1955 August 21

Houston Claims Success in Anti-Rock and Roll Campaign


The Juvenile Delinquency and Crime Commission in Houston, Texas, claimed success on this day in its anti-rock and roll crusade. The effort involved pressuring radio stations not to play recordings with “lewd or suggestive” lyrics. All nine Houston radio stations were cooperating. The crusade began when African-American parents objected to a program that had a female singer (race not identified), who burlesqued southern African-American singers and in the process performed numbers with suggestive lyrics.

Learn more about the censorship of rock and roll (see especially the chronology in the Appendix): Eric Nuzum, Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001)

Learn more at the National Coalition Against Censorship here.

40 Banned or Censored songs here.

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