldn't wait for the opening credits and that familiar theme tune. The Solid Gold dancers would charge through a haze of smoke like ninjas, flying through the air. Man did they ever shine, gold lamé and sequins were rife. So what was their purpose exactly? Well, during the weekly one-hour show a host would count down the Top 10 while pop acts performed. The Solid Gold dancers filled in the gaps of the acts not taking part, a simple premise really. Now every fan of Solid Gold had a favorite dancer. My favorite Solid Gold dancer was Darcel (above right) with her floor length beaded hair that she'd crack like a whip. Darcel was the principle dance and always looked FIERCE. I'd try and copy her dance moves often hurting myself, knocking over lamps, shacking pictures off the wall. Sadly, I never followed Darcel's footsteps, pursuing a career in dance. I do however occasionally watch clips of Solid Gold on YouTube. It's all rather nostalgic and I can't help but wonder, where are the Solid Gold dancers now? Performing on a cruise ship with Zimmer frames as props no doubt.

Solid Gold Dancers (Watch Here)

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  1. 3 just appeared on Live to Dance. Darcel, Deborah and Lezlie. They were great and still very sexy!

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  7. I was a bartender in downtown Vegas and one of the women who came into the bar frequently, who looks like the photo of the lone woman above, claimed to be a former Solid Gold dancer. I have photos of her. I'll have to dig them out and compare images. That's how I found your site actually. I was thinking about her today, and went to see if I could find her in a google search. No luck yet... unless the woman above is her.

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  11. I happened to run into the filming of "Jesus Christ Superstar" movie in Isreal in '71 and landed a small part. Darcel was the lead dancer. I ended up becoming a masseuse for many of the cast. And yes, I had my hands all over Darcel. A memory never fogotten. You can imagine my excitement to watch her each week on Solid Gold Dancers.

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