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Old Grey Whistle Test comes to Radio 2

 
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Andy W



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:38 am    Post subject: Old Grey Whistle Test comes to Radio 2 Reply with quote

Bob Harris to present a show recalling the performers on OGWT with archive material and new performances. This from the press release:

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Old Grey Whistle Test, Radio 2 has commissioned a 16-part series entitled Old Grey Whistle Test 40 hosted by who else but Bob Harris, soon to receive an OBE.

Bob said: "Making this series for Radio 2 is proving to be a heart-warming and exciting experience. It is wonderful to discover the affection so many of the artists still have for the Old Grey Whistle Test big name stars whose careers the programme supported in their early days. It's a massive re-union, featuring superstars of British and American music. We are re-creating the ethos of the original shows, featuring amazing new performances, interviews and archive in a gloriously musical atmosphere. Whether you remember the original programmes or not, Old Grey Whistle Test 40 is simply a must-listen for all serious music fans."

Launched in 1971, OGWT was the BBC's flagship music programme which ran to huge critical and audience acclaim until 1988. It gave the first British exposure to music greats such as Bob Marley, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan and Billy Joel.

Starting in August, the programmes will feature classic archive, new performances and interviews with artists who appeared on the original series and will be recorded at the historic Maida Vale studios. Those already confirmed to take part include Elton John, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Yusuf Islam, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Simple Minds and Neil Finn. To be produced by The Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company, each programme will cover one year of OGWT.


More on summer schedule here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2011/07_july/06/radio2.shtml
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This i will be tuning in for great that Bob is still involved should make for great radio
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like it's going to be a good series!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a few good things listed for summer. OGWT should be interesting, also there's another reggae programme.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should be good Very Happy
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