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Episode 2

Bob Harris presents part two in this celebration of the classic TV programme, including interviews with Colin Blunstone, Thijs van Leer of Focus and live music from Ralph McTell.

Bob Harris celebrates 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 two covers the series that ran from September 1972 to July 1973. Alongside contributions from the show's original producer Mike Appleton, Bob speaks with Rod Argent and Russ Ballard of Argent, Colin Blunstone, and Donal Gallagher (brother of the late Rory Gallagher - a regular guest) about their memories of the programme.

Singer/songwriter Ralph McTell and Plainsong (Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts) both perform new exclusive session songs; and Thijs van Leer from Focus not only remembers his band's UK TV debut, but also provides an impromptu flute solo that merges a live improvisation with a blast of an old favourite.

These performances are complimented by classic archive sessions from Bill Withers, Del Shannon, the aforementioned Rory Gallagher and the first ever British TV appearance by The Wailers and their emerging star Bob Marley.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Metronomy

    I'm Aquarius

    • Because Music.
  • Last Train Home

    Stone Fox Chase

  • Rory Gallagher

    HANDS OFF (Old Grey Whistle Test archive Session)

  • Ralph McTell

    Zimmerman Blues (Whistle Test 40 Session version)

  • Ralph McTell

    Gypsy (Whistle Test 40 Session version)

  • Bill Withers

    Use Me (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session version)

  • Del Shannon

    Kelly (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session version)

  • Colin Blunstone

    SAY YOU DON'T MIND (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session version)

  • Argent

    God Gave Rock And Roll To You (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session version)

  • Plainsong

    True Story of Amelia Earhart (Whistle Test 40 version)

  • Thijs van Leer

    Improvisation/House Of The King (Whistle Test 40 session version)

  • Focus

    Hocus Pocus

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    STIR IT UP (Old Grey Whistle Test archive session version)

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