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Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test was an influential BBC television music show that ran from September 1971 until 1987. Hosted by DJ Bob Harris[?] (nicknamed "Whispering Bob Harris" due to his quiet voice and "laid back" style), the program hosted many seminal rock acts of the era, including the first British TV performance of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

According to 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". The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test".

Although many felt that the OGWT had run its course by the time it went off the air, it laid the template for many successive "serious" British music programs such as The Tube, Later with Jools Holland[?], etc.

The program's title music, with its distinctive harmonica theme, was a track called "Stone Fox Chase" by a Nashville band, Area Code 615[?].



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