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Under the headline 'Philadelphia Bans the Trot', The New York Times
announces that civic leaders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, have banned the playing of music [usually ragtime jazz] which could result in an outbreak of either of two currently popular [and apparently reprehensible] dances - the 'turkey trot'
and the 'grizzly bear'
. According to the article, "it is understood that the two dances have all but caused several scandals in some of Philadelphia's best families."
and becomes involved in an arguement over it, insisting it is a rule at the club that no 'animal dances' were allowed. The animated discussion becomes a fight in which Mr. Spence is knifed 11 times.
Mr. Ed Spence of The Holland Club, Grants Pass, Oregon, USA, sees a couple dancing the
A feature by prominent composer and violinist Leo Oehmler in this month's edition of New York City-based magazine The Musical Observer is entitled "Ragtime : A Pernicious Evil And Enemy Of True Art".
The American Federation Of Musicians lifts its ban on recording of music, which has been in operation since August 1, 1942.
The Perry Como
Show on CBS-tv in the USA features 13-year old guest artist Jimmy Boyd
singing his hit I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
. When first released, Boyd's record had been banned in Boston, Massachgusetts, by the Roman Catholic Church on the grounds that it mixed sex with Christmas.
George A. Miller, president of music business organisation The Music Operators of America, publicly denounces the sexual innuendoes contained in some R'N'B records, such as Annie Had A Baby
by Hank Ballard
and the Midnighters. (censorship)
Asa Carter of the North Alabama White Citizens' Council, announces that rock'n'roll, which he regards as an 'immoral' music, is a plot hatched by the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People. With this in mind, he begins a campaign to get radio stations to ban rock'n'roll records.
and his Comets are banned from performing at the Rock And Roll Under The Stars concert in Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. The local authorities claim that, 'Rock'n'roll music encourages juvenile delinquency and inspires young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches.' (censorship)
South African newspaper The Star describes rock'n'roll music as sounding like "beating on a bucket lid". Fans of the music are characterised in the article as "hordes of sloppy, aggressive, be-jeaned louts and their girlfriends who cause so much trouble in South Africa." (censorship)
A new entertainment programme, The Black And White Minstrel Show, begins on BBC tv in the UK. It will become hugely popular but will eventually be banned because of accusations that the concept - white entertainers in blackface makeup - is racist.
In the UK, the BBC bans airplay of The Coasters
because the lyric includes the word 'spitball' which is
deemed too offensive for radio broadcast. Two weeks later, once the meaning of the term has been explained, the BBC will change its
mind and allow the song to be played.
is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country
, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
US music trade magazine Billboard
reports that juke boxes have been banned in Bangkok, Thailand, Indochina, Asia.
Psychedelic-folk pioneers Pearls Before Swine
begin recording their song (Oh Dear) Miss Morse, which includes the word "F-U-C-K" sung in Morse Code.
The Charlatans, The Salvation Army Banned, and Blue Cheer
play the last of three nights at the Avalon Ballroom
, San Francisco, California, USA.
Tetragrammaton Records in the USA begins a major press advertising campaign for the LP You Can't Beat People Up And Have Them
Say I Love You by stand-up comedian Murray Roman
. The reason for the campaign is that the LP's controversial subject matter, frankly covering sex and drugs, will preclude it from receiving any radio or tv exposure.
In the afternoon, The Sex Pistols
sign a management contract with Glitterbest Ltd, owned by Malcolm McLaren. That night, they earn £438 for playing at the first of two days of the Punk Festival at London's 100 Club, along with The Clash
, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Subway Sect.
In the wake of a sensational punk tv special shown earlier in the month, the city of Glasgow in Scotland bans all punk gigs, hoping to avoid violence.
Concerned about the spread of domestic cassette recordings, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) launches a campaign under the slogan Home Taping Is Killing Music, with support from
Following Stevie Wonder
's recent declaration of support for Nelson Mandela, South African radio stations ban the playing of all his songs.
The Washington Wives' music censorship pressure group PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) petitions the music business to introduce a rating system to warn buyers about violent or sexually explicit lyrics.
Tommy Hammond, co-owner of Taking Home The Hits music store in Alexander City, Alabama, USA, is arrested for selling pornography. The merchandise in question is 2 Live Crew
's albums Move Something and Live Is What We Are, which are defined as pornographic by the state's obscenity statutes.
A case brought by the Rock Against Racism organisation, challenging New York City, USA's attempts to control noise levels at concerts in Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell, is heard in the US Supreme Court. In due course, the court will decide that controlling noise levels at such venues does not violate the free speech rights of performers.
Italian tv refuses to broadcast Madonna
's Pepsi commercial, featuring Like A Prayer, on the grounds that it is deemed blasphemous.
's Justify My Love video, recently banned by MTV, is aired in full on ABC-tv's Nightline.
releases his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast on Jive Records. The album's first single Yo Da Lin In The Valley will be banned by the FCC for its many references to oral sex, and will result in SUNY Cortland Radio (WSUC-FM) receiving the largest non-commercial radio fine up to this time, $23,750.
is granted a visa to perform in Australia, Oceania
, despite Australian Prime Minister John Howard declaring, "I find the lyrics of people like that quite sickening." The terms of Eminem
's visa require him to, "respect Australia's multi-cultural society and avoid vilifying or inciting discord in the community."
It is announced that Starbucks will not be selling the new Bruce Springsteen
album, Devils And Dust, which is the first Springsteen album to be stickered with an advisory label because of erotically-charged lyrics.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Mink decides against an appeal from rapper Lil Wayne
to have the documentary film The Carter banned. Wayne had claimed that executives at Quincy Jones
III's QD3 Entertainment, had reneged on a deal to give the rapper final approval on the content of the movie.
It is reported that Alice Cooper
has been banned from playing an upcoming show
in Finland, Europe, because, according to Harri Wiherkoski, managing director of the Tampere Areena Oy, "artists who express suspicious values from Christianity's point of view cannot be allowed to perform at the venue."
North Vietnamese police arrest and jail songwriter Hoang Nhat Thong
at No.4 Phan Dang Luu prison in Ho Chi Minh City, North Vietnam, Asia. For having written a song criticising his government, he is charged with conducting anti-state propaganda
under Article 88 of Viet Nam's Criminal Code and could face a jail sentence of up to two decades.
The board of the city-owned Exhibition Place music venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, votes to ban EDM (Electronic Dance Music) events at the venue
. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti cites the abuse of MDMA and ecstasy as the main reason for the ban, but suspicions are aired that the ban is actually aimed at "improving the financial position" of another venue, Muzik Nightclub, a favourite haunt of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
A group of Iranian youths who posted a video of themselves dancing to the
It is reported that organisers of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, USA, have dropped R. Kelly from the line-up
, in response to protests from musicians and local people.
A Dominican Republic government commission with responsibility for public performances announces that it is banning a September 13 concert
by Miley Cyrus
because the former Disney cutie-pie often "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law."