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Television - The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test (usually abbreviated to Whistle Test or OGWT) was an influential BBC2 television music show that ran from 1971 to 1987.

Devised by BBC producer Rowan Ayers, it took over the BBC2 late night slot from Disco Two, which had been running since January 1970, while continuing to feature non-chart music.

According to presenter Bob 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 [doormen in grey suits] . The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test."

Source - Wikipedia

Tim was in Europe to promote Sefronia and used a pickup band of English musicians for the show, including drummer Ian Wallace, who went on to play for King Crimson and Bob Dylan among many others.

This performance can be seen in it's entirety
on MVDvisual's 2007 DVD
Tim Buckley - My Fleeting House.

It is also included on the 2001 two-DVD set:
The Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC Worldwide Publishing

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