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The Washington Times reports that Chevy Chase Lake resort has banned "freak dancing" in its pavilion. In this context, "freak dancing" includes the Bunny Wiggle, Grizzly Hug and other so-called "animal dances", often associated with ragtime and jazz music. It is recommended that dancers "should confine themselves to the old straight-away waits and the two step" but "even in these, no fancy steps will be permitted."
A poem is published in The Tacoma Times, Washington State, USA, stating, "When you're in Walla Walla, friends, / You must not 'bunny hug' /Or 'turkey trot,' or likeas not, / They'll slam you in the jug; / And, girls, don't romp with 'Texas Tom'; / To do so's taking chances, / For the cops have put the kibosh on / Those naughty, naughty dances." The poem is a reference to legal action being taken over the popularity of 'animal' dances such as The Bunny Hug and Turkey Trot, usually performed to ragtime or jazz music.
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]
A feature in the California Eagle newspaper, headlined Leaders Protest Dance Hall Ban, reports that the Los Angeles Police Department has refused to issue a Mexican American social organization called La Fiesta Club a permit to host a concert featuring the Benny Goodman Orchestra at LA's Shrine Auditorium, because the police, along with conservative Los Angeles City Council members, are afraid that whites, blacks, Mexicans, and Filipinos might be allowed to dance together.
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.
The American Federation Of Musicians lifts its ban on recording of music, which has been in operation since August 1, 1942.
The government of the USA revokes the passport of politically-active singer Paul Robeson, beginning an eight-year legal battle to have it restored. Robeson's struggle against censorship and racism will inspire The Manic Street Preachers to write their 2001 song Let Robeson Sing.
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.
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)
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.
UK pop weekly Melody Maker reports that Decca Records has postponed the British release of Ray Peterson's controversial 'death disc' Tell Laura I Love Her, even though 530,000 copies of the recording have already been sold internationally. (censorship)
Mark Dinning records the novelty pop song Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports in New York City, USA, for MGM Records. The song will become controversial because it mentions Congolese Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, who will be assassinated soon after release of the record. As a result, records are withdrawn from shops and replaced with a new version with a more acceptable lyric.
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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Gene McDaniels enters the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA with 100 Pounds Of Clay, which will peak at No3.
Britain's national broadcasting service, the BBC, bans three songs on the Max Bygraves album Nursery Rhymes For Grown-Ups. This act of censorship was occasioned mainly by the track Georgie Porgy, which was felt to have homosexual implications.
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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Illinois Jacquet records Banned In Boston, Ydeen-o, Back Home Again In Indiana and Reverie, in New York City, USA.
The BBC in the UK bans the American hit single Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett for being 'offensive'.
Glasgow council in Scotland announces that all boys and men with Beatle-cuts - i.e. haircuts in the the style of The Beatles - will henceforth have to wear bathing caps, because a committee has been told that hair from 'Beatle-cuts' is clogging the pool's filters.
Ralph Locher, mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, threatens to forbid rock shows at any of the city's public facilities, arguing that they cause riots.
As a result of his recent trouser-splitting antics onstage in Croydon, P.J.Proby is banned from performing in all ABC Theatres in the UK.
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P.J. Proby's new UK single, I Apologise, enters the chart – the title widely perceived as a reference to the trouser-splitting incidents which recently caused him to be banned from performing.
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FBI agents pay a visit to Wand Records in New York City, USA during their ongoing investigations into allegations of obscenity in the lyrics to the song Louie Louie by The Kingsmen.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia, leaders of the Koes Bersaudara dance band are arrested on charges of subversion, for playing songs by The Beatles.
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.
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.
Pink Floyd release their debut single, Arnold Layne, in the UK. It is immediately banned by the BBC because of its subject matter. That night they play at The Technical College, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
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The Charlatans, The Salvation Army Banned, and Blue Cheer play the second of three nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplores the concept," of rock and roll masses but does not prohibit such services at The Church of San Lessio Falconieri in Italy, Europe.
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.
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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While flying from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to play in The Newport Jazz Festival, Led Zeppelin learn - to their surprise - that they have cancelled the gig due to the ill health of a band member. The festival organisers have dreamed up this excuse to avoid revealing the unpalatable truth - that local officials have banned the group 'in the interest of public safety' following a near riot during the festival's second night. The band's manager, Peter Grant, insists that their contract is binding and Led Zeppelin go onstage at 1 a.m.
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US Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, speaking in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, attacks The Beatles for their use of drug references in such songs as With A Little Help From My Friends.
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.
Scorpions release a new LP, Virgin Killer, in Europe. The album's cover, featuring a naked young girl, sets in train a controversy when when the British Internet Watch Foundation questions whether it might be "potentially illegal" under the Protection of Children Act 1978. Following significant public debate, attempts to have the album banned from appearing on Wikipedia are abandoned.
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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.
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.
The Lyceum, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, bans rock gigs, obliging Irish punk combo Stiff Little Fingers to cancel a show there.
US Interior Secretary James Watt announces that rock bands such as The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots are to be banned from playing at the annual Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, DC, USA, because they attract "the wrong element".
Following attacks by censorship pressure group The PMRC, the RIAA [Record Industry Association of America] agrees to put 'Parental Advisory' labels on selected music releases at their own discretion. The labels are generic, unlike the original idea of a descriptive label categorizing the explicit lyrics.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood reach No1 in the UK pop singles chart with Relax, the banned song that launched a million t-shirts.
Bobby Brown is arrested for violating a Columbus, Georgia, USA, anti-lewdness ordinance. According to the arresting officers, Brown pulled a woman out of the audience and simulated intercourse with her. Arrested in mid-performance, Brown is immediately taken to jail, where he posts a $600 bond, before returning to finish the concert. He is later fined $652.
It is reported that Britney Spears has been forced to rename and partially re-record her latest single, If You Seek Amy, after radio stations in the USA threaten to withdraw the single from their playlists and families call for a "parental advisory" warning. The problem is that, when sung quickly, the title becomes, "F-U-C-K Me"
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.
The Islamist Justice and Development Party calls for a ban on Elton John playing at the imminent Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, Africa, arguing that his appearance would pose "a risk of encouraging homosexuality in Morocco."
Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse files suit against the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Detroit, saying that the United States government had made an “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band as criminal gang members, leading to their harassment by law enforcement and causing them “significant harm.”
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.
Murray Kasmuri, of the popular Indonesian pop/rock group Koes Bersaudara aka Koes Plus, dies aged 65 in Jatisampurna, Bekasi, West Java, Asia. The group became hugely controversial in 1965 when they were arrested on charges of 'subversion', for having performed cover versions of songs by The Beatles.
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 confirmed that the video for Katy Perry's latest single, Dark Horse, has been edited following an online petition signed by 65,000 people claiming that it was blasphemous.