It's most famous presenter was "Whispering" Bob Harris who led the show from 1972 through to 1978. Annie Nightingale then took over and her reign ended in 1982. Following her departure there was a new name - simply Whistle Test, a new time slot (I think it was around tea time) and new presenters - Andy Kershaw, Richard Skinner, David Hepworth and Mark Ellen all took turns in presenting the show up until it finished on January 1st 1988 (after a live New Year's Eve Special that finished in the early hours of New Year's Day).
To celebrate this iconic show I thought I'd throw together a playlist of just a few of the bands who played on it (there's actually 83 performances and then the final show in the series).
There are links added to discover more music so click on them.
Heads, Hands and Feet - the first band to play live on the show.
Neil Young - there's actually a full performance that's worth checking out as well.
Jerry Lee Lewis
New York Dolls
Not included on the playlist but there's a Full 44min Performance by Joni Mitchell that's worth checking out as well.
Lynyrd Skynryd - the version of Freebird is truly outstanding and well worth playing a second time!
Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Iggy Pop (Not actually 1976 but I've left it in, guy who uploaded it put wrong date on it)
Not included on the playlist but worth checking out a 40min performance by Bonnie Raitt.
John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett
Siouxsie and the Banshees
28mins of Blondie recorded on New Year's Eve 1979. Well worth checking out.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Checkout Ian Dury and the Blockheads special from 1980.
Gang of Four
The Pale Fountains
The Cocteau Twins
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Sisters of Mercy
The Pet Shop Boys
Age of Chance
The last four videos on the playlist are from the final show broadcast on 31st December 1987 (I had included Part 1 but then discovered it had been muted by You Tube so removed it but the remaining four parts seem to work okay)