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How Times Change

How Times Change

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Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Shirley Bassey, Johnny cash, Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps and more.

1951’s ‘Sixty Minute Man’ by Billy Ward helped shape early R’N’R and was banned for its double entendre lyrics. If Chuck Berry wasn’t singing about his ‘Ding-a-Ling’ he was pushing boundaries of acceptability with lines like "tight dresses and lipstick…tomorrow morning she'll be sweet sixteen and back in class again". Bob B. Soxx is up next trying to push teen marriages in ‘63. ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’ is a blues standard covered countlessly. ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ was banned in many places, the song does not state that Susie and her boyfriend had sex, they simply fell asleep at the drive-in. A Johnny Cash classic next, followed by an incestual Elvis. ‘Great Balls of Fire’ is not about spurting testicles but still frowned upon. Gene Vincent’s double A side ‘Be-Bop-Lula’ and the banned by the BBC ‘Woman Love’; Does Vincent grunt a “Fucking” in there? The Beatles love “the honey” as does Dennis Lotis. We finish with Birley Shassey’s banned innuendo filled ‘Burn My Candle’.

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