The History of Whistling

In their latest three-minute medley, cdza (short for Collective Cadenza) pays tribute to the art of whistling.

While the other band members, Evan Shinners and Michael Thurber, play the keys and strings, Eric Rivera whistles through 26 songs, starting off in early 1914 with Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts’ popular marching tune. Other highlights along the way include Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, The Bangles’ 1986 hit “Walk Like An Egyptian”, and Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”.

Have a listen to the History of Whistling over the past 98 years.

Find the full set list after the jump.

F.J. Ricketts (1914) “Colonel Bogey March”
Ben Bernie (1925) “Sweet Georgia Brown”
Frank Churchill (1937) “Whistle While You Work”
Raoul Kraushaar (1954) “Lassie Main & End Title”
Earle Hagen (1960) “The Fishin’ Hole”
Ennio Morricone (1964) “A Fistful of Dollars”
Ennio Morricone (1966) “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966) “Daydream”
Bernard Hermann (1968) “Twisted Nerve”
Otis Redding (1968) “(Sittin, On) The Dock of the Bay”
The Beatles (1970) “Two of Us”
Paul Simon (1972) “Down by the Schoolyard”
Billy Joel (1977) “The Stranger”
Supertramp (1979) “Goodbye Stranger”
J. Geils Band (1981) “Centerfold”
The Bangles (1986) “Walk Like An Egyptian”
Bobby McFerrin (1988) “Don,t Worry Be Happy”
Guns N’ Roses (1989) “Patience”
Warren G. ft. Nate Dogg (1994) “Regulate”
Beck (1997) “Sissyneck”
Bob Sinclair (2005) “Love Generation”
Peter Bjorn and John (2006) “Young Folks”
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (2009) “Home”
The Black Keys (2010) “Tighten Up”
Foster The People (2010) “Pumped Up Kicks”
Maroon 5 (2011) “Moves Like Jagger” ft. Christina Aguilera

[via Geekosystem]

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