Episode 33 – Banned by the BBC

Having looked at some of the classic session recorded at the BBC, we now look at some of the discs that the corporation declined to play and the reasons why. 

  • We Can’t Let You Broadcast That – Norman Long
  • With my Little Ukulele in my Hand – George Formby
  • House of the Rising Sun – Josh White
  • Gimmie a Pigfoot & a Bottle of Beer – Bessie Smith
  • Rum and Coca-Cola – The Andrews Sisters
  • Radio Times – BBC Dance Orchestra (directed by Henry Hall & vocal by Dan Donovan)
  • She Had to Go and Lose it at the Astor – Johnny Messners
  • Deep in the Heart of Texas – Bing Crosby
  • Don’t Let’s be beastly to the Germans – Noel Coward
  • Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday
  • Old Man Atom – The Sons of the Pioneers
  • Song of India – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
  • La Pettie Tonkinoise – Josephine Baker
  • The Foggy Dew – Peter Pears (with piano accompaniment by Benjamin Britten)
  • (How Little it Matters) How Little we Know – Frank Sinatra
  • One has my Name, the other has my heart – Jimmy Wakely
  • In the Beginning – Frankie Laine
  • Burn the Candle at Both Ends – Shirley Bassey
  • Diggin’ My Potatoes – Lonnie Donegan
  • The Shag (is Totally Cool) – Billy Graves
  • Ken Platt – Ting Tong Tang
  • Dinner with Drac (Parts 1 & 2) – John Zacherie
  • A Russian Love Song – The Goons

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