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, as it is termed, by residents of that section. The dance in question originated at a suburban resort and is officially known as the Chevy Chase Glide." The dance had been introduced at Chevy Chase Lake resort to appease customers annoyed by the resort's recent ban on "freak dancing", which included The Bunny Wiggle, The Grizzly Hug and other "animal dances" often associated with ragtime and jazz music.
The Washington Post reports that "Residents of Chevy Chase are up in arms over the dances that are being practiced at an amusement park, and it comes from a well known source that a movement will be started to suppress the
The Washington Post reports that Catholic bishops in Nashville (Tennessee) and Cincinnati (Ohio) have told their flocks that dancers of the Turkey Trot will not be forgiven for their sins. This is part of an ongoing effort to ban such modern 'animal' dances as The Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear and Bunny Hug, which are widely considered immoral, and are usually performed to the accompaniment of ragtime or jazz music.
, with Ambrose
And His Orchestra, records Pu-leaze!
Mister Hemingway!, for Regal Zonophone Records in Kingsway Hall, London, UK. The song will be banned by the BBC because of its saucy
Variety stars Ross And Sargent, a comic duo, record Nellie The
Nudist Queen for Columbia
in London, UK. The song will be banned from broadcast
on BBC radio. [censorship]
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.
magazine reports that Thirteen Women And One Man by Dickie Thompson on Herald Records has been banned on WHOM Radio in New York City, USA, because its lyric is considered too provocative. (censorship)
and His Comets are recording a cleaned-up version of Big Joe Turner
's Shake, Rattle And Roll. Haley tells a reporter, "We steer clear of anything suggestive". (censorship)
A feature in the New York Times reports the opinion of psychiatrist Francis J. Braceland that rock'n'roll is "a communicable disease". Braceland further brands the music as "cannibalistic and tribalistic." (censorship)
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]
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."
As Elvis Presley
prepares to leave the US army, the government of East Germany bans all of his records and films.
takes part with other musicians in a demonstration in Washington Square, Greenwich Village
, New York City, USA, against attempts to ban their Sunday afternoon get-togethers and music sessions. In due course, he will write the song Down At Washington Square
about this day - but it will never be published or recorded.
magazine in the USA reports that several recent single releases have encountered censorship problems. God, Country And My Baby by Johnny Burnette
has been removed from playlists on radio stations WINS and WMCA in New York City after complaints that the song was 'sacrilege'. Similarly, radio bans are in force on Sam Cooke
's Feel It, Fabian
's Made You and Art And Dotty Todd's Cha Cha Chariot.
Britain's national radio and television network The BBC (British Boradcasting Corporation) slaps a ban on novelty horror disc Monster Mash
by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
And The Crypt-Kickers.
Sonny And Cher
are barred from the Tournament Of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, USA, because they had recently expressed support for teenage rioters on Sunset Strip.
as a deliberate protest against the Ministry
of Culture's orders against performing the dance which is regarded as an example of unacceptable Western decadence.
During the May Day celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Europe, Soviet teens openly dance
CBS TV suspends free advertising for the Eastern Europe-based Radio Free Europe
, citing the fact that RFE did not make it clear that the station is at least partly funded by the CIA
. R.E.M.'s 1981 debut single, Radio Free Europe
, will be inspired by the station name, although its Michael Stipe-penned lyric is typically inscrutable.
In the afternoon, The Sex Pistols
sign a management contract with Glitterbest Ltd, owned by music biz entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren. That night, they earn £438 for playing at the first of two days of the Punk Festival at The 100 Club
, London, UK, along with The Clash
And The Banshees and Subway Sect.
The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England, UK, is arrested for displaying the LP Never Mind The Bollocks by The Sex Pistols
's album The Wall is declared to be "prejudicial to the safety of South Africa" by that country's ruling apartheid government.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen
play at The Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Rush are on the same bill, but Van Halen
are banned from attending Rush's performance because of a falling out a year earlier.
Halfway through playing Relax
by Frankie Goes To Hollywood on his BBC Radio One Breakfast Show, deejay Mike Read removes the record from his turntable and declares it to be obscene.
The BBC in London, England, UK, Europe, announces a ban on playing the single Relax
by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
The Pogues become the first musical victims of a British government ban on the broadcasting of statements by terrorists or their supporters when their song 'Birmingham Six' is put on an IBA blacklist.
Police in Sarasota, Florida, USA, arrest a teenage record store clerk on obscenity charges for selling a 2 Live Crew
LP to a minor.
In Miami, Florida, USA, the trial of 2 Live Crew
and the distributor of its LP As Nasty As They Wanna Be
vs Sheriff Nick Navarro begins. Navarro had recently succeeded in having the LP declared obscene, largely based on a recent Mimai Herald newspaper review which states that, "Many of 2 Live Crew
's lyrics are so filled with hard-core sexual, sadistic and masochistic material that they could not be printed here, even in censored form."
Shortly after Saddam Hussein orders the invasion of Kuwait, Asia, student radio station KSDB-FM at Kansas State University plays Killing An Arab
by The Cure
. Listener protests will lead to the station making a formal apology and agreeing not to play the track again.
Three members of alternative rock band Too Much Joy
are aquitted in court in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA. The charge against the threesome was that they had performed songs from the 2 Live Crew
album As Nasty As They Wanna Be
at Club Futura, Hollywood, Florida, the previous August.
BBC Radio 1 in the UK publicly apologises for having recently played the album version of Creep
. The album version includes expletives which are not present on the single.
Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens
, is detained on arrival in Israel and deported just hours later because the intelligence service believes that Islam has funded Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group, to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds.
Hip-hop/rap duo Los Aldeanos
perform to a packed crowd in the town of Candelaria, Cuba, Caribbean. Band-member Aldo Rodriguez spends the night in jail for "disturbing the public."
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.
Following objections from citizens of Aberdeen, Washington, the last three letters of the word 'fuck' are removed from a granite plaque in memory of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
in the town's Kurt Cobain
Riverfront Park. The edited plaque is then returned to the park. The full quote which had incensed the citizens was, "Drugs are bad for you. They will fuck you up."
BBC Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe is obliged to apologise at the end of his show for the repeated use of the word 'F--k' by Arctic Monkey's frontman Alex Turner during a live set on Lowe's show.
L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, publishes a tribute to The Beatles
on the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. The article is widely seen as ending a decades-long period in which The Beatles
' music was officially disapproved of by the Catholic Church. The feud between the church and the band was triggered in March 1966 when singer John Lennon
told a London Evening Standard reporter that The Beatles
were "more popular than Jesus."
releases a new single, Anaconda
, whose sexually provocative cover art is censored on several digital music stores with a 'Parental Advisory' label.
Norwegian pop-punk quartet Slutface
announces that, because of pressure from social media, they have changed their name to Slotface. Under their old name, many social media outlets refused to link to the band.