1955 May 22

Lock Up Your Teenagers! Fats is Coming


Authorities in Bridgeport, Connecticut, cancelled a Fats Domino concert because of the dangers of “Rock and Roll.” This was one of many controversies and censorship efforts involving rock and roll in the early years. Similar rock and roll concert cancellations due to local officials’ fear of possible violence occurred in Boston, Atlanta, Newark and Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Burbank, California. See Elvis Presley’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show (September 9, 1956) and controversies over the film Blackboard Jungle, which opened with Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock on the soundtrack (August 26, 1955).

See the appendix to Parental Advisory, cited below, for a chronology of censorship efforts against rock and roll.

Fats’ Replies, Ain’t That a Shamehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8CFeNxLXCo 

Learn more: Eric Nuzum, Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001) [see especially the chronology of censorship efforts in the Appendix]

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