For most of us, the evolution of whistling first came to light when Otis Redding charmed us with the timeless classic, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” in 1968. Strangely enough, his intentions were to change the whistling in favour of words around the time of his death but it never came to be. After the track was released, it went on to become one of the most popular songs of the modern era.
The Beatles – the greatest and most influential band of the 20th century, if not ever – combined with the likes of Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Chubby Checker. It is a difficult combination to criticise.
A little background: following the success of the UK Ace’s project How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan, the record label put together 24 Beatles tracks penned by John or Paul, and covered by the leading names in soul from the 60s and 70s.