Bob Harris OBE
"I salute the buskers and street musicians in Britain and across the world to whom music is a way of life. Thank you for touching the lives of everyday people with the power of song."
Bob Harris has been at the heart of the UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation, described by Radio Times as ‘...one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting’.
Few people have taken as many bands into the mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris, from his groundbreaking work in the 1970s on BBC Radio 1 and the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test TV shows, to his current programmes Bob Harris Country and Bob Harris Sunday on BBC Radio 2.
Bob is passionate about music and his infectious enthusiasm permeates his work. His guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence, reflected in the passion of his broadcasting and his devotion to the best music. He is a trusted guide and mentor to millions who have music at the centre of their lives. When Bob gives his support to an artist, people listen and his shows have become the Holy Grail for acts worldwide. His tireless promotion of new and cutting edge music has been second to none across a career that has seen him acknowledged by a series of international awards.
But broadcasting is not the only string to Bob’s bow. He is also a respected and successful writer. In 2015 he published the second edition of his autobiography Still Whispering After All These Years which spent more than two months at the top of the Amazon Music book chart and he is currently working on a Nashville Heroes project, due for publication in 2016. He co-founded the world famous Time Out magazine in 1968 and currently has his own column in Maverick Magazine.