Tuesday, June 21, 2011
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST - BOWIE / BEEFHEART / PETTY / WAILERS / TALKING HEADS
The Old Grey Whistle Test was an influential BBC2 television music show that ran from 1971 to 1987. It was devised by BBC producer Rowan Ayers. According to presenter Bob Harris, the program derived its name from "... a 'tin pan alley' phrase from years ago. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys [doormen in grey suits]. The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test" Many amazing performances came out of this show, here are some of my favorites!