Whistle While You Work Toys? Yeah, maybe, but they've gained respectability over time. Both the tin whistle (also called the "penny whistle" cuz you could buy them long ago for a penny) and the slide whistle began production in the 1800s, and both can be found in 19th century rock and folk. In the '60s/'70s they were heard in song infrequently, but hey...as usual we are excavating the few that exist. And now, a poem from the '40s:
"Whistle while you work, Hitler is a jerk..
bit his weenie,
Now it doesn't work!"
( ):Label, Year Rec/Rel
Music played as background, in order: 1. Machin - Sur les Bordes de L'Ognan" ("Tout Folkant," Disques Festival 1977) 2. Return to Forever - "The Magician" ("Romantic Warrior," Columbia 1976) 3. Ys - "Captain O'Kane" ("Madame La Frontière," Philips 1976) 4. Fairport Convention - "Papa Stoor" ("Angel Delight," Island 1971) 5. Andy Mackay - "Iron Blossom" ("Resolving Contradictions," Bronze 1978) 6. Fungus - "Kluiveduiker / Krotekoker" ("De Kaarten Zijn Geschud," Universe Productions 1979)