Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Eton Wants More Music on TV

Sir Elton John has told the BBC the time is right to bring back a weekly TV music show that will champion up and coming artists.


"It would be great for new artists that had their first album, say like a Laura Marling, or Rumer, just for that purpose of launching, as it helped me when I had my first record out.

"They don't often get the chance to play live on television, there aren't that many music shows on television."

TOTPs, which began in 1964, was formally cancelled with the last edition being broadcast on 30 July 2006.

Elton's comments were made during an interview with Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris as the BBC marks the 40th anniversary of ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’.

A new sixteen-part radio series hosted by Harris launches this Friday at 10pm.

Archive performances from the 1970s/1980s music programme will be played along with interviews from some of the artists who appeared on the original show, such as Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey and Mark Knopfler.

Elton John, who features in the first of the Radio 2 shows, said he was a massive fan of the Old Grey Whistle Test when it launched.

"Everybody did that show, it was the show where you played live, it was like the pre-run to Later with Jools Holland.

"I did it quite a lot and I enjoyed every single minute of it," he said.

- BBC

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