This Week on Vintage Favourites: May 19th

May 13, 2024

By Gene Stevens

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Every year for the Victoria Day Weekend, I look for a suitably British-theme, and I really like this year’s. It’s very ‘British’ and a bit ‘Victorian’ too.  ‘Songs Banned by the BBC’ is a very long list of songs considered controversial in their day – though the reasons may seem trivial today.  I’ve taken eleven outstanding examples of major hit records by significant recording artists from the 1930s through the 70s … from the ‘jazz age’ to the ‘rock era’ … from Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong to the Beatles and Bowie. Each was banned, and each has a fascinating story which I’m looking forward to sharing with you.
I’ll also salute two amazing cities, both marking anniversaries this week:  New York was founded (as New Amsterdam) 400 years ago on May 20th, 1624. Montreal was founded (as Ville Marie) on May 17th, 1642. I’ll also have my weekly ‘Sunday Sock Hop‘ in the first hour (2-3pm.) packed with great songs from the 50s and early 60s – Little Richard and Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson and The Everlies, and many more.
Have a great long holiday weekend, and please tune in Sunday afternoon between 2:00 and 4:30pm.
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