FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY (as Bob used to say) FREE ENTRY
A screening of some of the old shows on our huge on stage projector screen. Come and enjoy archive footage of some of the best bands the world has ever seen!
Either pop in and enjoy a drink in a relaxed atmosphere or stay and drink the night away and indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events.
On September 21, 1971, The Old Grey Whistle Test premiered on BBC2.
The Old Grey Whistle Test took over from Disco 2, which ran from September 1970 to July 1971.
The programme was commissioned by Sir David Attenborough.
The show was devised by producer Rowan Ayers, whose son was Kevin Ayers.
The name was derived from a Tin Pan Alley phrase. Whenever a new record was pressed up, it would be played to doormen. They were know as Old Greys, because they wore grey suits. If they could remember a song after one or two plays and whistle the tune, then the record was said to have passed The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Rick Wakeman made six appearances on _TOGWT _– with Yes and solo. That is the most by any artist.
The initial budget per show was a meagre £5000.
The figure in the opening titles was known as The Starkicker.
The show’s theme music was Stone Fox Chase by a band called Area 615.
Richard Williams, Melody Maker editor at the time, was the first host. Bob Harris, who is most associated with TOGWT, took over in 1972. He left in 1978, to be succeeded by Anne Nightingale. When she departed in 1982, David Hepworth, Mark Ellen, Andy Kershaw and Richard Skinner were all used as presenters.
In 1983, the show changed title to the Whistle Test. It finished with a live broadcast on New Year’s Eve 1987, running through to the early hours of New Year’s Day 1988.
The first show featured America, Alice Cooper and Lesley Duncan.