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Censorship

Mr. Ed Spence of The Holland Club, Grants Pass, Oregon, USA, sees a couple dancing the Bunny Hug 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.
It is reported that popular tenor John McCormack has cancelled his upcoming concert at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Having heard that the Irish-born McCormack recently refused to sing the patriotic British song It's A Long Way To Tipperarary during a show in Kansas City, the management of Massey Hall had become concerned about the singer's attitude to Great Britain. McCormack cancelled the show "rather than enter into a controversy".
Cashbox 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)
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
In one of the most outrageous examples of musical censorship on erotic grounds, the BBC in London, England, UK, Europe, bans the latest Johnnie Ray single, Such A Night, from airplay, while it is already at No1 in the singles chart. The song, whose lyric is no more suggestive than many of the era, had been a hit in the USA for The Drifters earlier in the year, and would be a hit again for Elvis Presley in 1964 but, for reasons which have never been adequately explained Johnnie Ray [an undisclosed homosexual] suffered the ban.
UK pop paper Melody Maker reveals that the BBC has banned the Mark Dinning song Teen Angel. [censorship]
Folk musician Pete Seeger, under indictment for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, states to a press conference in New York City, USA, that he will continue to refuse "to answer questions as to my associations, my philosophy or religious beliefs, or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs."
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It is reported that the Irish Republic's only radio station, Radio Eireann, has banned the song Michael, in versions by The Highwaymen and Lonnie Donegan. Reasons for the band are not available at the time of the announcement.
Teen dance craze The Twist is banned by Bishop Burke of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, USA, who decrees that it must not be danced, sung about or listened to at any Catholic school, parish or youth organisation.
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The Jehovah's Witness magazine Watchtower runs a feature about the morality of dancing The Twist, concluding that, "even if a Christian can participate in a dance with a good conscience before God, because of having no wrong motive, that is not enough. He must consider the effect upon the onlooker."
Folk music-based tv show Hootenanny on ABC in the USA, comes to an end. Producers of the show had blacklisted Pete Seeger early in its run, thus earning boiycotts from almost every significant folk act of the era, including Bob Dylan Joan Baez, Peter Paul And Mary and The Kingston Trio.
A proposed concert by The Beatles at Ramat-Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, Asia, does not take place because it has been turned down by The Committee of Education and Culture of the Knesset (Parliament). The Committe has stated that The Beatles "have no artistic level sufficient enough and that they cannot add to the spiritual and cultural life of the youth in Israel". One Jerusalem newspaper reports that "Some of the committee members have said during the debate that The Beatles shows cause sexual arousal and that is why it should be better not to bring them over."
Today's edition of pre-recorded BBC1 tv show Juke Box Jury in the UK is broadcast with seven minutes missing, because of drug references in one of the songs played, The Addicted Man by The Game. The track had met with universal disapproval by the jury.
The Smoke enter the UK singles chart with My Friend Jack, but a BBC ban quickly comes into effect because of the song's LSD-related lyric, and it never rises above No45.
Manfred Mann re-record the lyric of their upcoming single, My Name Is Jack, following objections from American distributors that it might inflame racial tensions.
The Rolling Stones give in to pressure from Decca Records to change the sleeve for their seventh album, Beggars Banquet. What had been a toilet wall scrawled with graffiti becomes a tasteful cream sleeve bearing almost no imagery at all. @RollingStones
FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover writes to Charles H.Crutchfield, President of the Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Company, North Carolina, USA, supporting his appeal for censorship of rock albums, specifically mentioning recordings by The Doors and The Fugs.
A mother, wearing a traditional white headscarf, goes to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, to hand in a letter to the country's military leader, Videla, asking about her 'disappeared' son. She is sent away but, moments later, she links arms with another woman and begins walking in silence around the square. Eventually, a small group of women are walking round the square in pairs. At the time, a government order banned assemblies of more than three people so, by walking in pairs, they could not be broken up by police. Every Thursday since that day the Mothers of The Disappeared have walked around Plaza de Mayo carrying photographs of their lost loved ones. The white headscarf, worn on that April day 35 years ago, became the symbol of the unity of the group. The songs They Dance Alone by Sting and Mothers Of The Disappeared by U2 are about this protest.
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.
UK tv show Top Of The Pops features live appearances by Squeeze, Kate Bush, The Real Thing, The Buzzcocks, Dennis Brown and Sham 69. Squeeze are obliged to change the sexually-suggestive lyrics of their hit Cool For Cats which are considered too risque for early evening tv broadcast.
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The Ayatollah Khomeini tells a mass gathering of his subjects in Teheran, Iran, Asia, that, "Music is no different from opium. Music affects the human mind in a way that makes people think of nothing but music and sensual matters ... Music is a treason to our country, a treason to our youth, and we should cut out all this music and replace it with something instructive."
When black children in South Africa adopt Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd as their anthem, censorship rears its ugly head - the single is banned by the apartheid regime.
The Lyceum, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, bans rock gigs, obliging Irish punk combo Stiff Little Fingers to cancel a show there.
At the 1982 Juno Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, controversial bondage-oriented band Rough Trade is asked not to sing particular lyrics from their song High School Confidential which "depicted putatively inappropriate lesbian lust". The band's singer Carole Pope performs the song anyway, including the controversial line, "She makes me cream my jeans / When she's coming my way."
UK music paper Melody Maker reveals that the lyric of The Smiths' song Suffer Little Children, which refers to the grisly Moors Murders case, has resulted in a ban on their recordings in some UK shops.
During a crackdown an jazz musicians in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe, jazz journalist Vlasimil Marek is arrested on a charge of "damaging the interests of the Republic abroad."
UK tv show The Roxy refuses to allow The Jesus And Mary Chain to play live rather than mime. In the row that ensues, the group is thrown off the show.
MTV announces that it will air Cher's video for If I Could Turn Back Time at night only, explaining that the singer shows a little too much of her rear end in the clip.
Sebastian Bach, lead singer of New Jersey band Skid Row, is arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, after a concert for using profane language, "thrusting his pelvis toward the crowd" and having "grasped his groin".
The R.I.A.A. in the USA unveils a standardized advisory sticker reading 'Parental Advisory. Explicit Lyrics.' for albums containing explicit lyrics. The sticker was developed in response to complaints about offensive lyrics by groups such as 2 Live Crew.
2 Live Crew, Seka, Poison Clan and Tds Mob play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Jane's Addiction release their third album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in the USA. Numerous record stores refuse to stock the LP because the cover art depicts male and female nudes in an intimate setting. As a result, a second cover is created, using only black typography against a white background.
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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.
The United States Supreme Court decides in favour of 2 Live Crew in the case of Campbell vs Acuff-Rose Music. The lawsuit was based on 2 Live Crew's use of parts of the Roy Orbison song Oh Pretty Woman in their track Pretty Woman. The decision establishes that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use, and is not an infringement of copyright.
Pop Will Eat Itself are banned from Irish TV's Late Late Show after abusing former Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren in the hospitality suite and trashing a drum kit live on air.
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.
The Guardian reports that Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles has been banned from headlining the Moonfest Festival in Westbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, because police are concerned that he might "gee up" the crowd into a dangerous frenzy.
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."
15-year-old student Cole Goforth is sent home from Greenbrier High School, White House, Tennessee, USA, for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Lady Gaga inspired slogan, 'I Heart Lady Gay Gay'.
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.
The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK bans daytime screenings of a tv commercial for Beyonce's perfume, Heat, after receiving fourteen viewer complaints.
It is revealed that BBC director general Mark Thompson has apologised to music business mogul and convicted paedophile Jonathan King for editing his perfomance of the No9 hit single It Only Takes A Minute out of a repeat broadcast of the tv show Top Of The Pops on the grounds that it might offend viewers. Jonathan King had objected on the grounds that the edit was a Stalinist revision of history.
22 year-old Matthew de Grood stabs five university students to death at a house party in Calgary, Canada. It is later revealed that he posted lyrics by Megadeth on his Facebook page shortly before carrying out his killing spree. The lyrics in question are "Dread and the fugitive mind - the world needs a hero".
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.
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."
Musician Andrew Kalleen is assaulted and arrested by a NYPD officer at Lorimer St/Metropolitan Avenue subway station while singing Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. The arrest happens after Kalleen has informed the police officer of precisely which law establishes his right to perform music in the subway.
Charges against humanitarian musician, philanthropist and politician Bobi Wine alleging unlawful possession of firearms and incitement to violence, are dropped when he appears before the General Court Martial in Gulu, Uganda, Africa. Public support for Wine had been growing since it was reported that he had been beaten and tortured while under arrest.
Popular Ugandan singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine, is arrested at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, Africa. He had been released on bail (while facing charges of treason), and was now attempting to leave Uganda to receive medical attention abroad.
Following the recent controversy about radio stations banning the 1944 classic Baby, It's Cold Outside on grounds that its lyric might constitute 'sexual harassment' the sixty-year old song enters the Top 10 of Billboard magazine's digital sales list with a 70% increase in downloads.
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