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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 outrage, 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 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.
Elsie Carlisle, 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 lyrics. [censorship]
Variety stars Ross And Sargent, a comic duo, record Nellie The Nudist Queen for Columbia Records in London, UK. The song will be banned from broadcast on BBC radio. [censorship]
Hank Williams records his original demo of There's A Tear In My Beer, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but his record company, Mercury Records, refuses to let him release the song because of his already tarnished image as an alcoholic.
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.
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)
Bill Haley 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)
Bill Haley 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]
Bill Haley 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."
A protest meeting takes place in Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania, against an upcoming international rugby test match between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa because South Africa has banned Maoris from playing in the New Zealand team. This racist action inspires New Zealand's all-Maori Howard Morrison Quartet to write and record the sardonic protest song, My Old Man's An All Black (based on the Lonnie Donegan hit My Old Man's A Dustman).
Following a wave of vicious stabbings in New York City, USA, WCBS Radio bans the hit song Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin.
As Elvis Presley prepares to leave the US army, the government of East Germany bans all of his records and films.
Bob Dylan 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.
Billboard 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.
A riot breaks out at a Rolling Stones' concert in The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England, UK, when guitarist Keith Richards aims a kick at a fan who has scrambled onto the stage. As a result, The Stones will be banned from playing in Blackpool, and the ban will remain in force for 44 years. Support band for this show is The Executives.
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UK tv show Top Of The Pops refuses to show a promo film for The Kinks new single Dead End Street, in which the band play the part of undertakers collecting a body in a coffin. Appearing on the show on this night are Donovan, The Small Faces, Bobby Hebb, The Seekers and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich.
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.
During the May Day celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Europe, Soviet teens openly dance the twist 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.
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.
The Ballad Of John and Yoko by The Beatles is banned by half of the Top Forty AM Radio stations in America, because the line 'Christ, you know it ain't easy,' is deemed blasphemous.
When Chuck Berry and The Who perform on the final night of the Pop Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, the audience storms the stage. As a result, rock music is banned at the prestigious venue. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones attends the concert with Marianne Faithfull. (Also on the bill is Bodast).
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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, Siouxsie 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.
The Lone Ranger, a single by UK band Quantum Jump, enters the UK singles chart.
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Pink Floyd'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.
Twisted Sister release a new single, We're Not Gonna Take It, in the USA. It will peak at No21 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart, but will achieve greater notoriety when selected for inclusion on the Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC]'s Filthy Fifteen list in 1985. It will thus become one of the most pivotal songs in the history of music censorship, and will be hotly debated in the US Senate.
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."
Luther Campbell, leader of 2 Live Crew, releases his solo debut LP Banned In The USA on Luke/Atlantic Records in the USA.
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.
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.
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Three members of alternative rock band Too Much Joy are 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 by Radiohead. 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.
Following the recent banning of Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles from headlining the Moonfest Festival in Westbury, Wiltshire, UK, this year's event is cancelled by the organisers.
It is reported that Lady Gaga's video for her current single, Love Game, has been banned by Australia's Channel 10 tv show Video Hits.
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."
Nicki Minaj 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.
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