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Episode 1

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 24 August 2011

Bob Harris presents the first in a series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic music TV show. Each programme looks at one complete series of the original Old Grey Whistle Test and includes archive recordings alongside both new interviews and exclusively recorded sessions with guests from the featured series.

Programme One covers series one, which ran from September 1971 to July 1972. Bob interviews the show's producer Mike Appleton about the creation of the show and speaks with Alice Cooper and Elton John about their appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Both artists also feature in archive sessions and there are more classic performances from David Bowie and Curtis Mayfield. Yusuf performs two exclusive acoustic numbers and chats about both his Whistle Test days recording as Cat Stevens and his current projects. There is further live music from Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

Music Played

12 items
  • Image for Area Code 615

    Area Code 615 Stone Fox Chase

    Old Grey Whistle Test, RHINO, WMTV-140

  • Image for Small Faces

    Small Faces Happiness Stan

    Artist: Stanley Unwin

    Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, ESSENTIAL, ESM-CD477

  • Image for Alice Cooper

    Alice Cooper UNDER MY WHEELS (BBC Session version)

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie FIVE YEARS (BBC Session version)

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Sweet Baby James

    James Taylor - Classic Songs, CBS, 241089-2

  • Image for Curtis Mayfield

    Curtis Mayfield Keep On Keeping On (BBC Session version)

  • Yusuf Islam Whistle Test 40

    • Image for Yusuf

      Yusuf Trouble (BBC Session version)

  • Image for Yusuf

    Yusuf Roadsinger (BBC Session version)

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John All The Nasties (BBC Session version)

  • Martin Taylor's Wishbone Ash OGWT performance

  • Image for Last Train Home

    Last Train Home Stone Fox Chase (feat. Eric Brace)

  • Image for Daft Punk

    Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas Instant Crush


  • Bob Harris and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash

    Bob Harris and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash

    Martin Turner, Dave Wagstaffe, Bob Harris, Danny Willson and Ray Hatfield at Maida Vale 3 recording episode one of Old Grey Whistle Test 40.

    Photo by: Miles Myerscough-Harris


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