From our friends over at Greenlight Rockabilly here’s a little bit of banned rock history. Be sure to check out their Facebook page here, and their web page here at Green light Memorabilia Works Store
1957 Jimmy Dee and The Offbeats, most often remembered for their song “Henrietta”, were banned from giving a concert at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey city by commissioner Lawrence Whipple who said “these programs are not for the good of the community and that’s why I ordered them banned.”
1957 Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon is fired for violating the radio station’s ban against playing Elvis Presley’s rendition of “White Christmas”.
1957 After hearing reports that many U.S. radio stations had banned Elvis’ Christmas album because of their shock over “the Pelvis” singing religious songs, DJ Allen Brooks of CKWS in Kingston, Ontario, plays the entire album and invites listeners to call in their opinion. Of 800 callers, only 56 disapprove of Presley’s sacred music.
1957 Capitol Records received a number of complaints about a picture on the front cover of The Five Keys album “On Stage”. To some imaginitive folks, the finger of lead singer Rudy West appeared to be a penis and subsequent issues of the L.P. were airbrushed.
Source: Greenlight Rockabilly