The Old Grey Whistle Test was launched on 21st September 1971 from a tiny studio tucked behind a lift shaft on the fourth floor of BBC Television Centre. From humble beginnings it has gone on to provide some of the best and most treasured music archive that the BBC has to offer. This programme takes us on a journey and celebrates the musically mixed-up decade that was the 1970s and which is reflected in the OGWT archive.
The Old Grey Whistle Test was launched on 21st September 1971 from a tiny studio tucked behind a lift shaft on the fourth floor of BBC Television Centre. From humble beginnings it has gone on to provide some of the best and most treasured music archive that the BBC has to offer. This programme takes us on a journey and celebrates the musically mixed-up decade that was the 1970s and which is reflected in the OGWT archive. There are classic performances from the glam era by Elton John and David Bowie, an early UK TV appearance from Curtis Mayfield, the beginnings of heavy metal with Steppenwolf's iconic Born to be Wild anthem and the early punk machinations of the 'mock rock' New York Dolls. 1973 being the pinnacle year sees archive from Roxy Music, the Wailers and Vinegar Joe. The programme's finale celebrates the advent of punk and new wave with unforgettable performances from Patti Smith, Blondie, Iggy Pop and the Jam.
This anniversary release is a three CD collection featuring classic rock acts from the Old Grey Whistle Test era including the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, The Who, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin, as well as a number of American new wave artists such as Blondie, The Ramones and Talking Heads. The bonus tracks were recorded live on the Old Grey Whistle Test and cover the shows entire 16 years and as such have a more diverse feel with artists from Alice Cooper and John Lennon to Magazine and Simple Minds. The album is packaged in a deluxe reverse board digipak.
Celebrate the UKs seminal live music show with this fantastic DVD Set. Includes Old Grey Whistle Test Volumes 1, 2 & 3. Launched in September 1971, it hosted performances from the most legendary bands and performers. This DVD Set includes all three DVDs. Disc 1: Over 40 rarely seen performances are brought together in a four-hour film complete with memories of the show's former presenters: Richard Williams, Bob Harris, Annie Nightingale, David Hepworth, Mark Allen and Andy Kershaw. Also included are six major interviews: Bob Harris with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Plant; Richard Williams with Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Mick Jagger. Disc 2: The second volume features more…
Collection of performances by British and American blues artists on BBC programmes such as The Beat Room, A Whole Scene Going, The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Late Show.Includes the seminal slide guitar of Son House, the British R&B of the Kinks, the unmistakable electric sound of BB King and Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker, as well as less familiar material from the likes of Delaney and Bonnie, Freddie King and Long John Baldry.
One of the UK’s finest Rhythm & Blues Bands, Nine below Zero, formed in 1979 and named themselves after the famous Sonny Boy Williamson song. In 1980 they signed to A&M Records and released the seminal “Live at the Marquee” album. By the end of that year they had moved from selling out the Marquee to selling out the Hammersmith Odeon. In 1981 their first studio album “Don’t point your finger” was released and the band play alongside The Kinks & The Who. They also make appearances on the Old Grey Whistle Test and the South Bank show.