Episode Air Date: July 1, 2016
Artist: Bing Crosby
Recording Title: Deep In The Heart of Texas
You’re listening to Bing Crosby with “Deep In the Heart of Texas”. The song was banned during WWII, and not for any of the usual reasons, like innuendo or vulgarity. No, this song was banned for… being too catchy. Admittedly, it’s hard to not to clap along when you hear the
(clap clap clap)
But there was concern among British factory owners that the rhythmic clapping would actually influence workers. The British Broadcasting Corporation promptly banned its play during work hours.
The BBC banned 75 songs between 1931 and 1957. Want to hear more? Type the word “banned” in the search bar at soundbeat.org