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Censorship

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."
"Wilson Banned Ball Fearing Turkey Trot," is a headline story in today's New York Times. According to the report, the Inaugural Committee was told that the president-elect (Woodrow Wilson) wants to cancel the usual Inaugural Ball because he fears "there would be indulgence in the turkey trot, the bunny hug and other ragtime dances and thus provoke what might amount to a National scandal." The paper reports that the committee agreed to scrap the soiree.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that Sunday Dances have been outlawed in the city, and even on weekdays dances cannot begin until after 6.00pm.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that the Police Commission has decreed that "Dance Halls Must Close Sunday PM". The move is part of an ongoing campaign to eradicate the performing of such modern dances as The Grizzly Bear, Bunny Hug and Kangaroo Dip which encourage close bodily contact. Such dances, widely considered immoral, are generally performed to ragtime or jazz music.
At a major anti-jazz meeting in Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland, three thousand protestors parade with banners declaring 'Down with jazz and out with paganism'. Cardinal McRory sends a message of support to the meeting denouncing the dangers of all-night dancing. Irish President De Valera also sends a message, stating that he hopes for the restoration of Ireland's national forms of folk dance. (censorship)
James Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, bans his members from making records, which he claims is a threat to the livelihood of musical performers. The AFM demands that record producers pay a royalty for each commercial disk sold to the public. Union members are also prohibited from recording soundtracks for 'soundies', filmed performances to be played on specially adapted jukeboxes.
Lord Invader performs his composition Rum And Coca Cola for the first time in front of a paying audience in the Victory Calypso Tent [an informal music venue set up for the carnival season] in Port of Spain, Trindidad, West Indies. Six months later, visiting US radio comedian Morey Amsterdam will hear the song, take it back to the USA, sanitise its saucy lyric and copyright it in his own name. Rum And Coca Cola will be a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
It is reported that the Orchestra Los Chavales De Espana has been ordered to leave Cuba, Caribbean, because they are not members of the island's musicians union. The band has been playing radio and live shows in Cuba for two years.
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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.
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
Mambo Italiano, a hit by Rosemary Clooney, is banned by ABC radio and TV in the USA because of its suggestive lyrics. (censorship)
Ruth Brown's American hit, Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean, is banned from radio broadcasts by the BBC in the UK, on the grounds that it might encourage wife-beating.
In the UK, the BBC bans airplay of The Coasters song Charlie Brown 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. [censorship]
Twenty five thousand copies of Ray Peterson's 'death disc' hit single Tell Laura I Love Her are destroyed by Decca Records in the UK, because the song has been declared tasteless and vulgar. (censorship)
UK pop weekly Melody Maker reports that the BBC has banned rock group Nero And The Gladiators from performing their rock'n'roll version of Grieg's classical music melody In The Hall Of The Mountain King on British radio.
Gene Vincent arrives in the UK for a tour, but he is without his Bluecaps, because the Musicians' Union has banned them. For the tour, Vincent is backed by British band Sounds Incorporated
UK music weekly newspaper Disc reports that an American ban on songs from the Anthony Newley - Leslie Bricusse musical Stop The World - I Want To Get Off has been lifted.
Having been banned by many radio and TV stations in the USA, Lena Horne's racial integration plea, Now, is released in the UK. The BBC and ITV both decide not to ban it.
The performing ban on UK-based trouser-splitting pop vocalist P.J. Proby is extended to all BBC tv shows.
Having been formally investigating the supposedly pornographic lyrics of The Kingsmen's 1963 hit single Louie Louie, The FBI Laboratory in the USA officially declares them to be "unintelligible".
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia, leaders of the Koes Bersaudara dance band are arrested on charges of subversion, for playing songs by The Beatles.
After arriving too late for rehearsals, The Yardbirds are banned from appearing on UK tv show Thank Your Lucky Stars. Meanwhile, promoter Ricky Farr reveals that he is refusing to book the group into fifty clubs following their failure to turn up for a date in Southampton.
A Day In The Life by The Beatles is banned by BBC tv in the UK because of its drug references.
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Jamaican reggae star Max Romeo arrives in the UK for a tour, only to discover that Mecca Ballrooms have banned him from appearing because of the salacious lyrics of his hit Wet Dream.
When ZZ Top play at Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas, USA, fans seriously damage the stadium's turf. As a result, concerts are banned at the venue for two decades.
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Patti Smith is banned from New York City, USA, alternative radio station, WNEW, when she explodes into a live on-air rant that heavily criticizes the station, much to the embarassment of presenter Harry Chapin.
Jefferson Starship are prevented from playing a free concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA, when the local authorites pass a resolution banning the use of electrically amplified instruments in the park.
Tommy Hammond, co-owner of Taking Home The Hits music store in Alexander City, Alabama, USA, is fined $500 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.
Lucasfilm Ltd. files a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell, who has been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm believes despite the two Ys, the name is too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour plays the last of three nights at The Skydome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The local police, mindful of complaints of lewdness, ‘review’ the show.
When controversial rap band 2 Live Crew perform at The Ozone Club outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, they are warned by police that they will be arrested if they perform their vulgar songs. So the group encourages the crowd to sing the obscene lyrics for them, resulting in about 500 people singing, "that’s the way we like to fuck" as hapless police officers look on. No arrests are made.
On her Blonde Ambition tour, Madonna plays the second of three nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK. BBC Radio 1 transmits the show live on air, but apologises to listeners because of the number of times Madonna swears during the show.
Three members of alternative rock band Too Much Joy are arrested for performing songs from the 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be at Club Futura, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Madonna's steamy hotel bedroom video for Justify My Love is banned by MTV.
Kid Rock 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.
BBC Radio 1 in the UK publicly apologises for having recently played the album version of Creep by Radiohead. The album version includes expletives which are not present on the single.
Korn announces that the band has taken legal action in the form of a 'cease and desist' order against Zeeland High School, Zeeland, Michigan, USA, which recently suspended a student, Eric VanHoven, for wearing a t-shirt bearing the band's name.
It is reported in Kerrang! magazine that Norwegian black metal band Satyricon has become embroiled in a censorship debate after the video for their song Fuel For Hatred is dropped from rotation by MTV and ZTV. Officially the video has been banned because of potentially harmful strobe effects, but it is felt by some that the video's explicitly sexual and violent content is the real reason.
The marching band of McCord Middle School, McCord, Michigan, USA, is forbidden from playing Louie Louie at their Grand Floral Parade, because of the song's allegedly obscene lyrics. This act of censorship is all the more bizarre, given that the band had been planning to play an instrumental version of the classic 1963 hit by The Kingsmen.
It is reported that the music retail chain HMV Canada has removed all Alanis Morissette product from its shelves because the singer-songwriter has lately struck an exclusive deal allowing the Starbucks Coffee chain to sell her new CD Jagged Little Pill Acoustic.
Ronnie Milsap and a group of fifty Tennessee firefighters, picket the office of Capitol Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Milsap had recorded a song, My First Ride, as a fundraiser to benefit firefighters and police officers, but Capitol refused to service the record to radio and iTunes, because it featured an unauthorised vocal contribution by their artist Trace Adkins. During the protest Milsap sings the song from atop a vintage fire truck.
It is reported that more than twenty unlicensed music download sites in China, Asia, have been shut down, as the Chinese government ramps up its anti-piracy activities.
It is reported that the hit internet video Newport State of Mind, which spoofed the Alicia Keys/Jaz-Z collaboration New York State of Mind, has been removed from YouTube after EMI Music took action over copyright transgression. Newport State Of Mind, performed by rapper Alex Warren and singer Terema Wainwright, racked up 2m hits in two weeks.
Baton-wielding police break up the 'Street Punk' charity concert at the Cultural Park, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia, Asia. Sixty-four punk rock fans are arrested and subsequently taken to the Aceh State Police School for 're-education.'
The government of China is reported to have lifted its ban on the music of Lady GaGa. The ban was put in place in 2011, because her music was deemed to be in 'bad taste' Nearly 100 songs by other artists, including Katy Perry, Beyonce Knowles and Backstreet Boys were also on the blacklist.
Shazad Iqbal From Bradford, UK, launches an online petition to have Katy Perry's latest video, Dark Horse, removed from YouTube on the grounds that it includes blasphemy against Allah.
It is revealed that the reason why Eminem was banned from performing at the 2014 British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, was that his lyrics were deemed "offensive" and "unsuitable" by Royal Parks, the organisation responsible for the park.
Australian radio station Triple M bans the music of Kiss leader Gene Simmons in the wake of his irresponsible comments about depression in an interview with music website Songfacts.com.
Songwriter Eric Bogle, professes himself to be unhappy with a recent version by Joss Stone and Jeff Beck of his song No Man's Land (Green Fields Of France), which has been chosen as this year’s official Poppy Appeal single.
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