How the BBC Talent People Got It Terribly Wrong

The Daily Mail unearthed some facts about judgements made by BBC talent spotters in the 1960s.

David Bowie:  Amateurish and out of tune.

Elton John: A dull performer wtih a thin voice who sang pretentious songs.

Rolling Stones:  “Unsuitable for our purposes.”

They also didn’t like Pink Floyd and Marc Bolan.  However, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle, Nick Drake and The Kinks were okay.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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