75 records banned by the BBC 1931-57
Acrobat Records: ACTRCD9015 (3xCD)
This latest CD set from Acrobat introduces us to the BBC’s policy 1931-57 to ban any record which trespassed their headings of:
Sexual and drug innuendo: George Formby With My Little Ukelele In My Hand; Cab Calloway Minnie The Moocher; Johnny Messner She Had To Go And Lose It At The Astor; Andrews Sisters Rum And Coca Cola; Kitty Wells It Wasn’t God Who Made Honkey Tonk Angels; Johnny Ray Such A Night; Billy May Main Title; Stan Freberg John And Marsha
Anti-religion: Arthur Askey The Christening
Bogus religiosity: Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra Light A Candle In The Chaple; Frankie Laine Answer Me
Religion in popular songs: Billie Holiday God Bless The Child
Promoting suicide: Billie Holiday Gloomy Sunday
Advertising: Henry Hall Radio Times
Anti-BBC censorship: Norman Long We Can’t Let You Broadcast That
Classical music rehashed as jazz or pop: Tommy Dorsey Song Of India (Rimsky-Korsakov); Spike Jones Blue Danube (Strauss); Glenn Miller The Story Of A Starry Night(Tchaikovsky)
Nostalgia and Infidelity for troops: Mills Brothers Paper Doll; Bing Crosby I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Other: Bing Crosby Deep In The Heart Of Texas (so factory workers did not bang their tools in time!); Benjamin Brittain The Foggy, Foggy Dew (too tragic); George Melly Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair (tasteless); Spike Jones I Went To Your Wedding (vulgar, ugly)
Poor Dennis Lotis, with the Ted Heath Orchestra, had 3 tracks banned by the BBC committees. Who were these people? There are far more tracks on the CDs than mentioned above. In fact, there are 75 tracks. All of them are fascinating in their own way. Great memories for me – and for you! Oh, I must not forget two more which were banned, that may surprise you: Jo Stafford It Is No Secret; Beverley Sisters Greensleeves.
Just buy it – to take you back to when you were – ‘Young and easy under the apple boughs’ (Dylan Thomas).
[This review is by Edward Black in the July edition of Just Jazz magazine].