Man who blows the whistle on ‘Shake Your Body Down’ receives posthumous Grammy

by Danny SoZ

The man who blew the whistle on the backing soundtrack to Odyssey’s smash hit 1980 single, Shake Your Body Down has been awarded a posthumous Grammy 5 years after he passed away at his home in Whitechapel in East London.

‘Rankin’ Toby Dell, who received the award for his ‘Outstanding contribution to the music industry’, retired from his whistle-blowing career in 1982 having amassed an estimated £20 million pounds in royalties.

Before retiring in 2002, he spent the next 20 years as a referee in the English Premier League, where his constant whistling became a regular feature during top-flight matches.

His widow, Tracy, 134, told Dafty News: “Toby loved his whistle and would often summon the kids in for their tea with it.

“He also often used to blow on it constantly to annoy my mother when she came to visit and to let me know when he wanted sex.”

Toby’s whistle was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London in 2005 where it was bought by an anonymous Japanese buyer for £3.26 who has given permission for it to be displayed in a Tokyo museum alongside Rolf Harris’s Stylophone.

Listen to Toby’s whistle in the clip below

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