What ? Could it be that the Mail had got wind of Meirion Jones's little scheme around the time that MWT got involved ?
Now, I could be wrong here, but have a look at these photos. More specifically, have a look at the date they were 'uploaded' onto the Daily Mail pictures site
WHY the sudden interest with dancers who appeared on Top of the Pops ? Here's a link to the page courtesy of Bandini, see for yourself
Another photo agency, Rex features, features photos of other girl dancers who appeared with Samantha/Claire/McAlpine. I do not know WHEN this was uploaded but I'm assuming it's around the same time ?
You can see that these photos come from the rehearsal or 'warm up' stage of the show
Tony Blackburn presented Top of the Pops that week
Now, I had set out to tell you more about these girl dancers. After all, the press appear to have an interest in them, even supplying their names etc.
How on earth do they know this ? Better still, why is Jimmy Savile in a photo said to have been taken on 4th February 1971, when he wasn't even there that day ? The next photo caption will explain a few things. It's Claire and it's tagged 8th April 1971. Now at first I thought, stupid buggers, the poor lass died on 29th March 1971, then I concluded that the date refers to the DATE OF HER INQUEST in other words, the date it may have been used in a newspaper report at the time !
All very interesting isn't ? But, I'm going to leave the photos for now because guys and gals I have, just this morning found a corker of an article about the case. Goodness gracious, this is actually advertised online but I'm not telling you where, sorry ! It's obviously published in April/May 1971 and it's obviously from an American magazine or newspaper. God Bless America !
The next few paragraphs are .. well, make your own mind up. Certainly explains a few things !
Finally it pays off
The writer is Robert Greenfield a music journalist and writer. Google his name, he's no hack guys and gals, this guy knows the business.
So, howz about that then ?
Next Time, Payola the real 'scandal' that was NOTHING to do with Top of the Pops but is certainly an interesting tale that resonates with recent events very very well, as it happens !