Before The Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie and other up-and-coming '60s artists could perform on the BBC, they had to go before a Talent Selection Group -- and according to recently unearthed documents, they all failed to impress the judges.
The Stones were deemed "unsuitable," Bowie was an "amateur-sounding vocalist," and Elton was called a "wonky singer" with "pretentious material, self-written, sung in an extremely dull fashion without any feeling and precious little musical ability. Thin, piercing voice with NO emotion. Not a tuneful voice.” But, the evaluators did pass his tape up the food chain, and he was allowed to perform.
Among the artists who did impress their first time out were The Beatles, The Kinks and Simon and Garfunkel.