Whether it was Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Later with Jools Holland, From the Basement or something called Guitar Heroes at the BBC, the channel was home to some unbelievable musical performances in the 70’s. The Whistle Test ran from 1971 to 1987 and was, quite simply, about nothing else but the music.
Do yourself a favor and buy, rent or just watch any of these that are available on DVD. They continue to be unmatched today even in this day and age of countless outlets available for musical performances on television. It’s not British comedy, but still in keeping with our British focus, here are just a few of the British born greats that have graced the stage at the BBC:
The Rolling Stones
Recorded in 1971 as part of a BBC presentation of Guitar Heroes at the BBC.
From a 1975 performance that was actually taped in New York City specifically for The Old Grey Whistle Test.
David Byrne and Talking Heads
This 1978 performance features Scottish born David Byrne and the Talking Heads.
Formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler and brother, David, this 1978 performance came on the heels of being the opening act for the Talking Heads and launched their worldwide popularity.