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Hot Gossip

Risqué, dance troupe Hot Gossip were formed by dance teacher Arlene Phillips and appeared regularly at Maunkbury’s nightclub in London before being spotted by the director of the Kenny Everett Television Show who was looking for “a racier version of Pan’s People“.

Hot Gossip were best known thereafter for the inclusion of future Andrew Lloyd Webber wife and star Sarah Brightman.

That list includes members from several different lineups, including the splinter dance group Spinooch. Other members of the troupe included Chrissie Wickham, Roy Gayle, Richard Lloyd King, Jane Newman, Julia Redburn, Kim Leeson, Perry Lister, Debbie Ash, Virginia Hartley, Alsion Hierlehy and ‘Floyd’.

Hot Gossip also made it to #6 in the UK charts in November 1978 with the preposterous space fantasy single, I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper. The follow-up single was credited to Sarah Brightman and The Starship Troopers.

Most subsequently returned to careers as dancers in West End shows, though Roy Gayle, a British Aerobic champion, retained his involvement in music by singing with London soul band Frank The Cat.

Perry Lister was briefly married to Billy Joel.