1962 January 26

Catholic Bishop Bans The Twist

 

Buffalo, New York, Catholic Church Bishop Joseph A. Burke banned the popular dance craze, The Twist, from being heard or danced to at any area Catholic school or event. The announcement on this day was one of many in the early years of rock and roll in which authority figures were convinced that the music would undermine public morals: May 17, 1955; May 22, 1955; and September 9, 1956.

Watch Chubby Checker do The Twist on American Bandstand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbK0C9AYMd8

Learn more: Eric Nuzum, Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001)

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